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Jamie Spencer set for successful Shergar Cup

07 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Jamie Spencer set for successful Shergar Cup

It's not universally loved, but the Shergar Cup can throw up some great betting opportunities and is going to dominate Saturday's TV coverage

The Shergar Cup isn’t for everyone but it does provide some nicely-shaped races (competitive 10 runner handicaps) and the international jockeys just add another variable we must look at.

Sometimes connections get very lucky and draw the jockey they would have booked to ride the horse anyway.

That is the case with Xinbama in the Shergar Cup Classic – he will be ridden by Jamie Spencer who won on him last time out.

Xinbama’s win at Leicester couldn’t have been any easier. He may have only won by half a length but he did so with Spencer sitting motionless.

It looks as though the horse has improved since last season and he gets his ideal conditions here of 12f on decent ground.

Most of his rivals here seem hard to win with or would prefer softer ground so this isn’t as competitive as the odds suggest.

Halation to cause elation in Mile

It is a similar story in the Shergar Cup Mile with Jamie Spencer getting the ride on Halation – a horse he has ridden previously on four occasions.

After a busy time on the all weather, he has been raced sparingly on turf but has proved extremely consistent. He was fourth in the Spring Mile when drawn on the wrong side and when the ground would have been soft enough.

He followed that up with a second in the Suffolk Stakes behind Balty Boys, who was only beaten subsequently in the Hunt Cup and International Stakes by the draw when fourth and second respectively. Then after a two-month break he ran well at Sandown behind two horses that ran well in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood and also the subsequent winner of the John Smiths Handicap.

That is very strong handicap form and he looks guaranteed to give his running.

Master Of The World looks likely to run well under Pat Smullen, but he doesn’t always put it all in at the business end. Earth Drummer has some strong form but most of it is over further and he has been off almost 200 days.

Meanwhile Unforgiving Minute is far too short in the betting – he has been well beaten on each turf run, beating only six of the 30 runners he has been up against.

Admittedly Ascot can favour all weather horses but it is still a leap of faith.

The Shergar Cup Sprint

Possibly the strongest 3yo sprint handicaps of the season were the Charity Sprint at York and the big handicap at Newmarket’s July meeting won by Magical Memory, the subsequent winner of the Stewards Cup.

One horse that brings good form from both those races is Squats who was fifth and eighth in those contests respectively. At York he did best of those drawn high and then although a little disappointing at Newmarket, it is possible he wasn’t 100% suited by the track.

He has won and finished third at Ascot, so there are no issues there and he looks sure to go well for Hayley Turner.

Turner may have to play second fiddle to another female jockey on Primrose Valley though.

The horse was 2.25 lengths ahead of Squats at Newmarket and was returning from a three-month break on that occasion so could improve for that run. Emma-Jayne Wilson rode brilliantly here last year and is fancied to end on a winning note.

That is providing there are no non-runners in the race. The first reserve is Roosey and that horse was just ahead of Primrose Valley at Newmarket. He’d be fancied to confirm that form if getting a run.

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