Moore the Merrier – Ryan Moore’s Top 5 Rides this Weekend
Ryan Moore’s Best Chances this Weekend
Top Jockey Ryan Moore has a number of excellent chances this weekend. Firstly, the Ballydoyle retainer heads to Newmarket for a book of strong rides, before heading across the channel to Paris for an incredible Longchamp card that centres around the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Here at Racing Tips, we have identified Ryan Moore’s five strongest chances across the two days – check out our thoughts below.
FEARBY – (£150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes, 2:20pm Newmarket, Saturday)
Ryan Moore has ridden a number of exciting juveniles this season, and he gets aboard Edward Bethell’s FEARBY for the first time this weekend when the duo team up in the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes.
A Listed winner at Sandown earlier this season, Fearby has held his form without adding to that tally in three subsequent starts – finishing a close-up third in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes a fortnight ago.
This represents a drop-in class from that assignment, and the easing ground looks a plus for his chances today.
VERDICT: Big weight but carries that for a reason; soft ground suits and tough to beat on his best form.
MOTHER EARTH – (Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, 2:55pm Newmarket, Saturday)
Aidan O’Brien’s MOTHER EARTH has proven admirably consistent as a 3yo, landing the 1000 Guineas over this track and trip in May; Saffron Beach and Fev Rover directly behind.
She added another Group 1 to her CV when landing the Prix Rothschild at Deauville in August, and looked incredibly unlucky not to follow up in the Matron Stakes at the Curragh afterwards, where she endured a nightmare run.
Most ground seems to come alike to this filly, and she clearly handles this track well, so granted a clearer passage on Saturday she is expected to put up another bold showing.
VERDICT: 1000 Guineas winner here in May, big chance returned to this venue with the easing ground of no concern.
STONE AGE – (Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, 1:50pm Longchamp, Sunday)
Ryan Moore’s first big ride on Longchamp’s Sunday card comes in the form of STONE AGE in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
This Galileo colt has run well in defeat in all three career starts to date, going down by just a head in the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at the Curragh last month.
Dropping back to 7f shouldn’t inconvenience Stone Age on that Curragh showing, and this has proven a good race for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore in recent years – with the duo teaming up to land the 2017 renewal with Happily.
VERDICT: Maiden but went close in Group 2 company last time out and shouldn’t be inconvenienced by dropping back to 7f.
SNOWFALL – (Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, 3:05pm Longchamp, Sunday)
Ryan Moore has ridden two Arc winners (Workforce – 2010, Found – 2016) and he will be hoping to bring up the hat-trick with SNOWFALL this weekend.
This filly has enjoyed an incredible transformation from two to three, running out a dominant 16l winner of the Oaks at Epsom in June. Victories in the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents followed, before Snowfall’s winning sequence came to an end (at odds of 1/5) in the Prix Vermeille on trials day here last month.
Whilst that was clearly disappointing, her yard was going through something of a quiet spell at that time and the Arc is undoubtedly the main aim for Snowfall. 3yo fillies have enjoyed a good record in the race in recent years and Snowfall is their sole representative this year.
VERDICT: Disappointing latest but a return to mid-season form would make her a leading candidate.
JOAN OF ARC – (Prix de l’Opera Longines, 3:50pm Longchamp, Sunday)
JOAN OF ARC built on a second in the Irish 1000 Guineas when landing the French Oaks at Chantilly in June.
She ran well against her elders in the Nassau at Goodwood afterwards, before failing to see out the 1m4f trip in last month’s Prix Vermeille.
Dropping back to 1m2f in Sunday’s Prix de l’Opera looks a big plus on that showing, and the forecast rainfall will hold no fears.
That Nassau third is arguably the strongest piece of 3yo form in this line-up, and the classic generation has won this race seven times in the last ten years. Aidan O’Brien rejuvenated Rhododendron to win this contest in 2017, and Joan Of Arc has a strikingly similar profile.
VERDICT: French Oaks winner earlier this year and 3yo’s have a fine recent record in this race.