Wednesday 20 March 2019

Rest Of The World team worth backing for Cup

Bless Him runs at Ascot this afternoon
Bless Him runs at Ascot this afternoon

Four teams of jockeys will go up against each other on a card of six ten-runner races for the Shergar Cup this afternoon and a similar idea might be something that works well at the Curragh when their redevelopment is complete.

Our own Fran Berry will captain the Great British and Irish team and he looks to have a few good chances on the card, as does the Rest Of The World captain Yutaka Take, who is a superstar in his native Japan.

Take is a bit of a veteran of the Shergar Cup now and looked a big price at 14/1 to be top jockey on the day.

He has a few decent each-way chances on the card and could land the opening race on Ascot specialist Sir Robert Cheval (1.15, Ascot).


Racing begins early at Ascot today but punters won't want to miss Sir Robert Cheval, who has had just one run this season and signed off last year with a couple of creditable efforts.

The seven-year-old was second in this race last year and, while outclassed in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting, this drop in class could see him feature again.

Yutaka Take's Rest Of The World team are the 9/2 outsiders to win the Shergar Cup but courtesy of Bless Him (2.50, Ascot) and Sergio Leone (3.25, Ascot), that 9/2 might also be worth an investment.

Bless Him will be ridden by 'The Magic Man' Joao Moreira and David Simcock's son of Sea The Stars looks like he can return to winning ways here.

A winner of the Britannia Stakes last year, Bless Him has been lightly-raced since but wasn't disgraced in the Royal Hunt Cup and with a bit of luck in running here should go close.

Sergio Leone is the mount of Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown for Richard Hannon and he can get his head back in front after hitting the crossbar over this distance on his last couple of runs.

Berry can do his bit for the Great British and Irish team by scoring on Machine Learner (2.15, Ascot) and Shaheen (4.00).

Frankie Dettori was a late withdrawal from the Shergar Cup at Ascot as he had to go to Newmarket for John Gosden. The Italian will ride course-and-distance winner Pennywhistle in the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes but Mark Johnston's Albany Stakes winner Main Edition (3.45, Newmarket) would look the filly to beat here and a nice spare ride for PJ McDonald.

A line can be put through Main Edition's most recent effort when she met with trouble in running and the step up to seven furlongs looks ideal for her here.


1.05 Sir Robert Cheval

1.40 Cleonte

2.15 Machine Learner

2.50 Bless Him

3.25 Sergio Leone

4.00 Shaheen

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