Ryan Moore heads to Kempton Park this afternoon fresh off the back of success on Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, and the former champion jockey has four rides on the card including Arab Spring (2.30) in the Download the BetVictor App Now Maiden Stakes.
The colt was runner-up to the subsequently 106-rated Elkaayed on debut last May and the well bred son of Monsun will be hard to beat providing he takes to the polytrack surface, conceding over a stone to the 3-y-o’s in the field.
Moore can double up with Jeremy Noseda’s Dutiful Son (4.30) in the ‘6 Places at Aintree at BetVictor.com Handicap’ over six furlongs.
The former champion jockey rode the course and distance winner to victory last time out and despite an 8lb rise still looks well handicapped for a partnership that has enjoyed a 26 per cent strike-rate over the past year.
Sir Graham Wade is an eye-catching runner in the BetVictor.com Conditions Stakes, with the Mark Johnston stable in excellent form at present, however preference lay with David Simcock’s Castilo Del Diablo (5.00) with Jamie Spencer in the plate He was beaten just two lengths at Lingfield four weeks ago but was given plenty to do in the closing stages and it is hoped that Spencer can make amends and steer the 5-y-o to victory, as he did at Lingfield three starts back.
AP McCoy goes to Plumpton to ride three for Donald McCain and the fact that the 18-time Champion Jockey stays around to ride Never Never (5.40) in the finale, gives quite the pointer to the geldings’ chances.
The 4-y-o makes his first start for the yard after a trio of bumpers in Ireland, most recently chasing home the JP McManus home-bred Off the Mark at Leopardstown.
He looks to be steadily progressing and should be difficult to beat for a team that excel in the sphere.
The pair also team-up for Volcanic (2.10) and Tonvadosa (2.40) in the two and three mile novices’ hurdles respectively, on what good be a cracking day for the pair and an even better one for punters etching McCain and McCoy into their multiples.
Elsewhere on the card, Robert Bewley’s Indigo Island (4.40) can take the two and a half mile handicap chase on the back of a solid second last time out at Sedgefield.
The 5-y-o chased home the well backed favourite Samtheman just ten days ago and can go one better from just a pound higher mark against much more exposed rivals.
Benny the Swinger (4.50) can build on his recent win at Fontwell and follow up accordingly for local trainer Chris Gordon at Plumpton.
The 9-y-o was given a cool ride by regular partner Tom Cannon that day and looked to have plenty in hand. He can go in again from just a 4lb higher mark.
Gary Moore is double handed in the lucky last with Galiotto (5.20) and Major Martin with the former preferred after impressing on the flat. He has been plying his trade on the all-weather and was a recent scorer over the marathon trip, three starts back at Kempton Park.