Today sees the Shergar Cup at Ascot an event I wouldn’t, cross the street to see never mind travel from Newmarket to Ascot. No matter how much it is rejigged the central idea of having a team game at horse racing is totally flawed in my opinion.
Also this year the big names have gone out of their way to get a doctors note in order to miss it. Frankie Dettori was overheard telling the organisers that he would love to be involved but a dog had ate his homework. You expect to not have heard of the rest of the world team but this year most people won’t have a clue who the home team is. Any way lets not waste any more time on this rubbish when there is a cracking card at Newmarket to get stuck into and for our Saturday Special we are waiting till the final race the two mile handicap.
This is the time of year when I am looking for an improving young horse who is ahead of the handicapper and we have a prime candidate in Argent Knight from the Willie Jarvis stable. Only three he has won twice already this season but there looks to be plenty of improvement in him. He toughed it out to win at Sandown last time over one mile six. The further they went the stronger he looked and the yard feel the step up to two miles will be right up his street. There are a lot of very exposed stayers in this who are tough and consistent but look in the grip of the handicapper to me. Paul Hanagan takes the ride and we need to be on each way @ 10/1 with Betvictor which looks huge to me.
So it’s Newmarket for the real racing and the 5.55 for Argent Knight to hopefully give us all a good night!
Back Next Saturday.
The Gambling Don