It’s Shergar Cup Day at Ascot, and while some dismiss the concept – I’ve always found it hugely profitable. After all, we all know who the good jockeys are don’t we?
So let’s get stuck into the action.
The first race I want to look at is the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot at 2.40pm. Although not well drawn, I really like HALATION (4/1), who will be ridden by Jamie Spencer for his old boss Sheikh Fahad.
This David Simcock-challenger has been running in better company the last twice and been banging the door down. The draw could be better, but he should run huge.
Next up at Ascot is the Shergar Cup Classic over 1m 4f at 3.15pm. The one to be on here is HAVISHAM (5/1), who drops back in distance having run a cracker over two miles at Ascot last time.
He’s not slow though and Andrew Balding has done well in this competition over the years. Jockey Blake Shinn is no mug.
Finally at Ascot, check out the Sprint at 3.50pm. Let’s go with SQUATS (9/1) here for William Haggas and Hayley Turner. Squats was far from disgraced behind Magical Memory at Newmarket and looks to have a great chance over this 6f trip.
At Haydock, and one of the big events is the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at 2.55pm over an extended 1m 2f. All eyes here are on INTILAAQ, who on form would not be far of Gleneagles after his thrashing of Consort last time. This should be easy pickings for Roger Varian.
Finally, I want to be on HAWKSMOOR in a good renewal of the 7f Group 3 Solera Stakes at Haydock at 3.35pm. I’m afraid of Blue Bayou, who will be strongly fancied – but Hugo Palmer’s charge could be something special.
So best of luck and let’s take a few quid off Paddy. It’s Yeeehaaas all the way.
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