Ryan Moore confident Curragh test will suit Los Angeles

Ryan Moore is hoping Los Angeles can make up ground with Ambiente Friendly as the pair clash again in Sunday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

The duo met in the Derby at Epsom earlier this month, with neither proving a match for Los Angeles’ stablemate City Of Troy, who ran out an impressive winner for Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Ambiente Friendly was a two-and-three-quarter-length runner-up for James Fanshawe on that occasion, with Los Angeles beaten a further three and a quarter lengths in third.

However, Moore expects his mount to be suited by the Curragh track and believes Los Angeles could improve again on what will be just his fifth career start.

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Los Angeles in winning action at Leopardstown
Los Angeles in winning action at Leopardstown (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

The rider told RTE’s Morning Ireland: “He was a Group One-winning two-year-old, he won his trial nicely at Leopardstown and he ran a super race in the Derby.

“I think the Curragh will suit him well.

“He’s done very little wrong in his career. Obviously, he’s got to turn the form around with Ambiente Friendly, who was a good runner-up in the Derby.

“We’ve got a few lengths to find but hopefully he’s still open to improvement and we would like to think he can find a little bit more returning to the Curragh.”

O’Brien is also confident his son of Camelot can make his presence felt as he bids for a record-extending 16th success in the Classic event.

O’Brien said: “Los Angeles seems to be in good form. He’s a big, strong horse and very straightforward and obviously Epsom can be a little bit tactical and a little bit undulating, so we were delighted with the run and we just felt he needed to run for the experience and we’ve been happy with him since.

“He’s a big horse, but he’s a good mover. It was nice ground in Epsom and he didn’t have any problem with it and he seemed to come out of the race very well.”

Ambiente Friendly (white cap) found only City Of Troy too good at Epsom
Ambiente Friendly (white cap) found only City Of Troy too good at Epsom (Adam Davy/PA)

Meanwhile, Ambiente Friendly’s trainer is backing big-race jockey Robert Havlin to get the tactics right in a race that also sees Epsom ninth Euphoric, along with Grosvenor Square and The Euphrates, represent O’Brien.

Fanshawe said: “He goes over tonight and he’s been really good since Epsom. He lost a bit of weight after the Derby, which is understandable, but he worked well a week ago and seems really well.

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“He’s come along way in a short space of time, Ambiente Friendly, he was an 8-1 shot for the (Lingfield) Derby Trial and won that well before running a tremendous race in the Derby, so hopefully he can keep going in an upward trajectory.

“The race will play out as it is and I will leave that to Rab. I’m sure there will be some pace and there’s not many runners. He handled Epsom OK so he should be able to handle most tracks.

“Rab has been riding him a lot since Epsom and is really happy with the horse.”

The Ger Lyons-trained Keeper’s Heart is also part of the home defence, with Ambiente Friendly joined by David Menuisier’s French Derby seventh Sunway and the Roger Varian-trained Leicester novice winner Matsuri as the British challenge in a field of eight.

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