Ascot

  • 14:30 Titanic Belfast Shergar Cup Classic Handicap1m 4f

  • Winner £14,754 2nd £5,166 3rd £2,361 4th £1,842
  • Going: Good To Soft (soft in places on the round course)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 33.98s
  • Off time: 14:31:05
14:30 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Parlour Games 15/2
2nd Ithoughtitwasover (IRE) 4/1
3rd Swift Alhaarth (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 1-2137 RED, WHITE triangle, hooped sleeves and cap Seelo (USA) 30
3 9-9 J H M Gosden Jim Crowley 92 6/17.00
2 (6) 8-1157 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE triangle Halifax (IRE) 10
Distance Winner
3 9-8 M Johnston O Peslier 91 13/27.50
3 (4) 336-140 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE triangle, striped sleeves and cap Jehanbux (USA) 51
3 9-8 R Hannon F M Berry 91 20/121.00
5 (9) 611 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE triangle Ithoughtitwasover (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
3 9-5 M Johnston R Hughes 88 4/15.00
6 (5) 111505 BLACK, WHITE triangle, striped sleeves and cap Art History (IRE) 9
3 9-4 M Johnston Y Take 87 14/115.00
7 (11) 15-03 RED, WHITE triangle, striped sleeves and cap Pivotman 10
3 9-4 Mrs A J Perrett Hayley Turner 87 6/17.00
8 (8) 51-1344 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE triangle, hooped sleeves and cap Parlour Games 14
3 9-3 M Al Zarooni C O'Donoghue 86 15/28.50
9 (2) 144203 BLACK, WHITE triangle Swift Alhaarth (IRE) 9
3 9-3 M Johnston D J Whyte 86 13/27.50
10 (1) 10-0640 BLACK, WHITE triangle, hooped sleeves and cap State Opera 29
3 9-2 M Johnston H Bowman 85 20/121.00
11 (12) 8-221 White Thubiaan (USA) 32
Distance Winner
3 9-2 W J Haggas C P Lemaire 85 6/17.00
Non runners
4 (7)411421Ivan Vasilevich (IRE)39-6Jane Chapple-HyamC P Lemaire89
12 (10)75-1811Dragonera39-0E A L DunlopReserve 283

Verdict

Responsible for half the original 10-strong field, Mark Johnston has set punters a real poser here and the market must be consulted before taking the plunge on any of the Middleham-trained quintet. HALIFAX is only a token selection, therefore, on the basis that he's been taking on better opposition since scoring comfortably over this trip at Newcastle in a race that's worked out well. He didn't have much luck when seventh at Goodwood last time and can reverse that form with third Pivotman. Hat-trick seeker Ithoughtitwasover looks a danger, as does Swift Alhaarth, while Parlour Games has been running well without real reward on turf since winning on the Polytrack in the spring. Top weight Seelo may be best of the rest as Ivan Vasilevich is climbing the weights.