Dont miss 32Red ambassador Jamie Spencer’s latest column as he talks through his Shergar Cup rides at Ascot racecourse


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THE Shergar Cup may not be everyone’s cup of tea — but I love it.

It’s something different and makes for a great day out.

The atmosphere is fantastic, there will be a great crowd at Ascot and the place will be rocking. All the jockeys get a great reception.

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The prize-money is good with £45,000 a race and, with home advantage, I fancy my Great Britain and Ireland team to do well.

It’s just nice to get an invite to the party and this is the fifth time I’ve been involved.

I’ll have a good old chat with Kerrin McEvoy, who I haven’t seen for a bit. He’s a good pal and this event gives us a chance to catch up.

Jamie Spencer


Obviously the Shergar Cup is a team event but there will be no team orders. It will be like any other race when we get out there. Every man — or woman — for themselves.

I ride Ascot all the time and it has been a very lucky track for me down through the years. I have ridden 24 winners at the Royal meeting so I’d like to think I’m doing something right.

I start off with STAKE ACCLAIM (1.05) in the ‘Dash’. Dean Ivory’s runner was down the field in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood a week ago but I know there are a few people who quietly fancied him.

I’ve never ridden him but he has been a good, consistent horse in his grade and has won on soft.

I rode against him in the race he won at Windsor in June. He made all that day and I’d imagine I will be nice and prominent on him. I think he is a big price.

I am very happy to be riding one for John Best in the next. His horses are in great form and BERRAHRI (1.40) is going for a hat-trick.

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He goes on any ground and tries two miles for the first time. It will be interesting to hear how John wants me to ride him.

Even though Berrahri is six, he has looked an improved horse this season.

He has always been very consistent but John just seems to have eked out a bit extra from him. He has a strong each-way chance.

My best chance of a winner would be GAWDAWPALIN (2.15).


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Gawdawpalin looks my best chance of a winner

He won over course and distance a couple of weeks ago. The horse caused a bit of trouble but looked to have more in the tank.

That was his first run since he was gelded so it could well have made a man of him. He is only up 3lb in the weights and will love the ground.

I ride BASIL BERRY in the 2.50 and Chris Dwyer’s horses are in super form.

He has had two winners from his last nine and it would have been more but for losing out in a couple of photo-finishes.

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Basil Berry has form on all sorts of ground and has slipped down the weights to what looks like a nice mark of 92.

He wasn’t beaten far at Yarmouth off a 5lb higher mark and won at Ascot a couple of years ago. He wouldn’t be without a chance at a decent price.

I sit out the next race and then I am back for the last race of the day where I will be hoping MEGAN LILY (4.00) can help me sew up the Silver Saddle, the award for the top point-scorer of the day.

I'll be trying to beat the girls!

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I’ll be trying to beat the girls!

She won a handicap on soft at Chester off a mark of 87 in June. You can draw a line through her last outing at Goodwood as she got involved in a barging match with another runner.

She also came up against Battaash in the Scurry Stakes at Sandown. She will find this easier and is just 1lb higher than when she won at Chester.

I have never ridden any of the five horses before. But that’s the beauty of this event. Everyone is in the same boat.

For me, though, it will be business as usual. I won’t know a lot about some of the horses I will be riding but I will have a chat with the trainer before the race and they will tell me how they think I should ride.

I was due to be at Leicester tomorrow but I am flying to Deauville instead. Leicester or Deauville — it was a hard choice!

I am on GOD GIVEN (3.55) for Luca Cumani in a Group 3. I rode her when she won her maiden at Haydock on soft in June and then she won a Listed race at Newmarket.



Enable can beat Winter in the Arc

She is a fast-improving filly and we are confident she will handle the step up in class.

Talking of smart fillies, I see some bookies are 1-4 Enable beats Winter in the Arc. I’d go along with that. If there is one horse I would love to ride it would be Enable.

Frankie is a very lucky man, as usual! Enable was awesome in the King George. The boys couldn’t live with her.

This really has been the season when the girls have put the boys in the shade — I just hope it doesn’t happen in the Shergar Cup today.

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