Moore to take Wembley way

30 April 2021 00:15:14 GMTPlus10

Ryan Moore has been handed the ride on Wembley for Saturday's 2,000 Guineas and will face 14 rivals in the Newmarket Classic.

Wembley is a 7/2 shot and  is one of three runners set to go to post for trainer Aidan O’Brien alongside Battleground and Van Gogh, while stablemate St Mark’s Basilica was a notable absentee at final declarations.

Thunder Moon, who had been behind St Mark's Basilica when he landed the Dewhurst Stakes last year, will also line up on Saturday with Mac Swiney, winner of the Vertem Futurity, and Military Style the only others not declared for Newmarket.

William Buick will partner Master Of The Seas for Godolphin with James Doyle riding One Ruler and Adam Kirby aboard Naval Crown.

The 2,000 Guineas will be by far the biggest field of the day at Newmarket with only one other race drawing a double-figure field after ten were declared for the Suffolk Stakes.

While Wembley is expected to be in the mix for the 2,000 Guineas, stablemate Santa Barbara is 5/4 to capture the Qipco 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

Alcohol Free is among the opposition after making a successful return to action at Newbury this month and her jockey Oisin Murphy believes the filly can take another step forward on her first attempt over a mile.

Murphy said: "I was thrilled with her at Newbury – she was just ready to start off. She did everything nicely in the race. I made her come back and wait and go through the gears and she did it all well.

"She really stuck her neck out at Newbury but she wasn't fully wound up and Andrew [Balding, trainer] made everyone aware of that. We certainly felt she would improve for the race. I was happy with her performance and she got to the line well.

"She has come out of the race well and hasn't done any serious work since – it has all been routine work but she has passed every test so far."

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