This horse was a big price last time out at the King George meeting but was definitely fancied by connections and ran his best race of the season behind Blue De Vega.
He is no higher in the handicap than when he was running consistently last season and his turn is clearly coming soon.
He has drawn Adam Kirby as his pilot, which is key in the Shergar Cup, and he can beat the admirable El Astronaute in a typically competitive opener.
Andrew Balding’s five-year-old is much less exposed than most of the field here and looked very much like his turn was coming at Newbury last time out.
He was well beaten by current Ebor favourite Stratum (as was everything else) but didn’t get the best of runs and was staying on to good effect in the last two furlongs.
He has run well at this track both at the spring meeting and at the Royal meeting and he should comfortably hold Hassle on Saturday’s terms.
His trainer definitely targets this meeting and has had more runners than most, clearly thinking it is possible to pick up good prize money and I feel this is the strongest bet on the card.
On a very difficult card this recent Goodwood scorer looks set to at least make the frame in this 10- runner handicap in which they bet 6-1 the field. It is typical of the Shergar Cup.
He was top weight and well-backed at Goodwood last week and won convincingly under Ryan Moore, despite having to navigate a difficult passage.
He is bordering on Listed class, in my view, and I am sure Japanese ace Yutake Take can steer him through to a place at least.
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