On the eve of the summer classic that is Glorious Goodwood, the global eyes of racing will be centred on West Sussex this week.
As five days of elite flat racing lay in wait from Tuesday, here, we take a look at one of the favourites to win Jockey of the Week: Ryan Moore.
A native of Brighton along the coast in neighbouring East Sussex, the 38-year-old three-time Champion Jockey’s was again crowned Leading Jockey at Royal Ascot last month, taking seven wins and four runners-up placings across the five days in Berkshire.
With eight wins during the last fortnight, seven of those, however, have been on Irish soil at Leopardstown and The Curragh.
Retaining his rather inconsistent record on home turf this season and having taken just one win during the July Festival at Newmarket, might another five-day stint resurrect his fortunes?
Here are our pick of Ryan’s confirmed rides.
Kyprios, Goodwood Cup, Tuesday, 15:35
The highlight of not only opening day but perhaps the week is the Goodwood Cup, as once more Kyprios and Stradivarius lock horns.
With Frankie Dettori replaced with Andrea Atzeni on the might Stradi this time around, revenge will be on the menu for the Gosdens but Kyprios was dominant in the Ascot Gold Cup and will take some beating here.
Hollie Doyle and Trueshan will also supply a significant threat but Moore’s mount looks the class apar. Looking to make it four for four this season, set to go off at around 6/4f.
Crystal Caprice, Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Fillies’ Handicap, Tuesday, 17:20
Opening day also sees another strong hope for Moore with Sir Michael Stoute’s 3yo riser.
With just three races under the filly’s belt, a win at Yarmouth last time out could prove the yardstick for the daughter of Frankel.
It could be double delight on Tuesday with Crystal Caprice at around 9/4.
Order of Australia, Sussex Stakes, Wednesday, 15:35
A horse who has been on BestofBets tracker for a while, A P O ‘Brien’s 5yo comes into Wednesday’s main event fresh from winning the Romanised Minstrel Stakes for a second year on the bounce at The Curragh just over a week ago.
Impressing in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, Order of Australian came home third at a massive price of 18/1 behind Baaeed and Real World.
Baaeed will again be the overwhelming favourite here at around 2/11 but Moore could push both Jim Crowley’s ride and the July Cup-winning Alcohol Free hard here.
At the very least merits e/w investment at 11/1.
Migdam, Kincsem Handicap, Thursday, 13:50
An impressive French colt, Moore and Stoute are set to team up once more at Goodwood this week with Migdam.
The 3yo has lost just once in four – as a debutante – but seen victory in the last three entries and been a handsome winner by at least 1½ lengths on each occasion.
Winning the only race this season at Doncaster last month, there is slight asterisk to this pick with Moore potentially opting to go with Operating in this race instead but if he is the mount, 6/1 looks a good bet.
Hoo Ya Mal, Gordon Stakes, Thursday, 15:00
Though without a win this term, all three of Hoo Ya Mal’s outings have been not without huge positives.
Beaten by expected 5/2f Desert Crown in the Cazoo Derby, the 3yo’s astonishing 150/1 price would have left many in the ring grinning from ear-to-ear.
Here, a 3/1 price for Andrew Balding sees vastly different expectations and with New London his main rival, it could though be fourth time lucky for trainer George Boughey.