Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Moore is fired up for Ascot glory bid

Big chance: Olivier Peslier rides Anodin at Royal Ascot

Dromore trainer Stan Moore is gearing up for his favourite week of the year.

The Co Down handler, now based in Lambourn, has several entries at Royal Ascot, which starts tomorrow.

Moore has Somedaysrdiamonds and Boann in the Windsor Castle Stakes tomorrow.

"We are really looking forward to Royal Ascot and have several entries," said Moore.

Anodin, with Olivier Peslier on board, rates as terrific each-way value in the opening race of Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne Stakes, which is much more open than bookies are suggesting.

Richard Hannon's Toronado is odds-on in some lists and if he is in the same form as when beating Dawn Approach in the Sussex Stakes he is certainly going to be hard to topple.

However, he then attempted to step up to 10 furlongs at York but was beaten before the trip became an issue.

He looked lacklustre in a racecourse gallop at Lingfield, after which connections decided to miss the Breeders' Cup.

He may well win but with so many punting opportunities over the next five days, there really is no need to be piling into a short-priced favourite.

A sporting flutter on Freddy Head's only runner of the meeting instead looks a better bet.

A brother of the exceptional mare Goldikova and a half-brother to the Group One winner Galikova, Head knows the family better than anyone and he believes they only start coming to themselves in their fourth year.

Anodin was useful as a three-year-old but came up short in Group One company.

If Anodin performs close to his potential, he has at least each-way chances.

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