Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore has five rides at Royal Ascot, and hopes Anthony Van Dyck can push the favourites in the King George…
13:50 – Dark Lady
She looks to have bumped into a well-regarded sort on her debut at Newbury and I was quite taken with her when she won easily at Lingfield for me. This is obviously a big step up from that novice but she is an unexposed and well-bred filly – I used to ride the dam Ladyship – and she is well worth a tilt at Group company after what she did at Lingfield, though Summer Romance is the one we all have to beat, quite clearly. She was very impressive at Newmarket last time.
15:00 – Lake Volta
He ran well for me when fifth in the Bunbury Cup and he looks to have followed it up with a good second, under much different conditions of 6f and soft ground, at Hamilton last time. He is a solid handicapper who has fair course form, and he is actually 2lb well-in here.
First-time cheek pieces to help
15:40 – Anthony Van Dyck
Even when he won the Derby, we saw there that he ran in snatches a bit, so I think the first-time cheek pieces will help him to travel into the race a bit better.
It was clearly very disappointing to see him being beaten at the Curragh, where he raced behind the bridle and had nothing to take him into the contest. So, he is much better than that.
I wouldn’t read anything negative into the headgear at all, as he is a well-seasoned horse, top-class and very tough and genuine, and he is getting the weight. You would have to think that 1m4f at Ascot will pose no problems either, but he clearly needs to come forward again from his Epsom win against the top two, and there is no denying that.
Needs to improve
16:15 – Subjectivist
He did what he was entitled to at Chelmsford last time and he bumped into the Superlative Stakes winner Mystery Power on his earlier start at Haydock, so there was no disgrace in that defeat. He will obviously need to progress again to be winning this, but the potential is there.
She should shine bright
17:20 – Vivid Diamond
She has been running consistently well of late and she was meeting a well-handicapped horse when running a good race behind Infrastructure at Chester last time. She can race off a 1lb lower mark here, and she looks to have a fair chance.