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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

It is Shergar Cup day at Ascot and the action kicks off early, at 1.05pm, with the sprinters in the Dash.

Shergar Cup Dash   

Trainer Robert Cowell has a strong hand here and the pick of his runners could be SIR ROBERT CHEVAL, who often saves his best for the Berkshire circuit. The horse has only run once so far this season, but that effort in a big handicap over 6f here in June should have put him spot on for this.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Sir Robert Cheval (ew)1.05 Ascot8/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Shergar Cup Stayers     

Next up is the Stayers over two miles and the race looks to be between the in form CLEONTE and the unexposed JUKEBOX JIVE, and we’d suggest backing both to win.

Cleonte has run really well in two big staying handicaps recently and this definitely looks an easier race for Andrew Balding’s colt. He’ll be hard to beat if there is a strong early gallop.

Jukebox Jive represents the excellent Anthony Honeyball and he wasn’t beaten far in a Listed race at Sandown last time out. He is lightly raced and open to more improvement than most of his rivals.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Cleonte (win)1.40 Ascot7/2Bet365
Jukebox Jive (win)1.40 Ascot5/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Shergar Cup Mile    

The Mile at 2.50pm is the next race of interest to us as conditions look perfect for VIA SERENDIPITY, who was a close fourth is a very hot race here two weeks ago.  That was over 7f and he’ll enjoy the extra furlong today.

What’s The Story and Zwayyan are respected, but the other one to back is our old favourite SHADY MCCOY, who has been stuck in traffic in his last couple of races. The smaller field should ensure a clear passage this afternoon and if he stays the mile trip he’ll be a threat to all.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Via Serendipity (ew)2.50 Ascot9/2Paddy Power
Shady McCoy (ew)2.50 Ascot7/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Shergar Cup Classic     

The Classic is arguably the best race on the card and we think Stuart Williams can strike again here, this time with BAJAN GOLD. He took the step up to this mile and a half trip in his stride over course and distance last time out and looks to have more to offer over middle distances.

The big danger could prove to be JAZEEL, who also looks like he should improve for the longer trip. He won well over a mile and a quarter last time out and was doing all of his best work at the end of that contest.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bajan Gold (ew)3.25 Ascot9/2Bet365
 Jazeel (ew)3.25 Ascot11/2Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Sweet Solera Stakes     

Over at Newmarket, the big race is the Sweet Solera Stakes and with the ground riding soft there is the chance of an upset. On that basis we are going to suggest an each way punt on CALIFORNIA LOVE, for the in form Richard Spencer. The yard won a big two year old race for us at Goodwood last week and there is a good chance she’ll handle the going as her damn was by the mud lark Captain Rio.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
California Love (ew)3.45 Newmarket14/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change