Jim Goldie looks to have a couple of live chances on Shergar Cup day and, although the format might not appeal to everyone, the likes of EUCHEN GLEN (Ascot, 1.40) and NICHOLAS T (Ascot, 2.50) look interesting wagers to land their respective events.
Both northern raiders should be tasty prices, especially Euchen Glen given he endured a desperate run in a hot Haydock handicap last time. He was only beaten five lengths by Dylan Mouth that day and the race has already thrown up winners in the shape of Soldier In Action and Fabricate, while Blakeney Point and Big Country have been narrowly eclipsed in warm handicaps subsequently.
The trip is an unknown but his rider enjoyed plenty of success in this event 12 months ago and the selection could surprise.
Nicholas T couldn’t land a blow over seven furlongs in a Class 2 affair here a fortnight ago when Stamp Hill ran away with a strong handicap. However, the selection did make a little late headway from an uncompromising position and could go well at a price with Kerrin McEvoy on board now that he is returned to a mile.
There is every chance master trainer Paul Nicholls has had his eye on the opening race at Haydock for a while so daughter Megan can ride ZUBAYR (Haydock, 1.55). A useful hurdler at his best, the five-year-old was a creditable fifth in the Swinton Hurdle at this venue in May having previously been runner-up in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.
He has since performed well on the all-weather in two starts over a mile and a half clocking good times and the stable struck with Moabit on the level recently so Zubayr could prove a leading candidate in the curtain raiser.
The former only just failed to land back-to-back victories last time when staging a powerful charge to the line at Haydock to be beaten by the narrowest of margins. There is little doubt that the three-year-old is thriving at present and it’ll be disappointing if he can’t improve on the finishing position achieved last time he was at Leicester when given way too much to do.
Maroc is gradually getting his act together and was another to be narrowly denied last time. Yet to win, the four-year-old never gave up over course and distance and looked unlucky to lose out having been carried wide by the winner, Boychick.
I have him rated to go one better, particularly with top amateur Simon Walker booked to do the steering.
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