Ryan Moore's global reputation reached a new high yesterday when he shared a mutually outstanding performance with Snow Fairy in Japan. If anything, the filly's acceleration to win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup was still more breathtaking than it had been in winning the same hugely valuable prize last year. And it took Moore's record on her to five Grade or Group One wins in five rides.
Dropped out from the outside gate in a field of 18, Snow Fairy still had a vast amount of ground to make up on turning in. Yet somehow her turn of foot and her rider's daring in the straight enabled the partnership to get up by a neck. No less deserving of praise is Ed Dunlop, who showed such enterprise in targeting Kyoto's riches last year – and has once again sustained Snow Fairy's appetite deep into the year. Dunlop has reiterated his international stature as a trainer and will take Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux, his Melbourne Cup runner-up, to Hong Kong next month.
Chris McGrath's nap: Dark Dune (3.10 Wolverhampton)
Took well to course and distance the other day, finishing strongly.
Next best: First Fandango (2.50 Leicester)
Unexposed and produced a career best on his handicap debut last time.
One to watch: Noble Alan (Nicky Richards) warrants perseverance despite failing to complete on Saturday.
Where the money's going
Big Zeb is 11-2 from 13-2 with Betfred for the Queen Mother Champion Chase after his win in Ireland.Reuse content