Over the years plenty moan about the Shergar Cup at Ascot, but I love it and for many different reasons so Paddy watch out I’m gunning to take your cash once again this weekend.
Punters often like to feel superior, so many complain about the foreign jockeys. But actually it gives you a huge edge if you bother to do your research – we know who is good, who is not so good, and who might lack the experience.
Let’s have a look at each race. The Dash features some fine sprinters, and the one I like is Goldream (7/2), who ran a cracker at York behind Muthmir and has the help of Craig Williams, who used to be Mick Channon’s stable jockey. A great chance.
The Stayers’ is tricky, with Hassle (4/1) stepping up in trip and hopefully proving good enough. He’s been in good form of late and loves Ascot as his last two efforts have both been at the track.
Next up it is the Challenge over 1m4f, and here I’ll be on Presburg (5/1), who should get a strong pace to run at. This gelding has been over 1m2f of late, finishing a fine third behind Forgotten Hero at Ascot last time, but he has winning form at 12f and a fierce gallop will suit.
In the Mile have a few quid on Hit The Jackpot (13/2), who will have the services of Jimmy Fortune and who also ran behind Forgotten Hero in second place. He’s going the opposite way – back to 1m – but that will be no problem.
The penultimate race on the card is the Classic, and here I’m hoping for a big effort from Snow Squall (10/1), who stays this trip well but ran a total shocker at Sandown last time. Hopefully he is better than that and Mark Johnston usually has a winner at this fixture.
Finally it’s the sprint over 6f, and Sir Robert Cheval (7/1) was not beaten far over 7f last time and might appreciate the drop back in trip. A lightly raced type, let’s hope the Japanese rider gets a tune out of him.
So Paddy we remember Shergar who will have ripped up your profits back in the 80s – let’s hope we do the same this weekend. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!