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Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 11:50
7(8)
James Doyle

Desert Safari

J:
 
James Doyle
T:
 
Mark Johnston
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 95
Days: 7

The first horse we have selected at the Shergar Cup meeting on Saturday comes in the Dash Handicap over five furlongs and we are giving Desert Safari a chance at a price.

Having been out of sorts he bounced back to form at Glorious Goodwood last week when a good third in a 5f sprint handicap behind the likes of El Astronaute and Lord Riddiford.

He was then turned around quickly for the Steward's Cup at the same meeting last Saturday and he finished a good seventh in a bunched finish.

Dropping back to his preferred 5f in this event on what should be soft ground could make him dangerous off 3lb lower than his latest run.Big each way player.

Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 12:25
7(9)
Nicola Currie

Just Hubert

J:
 
Nicola Currie
T:
 
William Muir & Chris Grassick
Age: 5
Weight: 9-2
OR: 87
Days: 8

Next up is the Stayers handicap over two miles and again we are taking a chance on a big priced runner with the likeable Just Hubert set to put his best hoof forward.

Just Hubert is a very talented horse on his going day and having been well backed last time out at Goodwood before refusing to race, he could be in fine form at home and fully tuned up.

He runs in this event off a mark of 87 which is 1lb lower than his last winning mark at Goodwood last year and having form on both good and soft ground, over staying trips he looks a good each way prospect for the race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/07/22BEV16GF9-93
14/06/22ASC20GF9-214
21/05/22HAY16Gd9-411
07/05/22ASC12Gd9-711
07/09/21GOO16GF9-113
Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 13:00
9(12)
Joe Fanning

Group One Power

J:
 
Joe Fanning
T:
 
Andrew Balding
Age: 4
Weight: 9-2
OR: 89
Days: 29

One of the better races on the Ascot card is the Class 3 Challenge Handicap over 1m4f and the Andrew Balding trained Group One Power looks an attractive bet.

The four year old this term has turned a big corner, not finishing outside the top three on all five of his runs and with the soft ground set to come it will be right up his street.

Having finished a good second in May over course and distance showing good form at the track, he has gone on to run well at Epsom and Chester.

Last time out on the Roodee he was a good third over course and distance, not getting the run of the race and if going from the front like he did las time here, he seems feasibly treated to go close.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/04/23NAV13Hy9-1313
05/04/23LEO10Hy9-711
17/10/22WDR10Sft9-110
16/09/22NBY10Gd9-818
11/08/22LIN10St9-613
Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 13:35
4(3)
Cieren Fallon

Dashing Roger

J:
 
Cieren Fallon
T:
 
William Stone
Age: 4
Weight: 9-11
OR: 99
Days: 45

Going past the half way point of the card at Ascot on Saturday, next is the Shergar Cup Mile and Dashing Roger for trainer William Stone is a huge player.

He will need to be at his best to see off the favourite Dance Fever who ran well here last time out, but with the ground set to ease, it could put things in his favour.

Two starts ago the gelding was a good winner over a mile at Sandown on soft ground and backed that up next time out when a good third at Salisbury.

That race has worked out with the winner running well at Goodwood and also the fourth going on to win the first race of the festival last week.

He is only up 1lb for that run and can throw down his challenge again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/10/23NOT8.5Hy9-131
20/09/23YAR9Gd9-47
02/09/23SAN10Gd8-105
15/07/23ASC8GS9-37
11/05/23CHS10.5Sft9-43
Newmarket (July) - August 06 2021
Newmarket (July) 13:50
11(5)
William Buick

Wild Beauty

J:
 
William Buick
T:
 
Charlie Appleby
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
OR: 94
Days: 16

In the Newmarket feature Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes we have picked out Wild Beauty as our selection that looks sure to be popular on the day if the rain comes.

The current 9/4 shot holds some extremely strong form heading into the contest and with Godolphin winning five of the last 12 renewals, she is sure to go close.

The two year old filly has been seen four times to date, needing her first run in May, but since then has landed a decent Maiden over 6f at Haydock on soft and then backed that up with another win at Newbury over 7f.

Last time out the daughter of Frankel was stepped up to Listed company at Sandown and bumped into a very smart type for John & Thady Gosden with Inspiral landing the event in taking style.

Wild Beauty was a gallant second on the quickest ground she has faced and although it could turn up quick once more, she has also shown that she handles soft if the rain is to fall on the July course, showing versatility.

She looks a cracking bet at 9/4 and with the trainer and rider both in hot form at the moment, running at 33% and 24% strike rates respectively, Wild Beauty should go well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/01/23MEY7Gd9-04
29/05/22LON10GS9-05
01/05/22NMK8GF9-09
16/04/22NBY7Gd9-01
08/10/21NMK8GS9-05
Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 14:10
3(8)
Nicola Currie

State Of Bliss

J:
 
Nicola Currie
T:
 
Mark Johnston
Age: 3
Weight: 9-10
OR: 87
Days: 8

The penultimate event of the afternoon is the Shergar Cup Classic over 1m4f and the Mark Johnston trained State Of Bliss looks a very consistent type.

The three year old this season has been in electric form with figures of 33222, with the step up in trip each time bringing even more out of him.

His best run of the season came last time out when a narrow second to the smart Wink Of An Eye at Glorious Goodwood over 1m3f and the extra furlong today will only suit him more.

He is up slightly in the handicap but he looks one to keep an eye on with that being some of the best recent form in the race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
19/12/23FAK16Sft11-15
09/11/23LUD21.5GS10-110
22/08/23WOR16Gd11-66
27/07/23WOR16Sft11-105
16/06/23GOO14GF9-89
Haydock - August 06 2021
Haydock 14:35
10(4)
NON-RUNNER

Potapova

J:
 
NON-RUNNER
T:
 
Sir Michael Stoute
Age: 3
Weight: 8-9
OR: 100
Days: 50

One of the feature events of the day at Haydock is the Listed Dick Hern Stakes over a mile and we can't look past the favourite Potapova for Sir Michael Stoute.

The filly was first seen in November when winning well at Chelmsford on debut over seven furlongs by close to seven lengths.

She then backed that up on seasonal debut this term in a Novice Stakes at Redcar when bolting up by eight lengths, looking like a group horse in the making.

The three year old was then stepped into Group One company at Royal Ascot for the Coronation Stakes over a mile and with a combination of heavy ground and top class fillies against her she only beat two home.

However, this Cheveley Park owned star is now back down in class to Listed company and if half the horse we think she is, she should go close.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/09/23NMK8GF9-42
02/09/23SAN8Gd9-63
21/06/23ASC8Gd9-25
03/06/23EPS8.5GF9-85
06/05/23GOO8Hy9-7PU
Ascot - August 06 2021
Ascot 14:45
11(1)
Tadhg O'Shea

Crazy Luck

J:
 
Tadhg O'Shea
T:
 
Rod Millman
Age: 3
Weight: 8-9
OR: 79
Days: 11

The final event of the afternoon at the Berkshire track is the Shergar Cup Sprint over six furlongs and the Rod Millman trained Crazy Luck can run well at a double figure price.

The three year old filly has been in superb form of late with two wins and a place over 6f from her last four rides, with her also showing versatility when it comes to ground.

She was last seen at the Goodwood festival finishing a narrow second to the smart Lovely bReeze for Hugo Palmer in a similar handicap event.

She goes off the same mark again in this event and looks overpriced in the market to us at 10/1.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/10/23BAT5.5Sft9-134
07/09/23SAL6GF8-108
27/08/23GOO6Sft8-94
07/08/23WDR6GS9-08
01/08/23GOO6GS9-37
Haydock - August 06 2021
Haydock 15:10
9(3)
Silvestre De Sousa

Foxes Tales

J:
 
Silvestre De Sousa
T:
 
Andrew Balding
Age: 3
Weight: 8-11
OR: 109
Days: 29

The feature event of the day is the Group Three Lancaster Stakes and at the prices Fox Tales for the inform Andrew Balding looks appealing.

The 400,000gns son of Zoffany will be praying for the rain to fall on Saturday with his best efforts coming with cut in the ground.

Having been smart on both his starts as a juvenile, he made his seasonal debut this term at Chester over 10.5f in the Listed Dee Stakes where he ran in behind some very smart horses, maybe needing the run first time out.

He came on a bunch for that run at Royal Ascot to land the Golden Gates Handicap over 1m2f, seeing off some decent runners in style.

Back on quick ground last time out at the July meeting he was a head second to Dubai Honour in another smart event and although stepping up in class he deserves his chance.

Smart prospect for a thriving yard.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/06/23ASC10Gd9-810
12/05/23CHS10.5Sft9-36
01/04/23KEM10St/Slw9-31
25/02/23LIN10St9-23
06/08/22HAY10.5Gd9-79