The Shergar Cup returns to Ascot at the weekend with it's six handicaps, worth £42,000 each in prize-money, and the teams of jockeys competing for points to land the trophy. As I have said before, and similar to the Racing League commented on earlier this week, it's a bit of fun. That said the Shergar Cup aint for me for betting purposes, and generally left best alone.
The bets I am having on Saturday can be found below. If you aren’t a fan of Godolphin click away now, it wasn’t planned just the way it has panned out, I am all about the boys in blue on Saturday.
Best bet for the horse racing at Newmarket
Race of the day at HQ is the 7f Group Three 100% Racingtv Profits Back To Racing Sweet Solera Stakes at 2.50. Wild Beauty is one I have been tracking, and backing when possible, and I am on her here for her first run at the level. Caught out by a potentially good one last time at Sandown (Sunstrike back in third) I wouldn’t be surprised if she was ridden a little more prominently here. If the thundery showers forecast Friday evening and the chance of a little rain tomorrow won’t hurt her chances. I took the 5-2 about her Friday afternoon. Value Theory may prove the biggest danger.
The 7f Ian Angry Anderson Celebration Nursery at 3.25 should go to Fall Of Rome another Godolphin owned Charlie Appleby trained one I have been following. He won for me a couple of weeks ago despite greenness at times, hung left a bit again, but even having to give the field weight here he should have too much for them with more expected from him yet. 9-4 was about with Hills early on Friday afternoon.
Quintillus was a non-runner on the Saturday at Goodwood when I wanted to back him and I simply have to be on for the 4.30 the 7f Watch Every Race Live On RacingTV Handicap. Plenty short enough at 5-4 (only Hills priced-up) on Friday afternoon. Recent third in the Britannia at Royal Ascot suggests a win is due and though he clearly has his quirks he can win this.
Best bet for the horse racing at Haydock
Arguably one of the most progressive horse in training this season Real World steps-up to pattern class for the Group Three MansionBet Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at 4.10 up at Haydock over 1m2½f. A late developer, only ran once at three, was ran well in defeat in fair races at the Dubai Carnival before he returned to the UK and is thriving having won the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot and then a Listed heat at Newbury last time. The biggest concern is possibly the good-soft going, basically an unknown for the colt, but I have taken the 11-8 on Friday as it shouldn’t get any worse on Merseyside.