Whatever your views on Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting, it is impossible to take issue with the coverage of all but the first race by ITV racing. We have tips for the seven races shown from the Berkshire racecourse, two from the card at Haydock Park and one from Newmarket.
“Tip of the Day” - Isla Kai (3.55pm Ascot) - 5/1 with William Hill
With Ascot specialist Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Nigel Tinkler’s Royal Hunt Cup sixth can prove the best bet on the Shergar Cup card.
1.35pm Ascot. 7f
Our Tip: Orbaan - 15/8 with Unibet
Even with a 5lb penalty to carry it is hard to look beyond last week’s Goodwood Mile winner Orbaan for this 7f Conditions Stakes.
Neil Callan’s mount turned that competitive handicap into a procession and will be very hard to beat if in the same kind of form.
2.10pm Ascot. 5f
Our Tip: Arecibo - 4/1 with Betfred
Trainer Robert Cowell is responsible for three of the 10 runners, the best of which may be Arecibo and jockey Daniel Tudhope.
The seven-year-old has yet to show anything like his best form this season. But all of those races came in Group company and if able to run up to his course and distance second in last year’s Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes would be a shoo-in at today’s weights.
Our Tip: Electrical Storm (Nb) - 2/1 with Betfred
An easy winner of a York handicap in June following a break of 551 days, the step-up to a mile and a quarter just seemed to find the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Electrical Storm out on his most recent start at Sandown.
After taking the lead approaching the final furlong at the Esher racecourse, the five-year-old was just run out of it close home. This one mile trip should suit the mount of Andrea Atzeni much better and is fancied to get back to winning ways.
2.45pm Ascot. 2m
Our Tip: Golden Flame (e.w.) (Longshot) - 25/1 with William Hill (4 places)
After his unlucky second at Goodwood last week Super Superjack will be fancied by many to go one better in the hands of Nicola Currie.
The five-year-old is sure to be well supported so at a big price I am prepared to give Golden Flame another chance. Charlie & Mark Johnston’s charge certainly has the ability to go close and if jockey Jason Collette can get a soft lead up front, the gelding is more than capable of causing an upset.
3.00pm Haydock. 1m 2 1/2f
Our Tip: Anmaat - 5/1 with bet365
It was hard not to be impressed by the wide-margin British debut success of Grocer Jack at Newbury last month. The five-year-old is unlikely to be allowed as much rope in this extended 1m 2f Group 3 however, with Owen Burrows’ John Smith Gold Cup winner Anmaat expected to cope with the step-up in class.
Second in last season’s Cambridgeshire, Jim Crowley’s mount went one better off a mark of 103 on the Knavesmire and the still lightly-raced four-year-old gelding looks every inch a Group horse in the making.
3.20pm Ascot. 2m
Our Tip: Angel Power (e.w.) - 16/1 with William Hill (4 places)
Charging Thunder and Pride Of Priory are both on hat-tricks while The Whipmaster was on a five-timer when finishing second over course and distance last month.
Jockey Hayley Turner has an excellent record at the Shergar Cup and it may be worth taking a chance on joint top weight Angel Power recapturing her form now that the mare has dropped to a mark of 97.
The grey earned a rating of 108 after winning a Newmarket Group 3 as a three-year-old and hasn’t been disgraced in four starts this season.
3.40pm Newmarket. 7f
Our Tip: Novakai - 4/1 with bet365
An open renewal of this Group 3 juvenile fillies’ contest. The two most interesting contenders are Alseyoob and Novakai, both impressive winners on their only starts to date.
The former looked potential Group class when winning on the course last month. But the vote goes to the Karl Burke-trained filly who comes from a stable with a wealth of talent in this department and couldn’t have won more easily when beating a decent horse of Charlie & Mark Johnston’s at Doncaster despite being weak in the market.
3.55pm Ascot. 1m
Our Tip: Isla Kai (Nap) - 5/1 with William Hill
No jockey rides Ascot better than Frankie Dettori and his mount Isla Kai can prove the best bet on the Shergar Cup card with a victory in this one mile handicap.
The four-year-old is not ideally drawn in stall ten but providing his rider can obtain a decent early position the Nigel Tinkler-trained gelding’s sixth place in the Royal Hunt Cup off a 3lb higher mark would make the selection very hard to beat in this company.
4.30pm Ascot. 1m 4f
Our Tip: Berkshire Breeze - 7/2 with Coral
Beaten just a head on his handicap debut on this course last month, the Andrew Balding-trained Berkshire Breeze can win for the first time at the seventh attempt.
The colt has yet to finish out of the first four in six races to date and just seems to keep bumping into one too good. Joanna Mason’s mount is more than capable of winning a handicap off a mark of 85 and with plenty more improvement expected, is fancied to get the better of William Haggas’ unexposed Hamaki.
5.05pm Ascot. 6f
Our Tip: Razeyna - 7/2 with Coral
The William Haggas-trained Razeyna looked an improving sprinter when running out a comfortable winner on her handicap debut at Carlisle last month and does not appear harshly treated off a mark just 4lb higher.
On the fillies’ fifth career start, the mount of Jose-Luis Martinez could well be competing in Listed company before the end of the season and makes plenty of appeal at today’s weights.