The Girls Go Alone To Battle It Out In the Shergar Cup
Britain’s annual premier jockeys competition, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, returns to Ascot tomorrow for the twelfth time with a new star billing of top names.
The meeting, which was first established at Goodwood back in 1999, will this year feature a thrilling six-race showdown between four teams, one of which will be an all-ladies side for the first time to be captained by Britain’s leading female rider, Hayley Turner. The Girls team will also include Canadian phenomenon Emma-Jayne Wilson who rode in the Shergar Cup in 2006 when she was still an apprentice, and who has since ridden nearly 1000 winners, including a Canadian Classic, and jockey/actress/model Chantal Sutherland who is making her Shergar Cup debut.
Should one of the girls win a race, they will return to the Winners’ Enclosure to the aptly-named Eurhythmics tune, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, whereas their rivals, and favourites to win the team event, ‘Great Britain and Ireland’, will receive their applause to the tune of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ by Thin Lizzy.
Captained this year by six-times British Champion Jockey Kieren Fallon, Team GB and Ireland are looking to carry the success of their Olympics counterparts onto the racecourse, with Johnny Murtagh and James Doyle making up the rest of the team. Frankie Dettori, favourite to win the Silver Saddle, will be riding in the Shergar Cup for the first time since 2008, and is captaining the European side which includes Andreas Suborics, who will celebrate his birthday at Ascot, and Italian Cristian Demuro, the youngest rider in this year’s competition.
Last but most certainly not least is the ‘Rest of the World’ team, whose skipper Yutaka Take has been crowned Champion Jockey in Japan 18 times and is looking to add to his tally of four Shergar Cup winners. Whereas Aaron Gryder, one of the world’s most experienced jockeys and Matthew Chadwick, Hong Kong’s rising star, will both be making their Shergar Cup debuts.
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