Ryan Moore: The verdict on my seven rides on day one of York’s Dante meeting
York 14:20 – Speed Company
I won on him a couple of times last season, at Newmarket and Doncaster, so I think this track will suit him a lot better than Epsom did on his return. He didn't run badly at Epsom last month – in fact he shaped pretty well for me in fifth – and that run will hopefully have brought him on. There is a fair bit of rain around, but he has won on soft ground as well on good, so it should be fine if the going eases further. The draw in 14 could have been better, though.
York 14:55 – Lexington Abbey
He is drawn 20 of 20, so I will soon find out whether that is good or bad. I haven't ridden him before but he looks to have a fair amount going for him. He is versatile ground-wise and comes here on the back of a promising second on his return over at Musselburgh, and he has plenty of big-field 6f form. It's just a matter of whether the handicapper has him in his grip at the moment.
York 15:30 – Tupi
This looks a pretty warm Duke Of York, but I was pretty impressed with Tupi when he won on his return at Doncaster, and that was probably his best effort since just being touched off by Magical Memory in the Abernant last season. If he can build on that – and he probably wouldn't want too much more rain, for all those runs came on good to soft ground – then he has each-way chances.
But this is a hot race and a strong Group 2, as I said. Last year's winner Magical Memory is in here, as are a whole host of possible winners including class horses The Tin Man, Brando and Suedois, though The Tin Man has a 5lb penalty for his Group 1 win at Ascot.
York 16:05 – Miss Infinity
I rode her to finish fourth in the Pretty Polly and she clearly needs to improve on that form to figure here – though she does have winning form on soft ground – and the other four in the race are unexposed, last time out winners. The obvious one to beat is Shutter Speed, whose Newbury form was franked by Enable at Chester and who has won in soft ground, and I imagine she will win if she runs.
York 16:35 – Battered
As ever, William's horses are in good form, with two placed runners in the French Classics this weekend, and Battered has run okay in his two races this season. He has actually gone up 1lb for his Lingfield fourth last time, but that looked a decent all-weather handicap and he has run well on three course starts, including when second in a big field here in the autumn. He looks to have a fair chance in an open handicap, though Chessman's Newbury second is working out very well and he could be the one to beat.
York 17:05 – Knockout Blow
There are a few in here with experience, even if they don't seem to set such a high standard to aim at. But I don't know anything about my colt other than the pedigree, which is promising enough as he is a Lethal Force half-brother to a few winners who include the smart Stewards' Cup winner Rex Imperator. Hopefully, the fact that I am aboard suggests he has been going well at home, but I don't know.
York 17:35 – Theydon Grey
This is another one of William's and I suppose he looks to have been a little disappointing on his debut for the yard over 1m2f at Yarmouth last month. But he has been eased 1lb in the weights for it and he has form over this longer trip. He will clearly need to improve for that reappearance effort, though, and if it did turn soft that would be an unknown.