Saturday Races: T time at Ascot

The annual Shergar Cup at Ascot presents an interesting card with the added complexity of international jockeys and team colours that invariably means cheering the wrong horse for most of the race.

Kerrin McEvoy represents the Rest of the World, but is very familiar with the course and conditions after a long spell contracted to ride for Godolphin.  He has drawn an interesting ride in the mile (1450 BST) in the shape of Scottish raider Nicholas T.

This horse was on a roll and ran well when unlucky at Ayr recently.  He was well beaten here last time, but that race didn’t suit tactically and he got going all too late.  These team races always seem to be run at a good clip, and Nicholas T can reproduce his best here and contend at a nice price.

Later, the sprint may allow the hokey-cokey retiree Hayley Turner to shake it all about on Richard Fahey’s Private Matter.  The soft conditions saw his best form last year, and apart from when outclassed in a Listed race, he hasn’t seen similar conditions until now.

This race looks tricky, but the first time hood may be a stroke of genius on a horse who may have been holding back a fraction so far.  He looks attractively priced to give Turner more reason to continue her dabbling.

Recommendations:

Nicholas T (1450 Ascot), 1pt win, 8/1 Paddy Power 

Private Matter (1600 Ascot), 1pt win, 10/1 generally available 

Nicholas T & Private Matter, 0.5pts each way double, c 98/1.

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