The Shergar Cup is often treated with disdain by racing ‘purists' but it's a fun day out for many, we even had a FormBet raceday there a few years back, made some money and had a good time.
I've decided to post the main FTS Rating for each race of the Shergar Cup, including which team/jockey would end up with the most points on the day. The ratings can be used to determine decent win selections in each race, and I've given a few points, although the final selections are for the sole viewing of FTS Private Subscribers, but you can of course use the ratings how you please. The POWer rating is a backup rating to use for additional confirmation or high POW-Rated, value bets.
You can join for £30 per month here and get ratings and Best Bet selections each day via WhatsApp, there are an additional 8 races rated away from Ascot today. We showed a +54pts profit and over 100% Yield for all Goodwood and Galway bets last week including winners at 33/1, 10/1, 8/1, 11/2, 9/2 and many more at shorter odds.
Onto the Shergar Cup races at Ascot on Saturday, you can skip to the summary at the bottom if you just want the bets.
Ascot 1:05 With Jamie Kah (Final Venture 7/1) and Hayley Turner's (Lancelot Du Lac 14/1) rides in the Top-4 of the ratings, they should grab some points here. However, both Gerald Moss (Danzeno 3/1) and Adrie De Vries (Corinthia Knight 13/2) could also get some points and sneak the win. I just favour the girls here.
Ascot 1:40 This looks good for Europe with Filip Minarik (What A Welcome 7/1) and Gerald Moss (Time To Study 10/1) in the Top-2 of the FTS. Next best is probably Great Britain and Ireland rider Jamie Spencer (Alfredo 16/1) who has some each-way appeal and Nanako Fujita (Blue Laureate 7/1) able to get some points for the girls. I'd expect Europe to increase their advantage after this race with some more points for the girls as well to hold onto 2nd.
Ascot 2.15 You don't often get this many horses tied for 2nd so this could be trappy but no arguing that Hayley Turner (Melting Dew 8/1) could again figure and get some girl points. However, the Rest of the World have all 3 of their riders in those tied on 2nd and could get off the mark. It's worth noting Filip Minarik's name appearing again (Mandarin 5/1) who is 2nd on FTS and POW as well as Adrie De Vries POW1 runner (Restorer 14/1). The girls may close the gap slightly on Europe but that could be cancelled out by Europe's strongly rated contenders. Trappy race.
Ascot 2:50 This may be booked for the Rest of The World, in particular Vincent Chak-Yiu Ho (Power of Darkness 4/1). Adrie De Vries (Original Choice) name appears again for Europe with ROW's Mark Zahra (Breden 12/1). ROW's Yugo Kawada (Zwayyan 8/1) could also get some points as could Jamie Kah (Another Batt 7/1). This could go to the Rest of the World with some points for Europe and the girls.
Ascot 3:25 Tadhg O'Shea (Vivid Diamond 4/1) could get some much needed, although likely too late, points for GB & Ireland and Danny Tudhope (Boerhan 9/1) may also sneak some points. However, it's Hayley Turner (Sapa Inca 11/2) again that could win this as there is litle to separate them on FTS and she tops the POW ratings. Mark Zahra (Never Do Nothing 5/1) can also sneak some points for ROW. I'd just favour GB & IRE here for points although a win for Hayley could swing it the girls way.
Ascot 4:00 A Jamie Spencer (Victory Day 5/2) and Hayley Turner (Pass The Vino 5/1) matchup here backed up by ROW's Mr Ho (Magical Wish 12/1) and Jamie Kah (Junius Brutus 12/1) for the girls. I think it's hard to get away from Spencer's mount but a strong showing from the girls and Turner could surprise.
I see this as a 2-horse race for the outright title. I expect Europe to get off to a strong start in the first few races with the girls following closely behind, then both GB & Ireland and Rest of the World splitting points in the next few races. The key will be the final 2 races, where I don't expect Europe to get too many points and my idea of the winning team, THE GIRLS 3/1 could get decent points in both the final 2 races and head Europe, with GB & IRE finishing strongly up the rail.
1 THE GIRLS
3 GB & IRELAND
4 REST OF THE WORLD
In terms of individual riders, it's hard to get away from HAYLEY TURNER 6/1, from a pure ratings perspective and perfect timing during a week there has been a lot of talk about female riders, allowances and competing on equal terms. I expect them to ram certain sexist pundits comments down their throats. Another worth looking at, from an each-way perspective, is ADRIE DE VRIES 12/1 who has a number of decent, high-rated bookings for Europe.