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Shergar Cup is a real crowd pleaser
There are plenty of stars on show this weekend, and that's just the jockeys riding in the Shergar Cup at Ascot!
The meeting at Ascot isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's a real crowd pleaser and there are some decent betting opportunities.
The Shergar Cup is a jockeys' competition in its 13th year, with top jockeys riding on four teams representing Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and The Girls with points awarded in six races.
My fancy on the card is Nine Realms in the opening Les Ambassadeurs Casino Shergar Cup Mile in which he will be ridden by the excellent James Doyle.
William Haggas's son of Green Desert was fancied for the Lincoln earlier in the season and may have endured a troubled preparation but he saw little daylight hemmed in on the inside on that comeback run at York and remains potentially well handicapped.
Nine Realms ran just three times early last season, taking on good company in maiden events and was most impressive when slamming the useful Razorbill by five lengths at Leicester in May. He had been off the course for well over a year before that unplaced run at York.
Razorbill ended the campaign on a rating of 92 while third-placed Highland Duke (beaten a further three-and-a-half lengths) is now an 86-rated horse. The selection could be very well treated here off just 93 having slammed both those horses.
The best horse on show this afternoon is Telescope for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.
The three-year-old was the favourite for the Derby over the winter before a slight injury put him out of that race but he looked back to his best at Leicester last time.
Owned by Highclere, their racing manger said: "We saw what he was capable last time, where he won in a very fast time.
"It's time for him to move up now and this well tell us where we stand."
There is also a competitive card at Newmarket today and rookie handler James Tate looks to take another notch up in the training ranks with Lamar.
A winner of a maiden race at the July Course on June 28. She has since stepped up to Listed company, finishing a creditable third in the Star Stakes at Sandown Park.
However, Tate is confident that his Cape Cross filly can improve: "I don't think she showed us her true ability in the Star Stakes.
"She had to have a shoe replaced at the start, the ground was a bit loose after some rain and they went very slowly so she was keen and wasted a lot of energy. Then when they quickened up she didn't know what to do - she was still green.
"She is a huge filly - 538 kilos when I last weighed her - who is very relaxed and finds everything very easy at home. I can't believe that we will see the best of her until she has had four or five starts - this will be her fourth.
"She has come on a bundle again in her home work since Sandown so there are plenty of reasons to believe that she will have improved."
Reflecting on the way his training career has begun, Tate, 33, said: "It's not yet two years since I first took out my licence and things are going great with 37 winners already this year.
"I came from Middleham and it has taken a little while to get used to Newmarket's flat scenery rather than the hills up there but I have got to know the various different gallops and been able to fine-tune my training regime.
"Like everyone else I am searching for a star, so to have a two-year-old filly like Lamar is very exciting. I am just anxious to find out what level she will reach."