Monday 22 January 2018

Moore looking forward to Glen


Ryan Moore is eagerly anticipating teaming up with Gleneagles for the first time in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Joseph O'Brien rode the son of Galileo in all but one of his races last year, when he was just about the best two-year-old colt.

Wins in the Futurity and the National Stakes at the Curragh as well as a first-past-the-post finish in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere marked the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt as a very special youngster.

O'Brien junior does 9st for the first time this season and rides unbeaten stablemate Ol' Man River, the subject of strong market support this week

"I am looking forward to riding Gleneagles in the Guineas. He was just about the best two-year-old around last year, he turned up at every race and he kept on winning," Moore told his Betfair column.

"He won the Tyros Stakes, the Futurity Stakes and the National Stakes in Ireland, then he went to France and he won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Okay, so he lost that race in the stewards' room, but he was the winner on merit, he was the best horse in it. He is a horse I am looking forward to a lot.

"His stable companion Ol' Man River is also really interesting. He won his two races last year, including the Beresford Stakes, a race that is often a good pointer to the following year's Classics.

"He is by Montjeu out of Finsceal Beo, who won the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1,000 Guineas and almost won the French 1000 Guineas, and there is no telling how good he could be."

Capella Sansevero danced every dance last year and was not beaten far in the Middle Park on his final outing, with trainer Ger Lyons admitting he should have run him over further.

"Cappella Sansevero had a busy two-year-old campaign with a lot of travelling so it was always the intention to start him back in the Guineas. He has had a couple of racecourse gallops and won first time out last season," said Lyons.

"He should have run in the Dewhurst rather than the Middle Park. When Andrea (Atzeni) got off him after the Middle Park he said that he was only really getting going at the winning post, and I have no doubt he will get a mile. I am happy with him, he has done well physically and his work has been good."

William Muir thinks the world of Code Red but admits he may be more of a sprinter.

The handler said: "He travelled really well in the Greenham but just got tired, if he hadn't he'd have given a really good account. He'll definitely win Group Three or Group Two races but whether he's up to this, I don't know. I think he'll get the mile but it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up being a sprinter."

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