Lucky 15: Turner and the girls set to start Shergar Cup with a bang

The Shergar cup really is the ultimate Marmite event of the flat racing season, as four teams of jockeys look to get their hands on the trophy.

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We’re going big this week with a Lucky 15, looking to pull off that monster of all multiples.

Ladies team rider Hayley Turner is in for a set to have a solid day if our selections are to land…

Justice Day – Shergar Cup Dash (12:55)

Don’t let form figures of 205097 put you off David Elsworth’s four-year-old, he’s much better than that.

In truth his recent performances have been at much higher levels than this, going down just 3l by Muthmir in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood, while he was also beaten a similar distance by the 109-rated Out Do at York last time out.

Dropping into handicap company for the first time off a mark of 104, over a course and distance he’s won over before, he can be bang there under Hayley Turner.

Hassle – Shergar Cup Stayers (13:30)

Like Justice Day, Turner’s second ride on the card has a solid record in conditions he will face on Saturday.

On four outings over Ascot’s 2m course, Clive Cox’s horse hasn’t been out of the first four.

He bumped into the progressive Seamour on that most recent visit to the Berkshire track, finishing third, and picked up the bronze medal in this race last year as well.

In that race 12 months ago he didn’t get the clearest of runs, so with more daylight, and a return to better ground can justify favouritism.

Halatation – Shergar Cup Mile (14:40)

Fourth in a decent handicap at Sandown last time out, this one’s form has been given plenty of boosts.

The winner of that contest Basem and runner-up Munaaser went on to finish in the first five in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood, while third place horse Master Capenter was a nice winner of the John Smith’s Cup  next time out.

Before that a second-place finish to International Stakes runner-up Balty Boys showed the consistent attitude of the Qatar Racing-owned gelding, and off with his handicap mark looking thoroughly defiable, is worth an interest.

Polarisation – Shergar Cup Classic (15:15)

Our final selection was unfortunate enough to bump into the classy Dartmouth on two of his last three starts.

In between those two adequate runs he was an eased-down victor at Hamilton in a contest that has thrown up a subsequent winner already.

Prior to that he got with a short head of Lillie Langtry Stakes winner Simple Verse, so is clearly not short on class.

Handler Mark Johnston has seen six of his last eight Ascot runners making the first three, so a big run is expected.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.