By News Team
6th August 2021
It’s Shergar Cup Day at Ascot on Saturday. A select bunch of the world’s top jockeys are split into four teams; Ladies, Rest Of The World, Great Britain, and Ireland battle it out for points in each race to claim the team prize.
The team with the most points at the end of the day wins the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, while the jockey amassing the most individual points will have their name etched onto the Alistair Haggis “Silver Saddle” trophy.
William Hill ambassador Kevin Stott represents the Rest Of The World team and previews his five chances on the day. Stott also provides an update on exciting juvenile sprinter, Gis A Sub.
I’ve never ridden any of my mounts for Shergar Cup Day, but that’s all part of the event and everyone is in the same boat.
I’m delighted to be taking part for the first time and the Rest Of The World team looks very strong with Sean Levey and Andrea Atzeni both riding really well at the moment.
Tis Marvellous | Dash (12:50pm)
Clive [Cox] and Adam [Kirby] will be there on the day, so I’ll have a good chat with them ahead of the race.
Funnily enough, Adam rides Magical Spirit for Kevin Ryan who I know a bit about, so we’ll have to compare notes before the race.
Tis Marvellous is a two-time course and distance winner and he won the race in 2018 so must have a solid chance.
Clive’s horses are running well and it’s definitely a good chance to get some points on the board early on.
Indianapolis | Stayers (1:25pm)
He’s done all his winning over 1m4f and is yet to win over further so I suppose that’s a question mark.
As for the ground he looks very versatile, so that’s definitely a positive, and he looks like a horse who can be a bit keen.
Hopefully he settles, gets a nice trip and can finish in the first four – I think we’d be happy with that.
Data Protection | Mile (2:35pm)
I spoke to PJ [McDonald] who rode him on his last outing at Goodwood and he said that race was probably a bit too hot for him and he’s still quite high in the handicap.
He’s back from 1m2f to a stiff mile here which will hopefully suit but it looks like he wouldn’t want the ground too soft.
Harlem Soul | Classic (3:10pm)
Mark Johnston’s horses tend to dip in and out of form a little bit so it’s hard what to expect.
He’s a son of Frankel whose only win so far came on good to firm ground, so this is going to be a bit different.
Mark has two in the race, and I’d imagine the other, Annandale, who Andrea [Atzeni] rides for our team, has the better chance.
Cairn Gorm | Sprint (3:45pm)
Both of my wins at Ascot have come over the six furlongs and I look to have a fair chance of another with Cairn Gorm.
I’ve ridden for Mick [Channon] a few times and look forward to teaming up with him again, he’s a nice man.
He’s a horse that’s been running in much tougher Group races and is now back down in handicaps.
He’s shown plenty of promise in his three starts so far this season and lines up with a good chance.
Gis A Sub gearing up for Gimcrack
We were a little bit disappointed with him at Goodwood because he never really settled and ran a bit keen throughout, but he can take his chance in the Gimcrack.
A big track like York might suit him a bit better and I think we’ll probably look to ride him a bit more prominently and let him go out and relax in front.
He seems to enjoy himself a bit more when he’s out in front and I think we’ll see a different horse if everything goes to plan.
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