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Today’s races on ITV

In the draw for Shergar Cup jockeys Ian Williams has got lucky by landing Adam Kirby for his talented old campaigner Shady McCoy (2.50), who can finally record his first win of the year in the Shergar Cup Mile. Other jockeys in this race are riding a track they hardly know and taking their instructions in a foreign language but Kirby knows Ascot and he knows the horse, having ridden him at Chester in May.

Shady McCoy hit peak form when second in the Bunbury Cup last month and had no run in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood eight days ago. This is a more straightforward opportunity.

1.05 Ascot The Shergar Cup veteran Hayley Turner can get off to a flyer aboard Line Of Reason in the Dash. The horse was second in this from a 6lb higher mark two years ago and can be forgiven a modest display in a much hotter race last time.

1.40 Ascot A race weakened by the withdrawal of Saunter and featuring a fair sprinkling of out-of-form horses and doubtful stayers could fall to Jukebox Jive, who won staying contests at Newbury and Sandown last summer. He put up one of his better efforts in a Listed contest last time and may have the edge over Cleonte.

1.55 Haydock Megan Nicholls is having a productive year and could be on the right one in Birds Of Prey. A winner of his only handicap in Ireland when with John Oxx, he found Kempton on the sharp side in two British starts.

2.15 Ascot It could be worth giving another chance to Nicholas T as he steps up to a mile and a half. This son of Rail Link has been running as though in need of this trip. Jim Goldie’s charge might have a few pounds in hand.

2.30 Haydock A well-backed handicap winner at Royal Ascot, Agrotera has a few pounds to find with a couple of these but it would hardly surprise anyone if she had more to offer after four races.

3.05 Haydock Owen Burrows might have found a flag-bearer for his Lambourn yard in Elwazir, a son of Frankel who is unbeaten this year and overcame trouble in running to land an Ascot handicap last month.

3.25 Ascot The Shergar Cup Classic could give Williams a second win on the card if Gossip Column can produce another effort like his all-the-way win at Chester on Sunday. He has improved by more than a stone since switching yards over the winter.

Ascot 
1.05 Line Of Reason 1.40 Jukebox Jive 2.15 Nicholas T 2.50 Shady McCoy 3.25 Gossip Column 4.00 Shaheen 

Redcar 
1.10 Red Flower 1.45 Global Melody 2.20 Faadhel 2.55 Kenny The Captain 3.30 Knowing Glance 4.05 Hajjam 4.35 Urban Spirit 5.05 The Knot Is Tied 

Haydock 

1.20 Addis Ababa 1.55 Birds Of Prey 2.30 Agrotera 3.05 Elwazir 3.40 
Mountain Angel (nb) 4.15 Equitation 4.50 Toni’s A Star 

Chelmsford 
1.30 Toffee Galore 2.05 Plentyintheetanksir 2.40 Go Far 3.15 Rock On 
Baileys 3.50 Quick Breath 4.25 Rapier 5.00 Spring Praise 

Newmarket 
2.00 Indigo Angel 2.35 Eyelool 3.10 Kaanoon 3.45 Ajrar (nap) 4.20 Ripp Orf 4.55 Morning Has Broken 5.30 Percy’s Word 

Lingfield 
5.10 Matchmaking 5.45 Spirit Of Appin 6.15 Global Warning 6.45 Vlannon 7.15 Obaby 7.45 Secret Potion 8.15 Aaliya 

Ayr 
5.35 Markhan 6.05 Absolute Dream 6.35 First Bombardment 7.05
Elysian Flyer 7.35 French Flyer 8.05 Naples Bay 8.35 Kuiper Belt 

3.45 Newmarket Richard Hannon has won the Sweet Solera for the past two years and has a strong candidate once more in Ajrar. She was straight enough to win on her debut and was second in a decent Listed contest the next week.

4.00 Ascot John Quinn’s yard is in good form and his Shaheen carries only a 3lb penalty for winning on Monday. It looks as though the return to six furlongs is a help to him now.

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