Dubai Shergar Cup Day Preview - Ascot
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Dubai Shergar Cup Day Preview - Ascot

Frankie Dettori will contest his first Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in six years when he captains the European team in this year's international extravaganza at Ascot. Riders from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Britain and Ireland are all taking part - including Hollie Doyle, Jamie Spencer, Takeshi Yokoyama and French-born Christophe Lemaire - who represents Japan. There are eight races on Ascot's Shergar Cup card from 1.00pm-5.05pm and the Racing Post previews the action.


1.00pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Curtain Raiser Classified Stakes (1m2f)

AMANZOE is already the highest-rated contender in the Shergar Cup opener and, winner of three from her last four starts and a veteran of just seven runs, the William Haggas trained filly is still very much on the upgrade. She left clear scope for better despite scoring by nearly four lengths at Sandown last month on her first start at this mile-and-a-quarter trip and she looks destined to get Joanna Mason and the Ladies Team off to a winning start.

Value Theory's Glorious Goodwood third can be marked up a notch as she did best of those racing on the speed and the Mark Johnston inmate may find this easier in the hands of Christophe Lemaire - she could be the key danger - while Blenheim Boy is one to note upped in trip under Jamie Spencer.

Selection: Amanzoe

Next Best: Value Theory

Premier League Preview - Saturday

Premier League Preview - Saturday

1.35pm - Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Classified Stakes (7f)

Orbaan came clear of the field in the Golden Mile Handicap at Glorious Goodwood just eight days ago and a repeat effort will make him a tough nut to crack over this stiff 7f despite his penalty. David O'Meara's charge is 4-34 in his career however and so, at the prices, might be worth taking on now.

Epsom Faithfull was a convincing 6f scorer here four weeks ago and will have every chance of further success if seeing this extra furlong out well.

The likeable Gweedore is usually one to be relied upon and so a forgiving attitude to his Thirsk flop is advised while front-running Bowman is capable from his current mark.

DIVINE MAGIC won well at Leicester on penultimate start and she only narrowly failed to peg back the well-handicapped Dubai Love at Newmarket since. She's only 1lb higher now and should relish this test under Takeshi Yokoyama.

Selection: Divine Magic

Next Best: Epsom Faithfull


2.10pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap, 5f)

Having finished second in the Group 1 Kings Stand over C&D last summer, Arecibo is clearly one to note for Robert Cowell now. He's run well here but is, no less, 0-6 at Ascot. He's still 4lb above his last win-mark to boot.

It almost wouldn't be Shergar Cup Day if Hayley Turner isn't on the scoresheet and MANACCAN may give her the customary winner. He was beaten a length in a 27-runner handicap over C&D at the Royal Meeting in June and has since finished second off this mark in a decent contest at Chester in a first-time tongue-tie (retained now). They look set for another big run.

King Of Stars was second over track and trip a fortnight ago and has to be shortlisted with that in mind, while top-weight Lampang is easily forgiven his Stewards Cup run last Saturday and should welcome a 5f test at this track.

Selection: Manaccan

Next Best: King Of Stars

Premier League Preview - Sunday

Premier League Preview - Sunday

2.45pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap, 2m)

Another on the quick turnaround from Goodwood here as SUPER SUPERJACK looks to go one better for Milton Harris. He was well backed for a 2m4½f handicap eight days ago but just could not reel in Master Milliner. Still, that was another progressive run and as a previous C&D winner he's got no worries coming here.

Island Brave is another former C&D winner and was fourth in this race a year ago, while Red Verdon isn't discounted in haste despite being the veteran of the field today.

Rock Eagle looks sure to run his race and won't be far away in that instance while Red Force One has won his last three and will greatly alter the picture if he gets in (first reserve).

Selection: Super Superjack

Next Best: Island Brave


3.20pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap, 1m4f)

He's been a mixed bag either side of winning at Ripon in April, but STATE OF BLISS was a good winner on this card 12 months ago for trainer Mark Johnston over course and distance and might be worth chancing in the hands of Frankie Dettori at a big price now. He failed to fire at the Royal meeting here in June but has been given a break since and his Middleham trainer is adept at getting horses to rebound.

Charging Thunder has won three of his four most recent starts for David O Meara and needs respecting once more, while The Whipmaster only found one too strong in his quest for a four-timer over C&D 15 days ago for trainer Gary Moore.

Pretty Sweet will find this less taxing than the Listed race he ran in last time, though Pride Of Priory arrives on the back of all-weather wins at Kempton and Newcastle and is previously 2-4 on turf so must be high on any shortlist, despite a rising mark for the William Haggas yard.

Selection: State Of Bliss

Next Best: Pride Of Priory

Scottish Premiership Preview - Week 2

Scottish Premiership Preview - Week 2

3.55pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap, 1m)

Having won his first three career starts, Montassib has gone down fighting with big runs in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot and Bunbury Cup at Newmarket in his two most recent starts. He very much leaves the impression there's more progress in him and, stepped up to a mile for the first time, he may showcase it now. He's a threat to all.

BOPEDRO was having his first start for David O'Meara when third over C&D recently behind Tempus. The ex-Jessica Harrington inmate wasn't done many favours there by a slow pace throughout and, if this is run at a more searching gallop, that stable bow certainly hinted he's got a win in him as he was doing all his best work late on.

Harrington, meanwhile, saddles Jungle Cove here and he's been in good form lately. He's tackling this trip for the first time and cannot be overlooked either.

Selection: Bopedro

Next Best: Montassib


4.30pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap, 1m4f)

Franz Strauss faded to midfield in the King George V Stakes over C&D in June having made the running at only a steady pace under Frankie Dettori. They were second next time at Sandown over further and, with Jose-Luis Martinez on board this time, John and Thady Gosden's runner remains a contender if his stamina is a factor.

Dancing Tango was well held on handicap bow at Newbury (1m5½f, good to firm) last month but the lightly-raced daughter of Camelot did shape well in a maiden here over 1m2f in May and Roger Charlton's charge has plenty of scope to improve after only four runs.

Andrew Balding's BERKSHIRE BREEZE is proving consistent (243322) and last month's handicap debut second here (1m6f) behind Bague D'or looks a good piece of form. On that evidence, the son of Mastercraftsman won't want a sprint finish and assuming this is an honest pace, he's got more to offer.

Selection: Berkshire Breeze

Next Best: Dancing Tango

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5.05pm - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap, 6f)

Razeyna began life in handicaps with a win at Carlisle last month over this trip but rises in class now and has plenty more on her plate. She is open to improvement but looks to need it on the formbook.

Spangled Mac won four races in 15 days last month and is clearly thriving in himself, though things have slowed up for the George Boughey yard since then.

Stablemate Corazon is capable of improvement, meanwhile, but has top-weight to contend with and so ADAAY IN ASIA may land the Shergar Cup finale for Neil Callan. She's going for a hat-trick of wins having followed up her Chepstow score with a Glorious Goodwood victory 11 days ago. That was far from plain sailing as she met trouble in the run and had to be brave to take a gap in the final 100 yards for her win. More to come from her.

Selection: Adaay In Asia

Next Best: Corazon






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