Ascot 1.05 – Evergate
Has mainly run extremely well most of the season – particularly at this track – and was a bit unfortunate to run in to a dangerously well handicapped stablemate here last time. The likely scorching pace should help him settle better, and he’s still well enough treated to win.
Ascot 1.40 – Jukebox Jive
This is a magnificently tough horse who has taken his level a form up a notch this year despite not winning. He should find this a fair bit easier than some of the races he’s been contesting and may get less pace pressure. He seems pretty versatile as regards ground, and you’re at least guaranteed that he’ll try his best.
Ascot 2.15 – Twin Star
Has been performing with credit lately and is quite closely matched with Koeman on their running here in May. It’s possible that he got too involved in a strongish pace at Windsor last time when he still ran okay, and the handicapper has cut him a bit more slack. His trainer has supported this event strongly over the years and has a decent record in it.
Ascot 2.50 – Via Serendipity
Stuart Williams has his horses in good form, and Via Serendipity can continue that run here. He should find this a fair bit easier than the two incredibly competitive races that he’s contested lately and could easily build on his performance in the Gigaset International now he’s stepping back up in distance to a mile.
Ascot 3.25 – Berkshire Blue
A horse with an unusual profile for a Shergar Cup race in that he is completely unexposed, Berkshire Blue also has the assistance of Joao Moreira having bitten off more than he could chew in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. Prior to that, he’d looked pretty useful when slamming a 77 rated horse at Wolverhampton, and today’s mark of 90 may not flatter him.
Ascot 4.00 – Shaheen
After two cracking efforts over 5.5 and 5 furlongs, it looked as though a return to 6 might squeeze out a bit more improvement from Shaheen, and so it proved at Windsor on Monday night. He’s a smooth traveller from an in-form stable and – most importantly – he’s still progressing.
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