The Shergar Cup does not make for much of a betting contest, but racing’s answer to Twenty20 cricket has some potentially eye-catching performers on show.
The Charlie Hills-trained A MOMENTOFMADNESS ran a great race to be second at Glorious Goodwood last week and is set to line up in the Dash tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.05.
But Henry Candy’s VIBRANT CHORDS looked like he needed a race when down the field at Goodwood, and could come on from that outing.
He also has form on soft ground having chased home subsequent group horse ACLAIM at Newmarket last season.
The best bet of the day at Ascot may be EUCHEN GLEN, who is entered in the Stayers but may well be better suited to the Challenge at 2.15 over 1m4f.
Jim Goldie’s hold-up gelding remains unexposed over this trip and all four of his wins have come in single-figure fields, so the maximum 10 runners will further suit.
In the aforementioned Stayers at 1.40 we might not have seen the best of BYRON FLYER who generally does his best work late on, and trainer Ian Williams has a fine record in this race having notched two 9/2 winners and a third at 9/1 from four runners since 2011.
LAIDBACK ROMEO stayed on late behind well-backed favourite GREEENSIDE last time out and has only gone up 1lb, so take Clive Cox’s 5yo to get back to winning ways in the 1m handicap at 2.50.
BRANDO’S victory over CARRAVAGGIO in Deauville’s Prix Maurice du Gheest last Sunday showed that the Kevin Ryan string is over the bout of equine herpes that forced the yard to close back in June, and he drops back speedster LUALIWA to six furlongs.
His third win of the season last time out at York suggests he is still on the up.
There’s a decent card at Haydock where the feature is the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes and LARAAIB looks to be a 3yo going places.
Owen Burrows’ colt is still learning his job but is unbeaten and can handle this step up in grade.
Burrows was headhunted from Sir Michael Stoute to be Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid’s retained trainer at Kingwood House Stables which his boss refurbished for the autumn years of Major Dick Hern nearly 30 years ago.
How fitting it would be therefore if TALAAYEB took the Listed Dick Hern Stakes at 3.35, and if the ground dries out as anticipated she will take all the beating.
Meanwhile CAPLA TEMPTRESS will put her unbeaten record on the line in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.
The filly is by Lope de Vega so will relish any cut in the ground and was a dominant winner over this course and distance three weeks ago.
• CARRIGILL’S NAP (stake returned in a free bet if finishes outside top 4): CROWING GLORY, Saturday, Haydock 3.35.
• AUGUR’S BEST BET: TALAYEEB (if ground good or better), Saturday, Haydock 3.35.