Happy Birthday Ryan Moore! The three-time Champion Jockey turns thirty-seven on Friday, but there’s no time to rest for Coolmore’s Number 1. He’ll be riding at Newbury, with chances on the Friday card.
Moore has been in great form of late, with three winners from his last eight rides. I’ve taken a look through his bigger priced rides on Friday and they all look to have strong chances. With the potential of a 876/1 treble, here are three of Moore’s chances on a Birthday Friday at Newbury.
2.30 Newbury – Dash Of Spice
He’s been well below his best in 2020, but Dash Of Spice has been pitched into some top handicaps. He was far from disgraced when fourth at Ascot on his latest outing, his best run of the campaign thus far.
He currently sits five pounds below his last winning rating and he’s very lightly-raced for his age, with just the twelve starts as a six-year-old. His record over the 1m 4f distance reads 1156, with the two defeats having excuses behind them.
He’s still unexposed at this distance and overall, so off a dangerous rating in a race that will be run to suit, he’s got obvious claims at a nice price.
4.15 Newbury – Jovial
The feature race of the day, the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes gives Moore a very interesting chance with Jovial. A lightly-raced three-year-old, she’s been mainly progressive thus far. She jumped straight out of handicap company when beaten a neck in a Haydock Listed race on her latest outing.
She was a shade disappointing at York last time, but dropping back to six furlongs didn’t look to have helped matters. She’s back up in distance today and her sole run at this trip resulted in that narrow Haydock defeat. She gets the allowances taking on her elders and there’s plenty to like about her chances.
5.20 Newbury – Maori Knight
With just the seven starts under his belt, the best should be yet to come from Maori Knight. A Chelmsford maiden winner back in February, he’s posted some very good efforts in handicaps thus far.
He went down by a head on handicap debut at Haydock in June, running well in some very competitive races since. He returns to Class 4 level for the first time since that narrow Haydock defeat and he’s only two pounds higher in the ratings.
Thoroughly unexposed and going for a yard in superb form of late, Moore has a great chance to end the card in style.