A unique day in the racing calendar with the Shergar Cup taking place at Ascot where jockeys from around the world compete for both the team prize, as well as the individual winner getting the Silver Saddle.
Power Of Darkness has only had seven starts but has already registered three wins. More importantly, he’s run three times at a mile and won two of them, along with just a head second at Newmarket.
Just 3lbs higher than his win at Salisbury last time, he should run well again. Vincent Ho is on board for the Rest Of The World team and having already registered 3 wins in the UK this season from just 11 rides, is very much a positive booking.
In an open looking renewal of the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket, it looks worth taking a chance on Dalanijujo. She showed a very likeable attitude when winning on debut at Doncaster, holding on gamely to beat a stoutly bred sort of Saeed bin Suroor’s.
The sixth and seventh have both come out and placed since Dalanijujo’s win which gives the form a decent look to it, despite nothing close to her running since.
There are three intriguing handicap debutants running today for trainers who tend to excel in the circumstances, particularly in the past year with a positive profit/loss figure – they make for a very appealing accumulator!
Charlie Appleby – 33% strike rate
William Haggas – 26% strike rate
*odds best available at the time of writing
Because of the team nature of the event, some teams may have a strong recent record in a particular. This could be coincidence, or it could be because some jockeys may be better at judging pace for varying distances.
Here’s a few races that have proved successful for certain teams in recent years and their runners today.
Stayers – Europe (2017 & 2018)
Challenge – GB & Ireland (2014, 2016 & 2017)
Mile – Girls (2014, 2016 & 2018)
Classic – Rest Of The World (2016, 2017, 2018)
Sprint – GB & Ireland (2014, 2015, 2017)