1:05 Shergar Cup Dash
I’m going for Tropics in the opener, but I appreciate that the worry is the distance of five furlongs. That being said, he won’t mind the weather forecast, with soft going conditions predicted. Not only that, but he has on-board one of the best female jockeys in the world right now, Emma-Jayne Wilson. She’s a very classy pilot, and with her in the saddle I’m very confident. Trainer Dean Ivory’s horses are in great form to boot.
1:40 Shergar Cup Stayers
Swashbuckle was a very game winner up on the front end at Salisbury last time out in June, and has the services of the returning Neil Callan. He has been in Hong Kong, and has been fighting his corner very well as he now sits third in the overall Jockeys Championship. If he’s able to get out on the front foot, this combination won’t be for passing.
2:15 Shergar Cup Challenge
Mukhayyam has strapped together two very smart victories at York and then Ripon last time out. The good thing with the northern raider is he doesn’t mind any underfoot conditions, fast or soft it all comes the same to him. The returning Hayley Turner gets the call up, and it’s looking like a good day for the girls!
2:50 Shergar Cup Mile
I’m going with Manson for this race, he comes in here off an excellent run, not beaten far in a very tough handicap at Sandown last month. He is relatively lightly raced for a four-year-old and comes from a small but very shrewd outfit. The one slight negative is if the ground came up very soft, he would get away with good to soft and looks a fair price to be another winner for the ladies.
3:25 Shergar Cup Classic
Hold Sway is off the back of a good run over a shorter distance at Goodwood, punted off the boards yet again which has often been the case with him. Up in trip is going to suit as he fairly rattled home at Goodwood, he’s lightly raced and is improving all the time only having his seventh start today.
4:00 Shergar Cup Sprint
This year, Goodwood Crusader has been a massive success story, climbing over 30lbs in the ratings. His winning run has stalled the last two out, but they were in two very tough contests. He’s back in a small field now, one which is slightly less competitive, and he can get back on his winning streak for the excellent Neil Callan.