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Great Britain and Ireland win Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot
13/08/06

The Great Britain and Ireland team regained the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, the annual jockeys' challenge at Ascot, with a comprehensive victory over the Rest Of The World.

The jockeys' challenge last fell to the home team in 2002 with the Rest Of The World collecting in emphatic style the following two years.

But after a break due to Ascot's redevelopment, GBI put their rivals to the sword, winning five of the six races and amassing 158 points to their counterparts measly sum of 95.

The afternoon got off to a winning start for the local riders when the team captains went head-to-head in a match race, with GBI boss Jason Weaver aboard Pic Up Sticks getting the better of Michael Roberts on Who's Winning.

Weaver's victory gained his team five valuable points, and he said: "Ascot was a lucky track for me when I was riding so it is great to have ridden a winner on the new course."

And reflecting on his team's success, he continued: "I said to the boys this is a team effort and on a couple of occasions they rode very cleverly. It has been very quiet in the weighing room as far as Frankie Dettori is concerned and it has been nice to stuff it up him - especially with Italy winning the World Cup. It is nice to win one back this year."

Roberts was conciliatory in defeat, and said: "It has been great for racing and there has to be a loser - it is just a pity it is not the other way round. The overall competition is now 2-2 so next year is the big one."

ROW team captain Dettori added: "We have to let the home team win sometimes! There has been some great races and great finishes and I hope the public have enjoyed it."

His rival, home team captain Jamie Spencer, added: "It is been a great day and our team have shone with some great performances."

Ironically, the most noteworthy victory of the afternoon was that of Young Mick in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge, which came courtesy of ROW's Gerald Mosse. George Margarson's young star, sent off as the 9-4 favourite, registered his ninth win of the year when beating Ti Adora by a length and he is now into 10-1 with Blue Square, Ladbrokes and Stan James for the totesport Ebor.

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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Draw 2006
11/08/06

Michael Roberts, the Rest of the World team manager for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot (August 12), is eagerly looking forward to the world’s premier jockeys’ contest and his match against the opposing team captain, Jason Weaver, in the Ladbrokes Shergar Cup Duel beforehand.

He said at the draw on Thursday, August 10 : “I am really pleased with the horses we have got - in the second race we managed to get the two horses we wanted most.

“The last time the Shergar Cup was run, we thought it might be interesting in future to have a match between the two team managers.

“It will be nice to get out on the new Ascot - I am looking forward to it. Ascot now looks to be one of the best, if not the best, track in the world.

“I ride regularly and have been making sure that I get on two each morning since the Ladbrokes Shergar Cup Duel was confirmed.

"I should weigh in at around 9st on Saturday.”

Roberts has just finished his first season (finished July 31) training in South Africa, gaining 30 winners. “It exceeded my expectations. I deliberately went for young horses that I liked and had only one older horse. I will have 80 in training for next season.”

Jason Weaver commented: “I was out playing golf when I got the call from Ascot that they were going ahead with the match race.

“I nearly swallowed my putter and fell over on the green. At that time, I had not ridden for three and a half years.

“I committed myself to it and aimed to lose weight - I was well over 12st 7lb and have got down to 10st 10lb which I have to be very happy with.

“I've been riding out a couple of horses every morning for the past month and trying to conserve as much energy as possible for Saturday.

"I weighed in stripped at 10st 9lb in the Dettori household this morning after a spin on the treadmill.

"I'm over 2st heavier than when I was riding and I haven't found it that difficult to get some weight off.

“As Michael was saying, it is an honour to ride at the new Ascot. There are five points up for grabs too so our duel will set up the day.

“My sons never saw me ride as a jockey and haven’t seen me ride out in the mornings so I have said I will bring them to Ascot on Saturday.”

Roberts added: “Jason is fitter than I thought he would be - he has done well and may the best man win on Saturday.“

Weaver has lost a stone in weight during the last few weeks, getting down to 10st 10lb from 11st 10lb, ahead of his return to the saddle for the Ladbrokes Shergar Cup Duel.

Ladbrokes, official bookmaker to the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, have generously donated £50 to the Injured Jockeys' Fund for each pound Weaver has lost in that period, meaning a total payment of £700.

There is a 16lb difference in the ratings between the Pic Up Sticks (Weaver's mount) and Who's Winning (Roberts' mount) in the Ladbrokes Shergar Cup Duel.

JOCKEYS TALK ABOUT THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP

Emma-Jayne Wilson, the riding sensation of Canada who has had 78 winners at the current Woodbine meet, said: "I'm very excited..

"When I had the first call about riding at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup back in March it seemed a long way away.

"The style of racing is different from at home and the track at Ascot is also different, but it is still horses racing with four legs with a jockey on their backs!"

Hayley Turner, who along with Emma-Jayne Wilson will become the first female jockey to participate in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, commented: "I can't wait.

"It is going to be a great experience for me and I look to have a good couple of rides in the last two races."

Doug Whyte, the Hong Kong-based South African jockey, added: "It's great to be back and see the real big facelift at Ascot.

"It will be interesting to get back on the track - it looks fantastic, it's certainly one of the best tracks I have ridden over and the turf seems as green and lush as ever.”

Australian rider Glen Boss, partner of the legendary triple Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva and riding in his first Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, commented: "Obviously, it is a great feeling to be riding at Ascot.

"To look back on your career and say you rode at Ascot and against the best jockeys in the world will be wonderful.

“I have never been here before and cannot wait to tangle with these guys.”

Japanese ace Yuichi Fukunaga is having his second European riding venture, having previously been in 1999. He said: “It is an honour to be chosen to represent the Rest of the World team and Japan.”

Referring to Japanese champion jockey Yutaka Take, who rode in the 2004 and 2003 Shergar Cups and had three seconds, Fukunaga commented: “I would like to make him envious by riding a Shergar Cup winner.”

The Great Britain and Ireland team is headed by jockey captain Jamie Spencer, the 2005 champion jockey in Britain.

He is joined by Michael Kinane, one of the most successful jockeys of all time, Hayley Turner, the first female jockey to be champion apprentice in Britain, Ryan Moore, who looks set to become champion jockey for the first time this year, Seb Sanders and Robert Winston,

Team manager for the Great Britain and Ireland team is Jason Weaver, the former jockey turned television pundit who rode more than 1,000 winners including the 1995 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Double Trigger.

Frankie Dettori is jockey captain for the Rest of the World team.

The popular Italian will be joined by Glen Boss from Australia, regular partner of the three-time Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva, Yuichi Fukunaga, one of Japan's leading riders, French ace Gerald Mosse, Doug Whyte, the South African who has been champion jockey in Hong Kong for the past six season, and Emma-Jayne Wilson, the riding phenomenon from Canada, who became both the first female rider and only the third apprentice to win to win the riding title at Woodbine last year.

Michael Roberts is team manager for the Rest of the World team. The 52-year-old was champion jockey in Britain in 1992 as well as 11-times champion jockey in his native South Africa. He rode close to 4,000 winners and won the 1988 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on Mtoto.

Ladbrokes latest betting on the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

Great Britain 11/10 vs 4/6 Rest Of World

Ladbrokes Shergar Cup Duel
Jason Weaver (Pic Up Sticks) Evens vs 8/11 Michael Roberts (Who's Winning)

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Specials

Top Jockey "Silver Saddle"

7/2 Gerald Mosse, 5 Glen Boss, 5 Seb Sanders, 6 Robert Winston, 8 Michael Kinane, 10 Frankie Dettori, 12 Hayley Turner, 12 Doug Whyte, 20 Ryan Moore, 20 Jamie Spencer, 25 Yuichi Fukunaga, 25 Emma-Jayne Wilson

Captain's Special (based on Shergar Cup points scoring system)
Frankie Dettori (ROW) 4/6 vs 11/10 Jamie Spencer (GB)

Ladies Special (based on Shergar Cup points scoring system)
Emma-Jayne Wilson (ROW) 11/10 vs 4/6 Hayley Turner (GB)

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP DRAW 2006

Following the draw, here are the runners and riders plus Ladbrokes odds for the six races that make up the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday, August 12, 2006.

1.20pm SODEXHO PRESTIGE SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF

Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+ fillies & mares rated 0-100, 6f. Weights: highest weight 10st; minimum weight 8st 9lb (3yo 8st 5lb). Penalties: after July 22, a winner 3lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb.

GBI PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 4300 SIERRA VISTA (David Metcalfe) David Barker 6-10-00 [6] Hayley Turner GBI 7/1
2) 1010 FOLGA (The Thrill Seekers) James Given 4-9-10 [8] Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 7/1
3) 1015 TAGULA SUNRISE (David Knaggs & Mel Roberts) Richard Fahey 4-9-06 [10] Jamie Spencer GBI 6/1
4) -520 BOUBOULINA (Gainsborough Stud) Ed Dunlop 3-9-04 [3] Seb Sanders GBI 14/1
5) -010 LADY LIVIUS (Mrs John Lee) Richard Hannon 3-9-02 [2] Frankie Dettori ROW 16/1
6) 2210 DARK MISSILE (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-8-13 [7] Ryan Moore GBI 3/1
7) 1530 AUWITESWEETHEART (D R Windebank) Rod Millman 4-8-09 [1] Michael Kinane GBI 16/1
8) 2015 SLING BACK (Wavelength Syndicate) Eamon Tyrrell IRE 5 8-09 [9] Glen Boss ROW 8/1
9) 1611 MEDITATION (Paddy Barrett) Ian Wood 4-8-09 (3lb ex) [5] Gerald Mosse ROW 11/2
10) 3523 SECRET NIGHT (John Drew) James Toller 3-8-08 [4] Emma-Jayne Wilson ROW 8/1

R1) 2340 RIQUEWIHR (S Enwright) John Wainwright p6-8-09
R2) 3506 SAFRANINE (Caron Stokell) Ann Stokell 9-8-09

 

1.55pm PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE

Class 2, Auction Stakes,£30,000 guaranteed. For 2yo which were sold or bought in as yearlings by public auction (under the hammer) or as 2yo at the “Breeze Up” sales for 72,000 guineas or less after June 30, 2005 (last sale to govern the price if sold more than once), 7f. Weights: colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: for each Class 4 race won 3lb; for each Class 3 race won 5lb; for each Class 1 or 2 race won 7lb (nursery handicaps excluded for the purpose of penalties; penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 12lb). Allowances: horses sold or bought in for 65,000 guineas or less 1lb; for 55,000 guineas or less 2lb; for 45,000 guineas or less 3lb; for 35,000 guineas or less 4lb (To calculate allowances for horses sold before July 1, 2005, add an additional 3,000 guineas to horses auction price).

ROW PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 0102 JOHANNESBURG JACK (Michael Lynch) Hughie Morrison 2-9-04 [4] Jamie Spencer GBI 20/1
2) 1 DOCTOR BROWN (J S Threadwell) Brian Meehan 2-9-01 [2] Frankie Dettori ROW 2/1
3) 2114 GRAND PRIX (Jenny Powell) Richard Hannon 2-9-01 [8] Gerald Mosse ROW 25/1
4) 1005 ZAFONICAL STORM (Briton International) Brendan Duke 2-9-01 [9] Hayley Turner GBI 100/1
5) 2224 ARMIGERENT (Joy & Valentine Feerick) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 [1] Doug Whyte ROW 9/4
6) 232 CAPE SCHANCK (Jane Chapple-Hyam) Jane Chapple-Hyam 2 8-12 [3] Seb Sanders GBI 25/1
7) 5112 EDDIE JOCK (C A Gershinson) Michael Bell 2-8-12 [10] Robert Winston GBI 7/2
8) 0212 GOING STRAIGHT (Christopher Shankland) Ian Wood 2-8-07 [7] Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 6/1
9) 3104 HYTHE BAY (Eastwell Manor Racing Ltd) Richard Phillips 2-8-07 [6] Emma-Jayne Wilson ROW 33/1
10) 5300 SLIPASEARCHER (Barry McCabe) David Evans 2-8-07 [5] Michael Kinane GBI 33/1

R1) 52 FARLEIGH HOUSE (Lordship Stud) Mark Tompkins 2-8-13
R2) 24 CALDRA (Norman Ormiston) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-12

 

2.30pm SODHEXO PRESTIGE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT

Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 guaranteed. For 3yo rated 0-100, 6f. Weights: highest weight 9st 12lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 22, a winner 3lb.

ROW PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 5010 ANGUS NEWZ (J G Dooley) Mick Quinn v3-9-12 [3] Frankie Dettori ROW 10/1
2) -000 CURTAIL (Gordon McDowell) Ian Semple 3-9-10 [9] Jamie Spencer GBI 25/1
3) 1050 INGLEBY ARCH (Dave Scott) David Barron 3-9-09 [6] Robert Winston GBI 11/2
4) 0021 KING ORCHISIOS (Mr & Mrs Julian & Rosie Richer) Kevin Ryan 3-9-08 [10] Glen Boss ROW 3/1
5) -053 GRANTLEY ADAMS (Mrs T G Trant) Mick Channon 3-9-05 [7] Michael Kinane GBI 5/1
6) 0146 SWEET AFTON (M McLoughlin) Eamon Tyrrell IRE 3-9-04 [5] Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 11/2
7) 0630 GAMBLE IN GOLD (Ms R Z Stephenson) Richard Hannon 3-9-02 [8] Gerald Mosse ROW 12/1
8) 4020 COME OUT FIGHTING (M J Wiley) Paul Blockley 3 9-01 [1] Ryan Moore GBI 10/1
9) 2100 PHANTOM WHISPER (Tina Ann Dormer) Rod Millman 3 9-00 [2] Hayley Turner GBI 16/1
10) 0142 DIDN’T WE (Miss J A Leighs) Terry Mills b3-8-11 [4] Doug Whyte ROW 8/1

R1) 1160 GAVARNIE BEAU (Lloyd Hill) Michael Blanshard 3-8-11
R2) 6350 ORPSIE BOY (Vanessa Church) Nick Littmoden 3-8-10

3.00pm CARVILL SHERGAR CUP STAYERS

Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 2m. Weights: highest weight 9st 12lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 22, a winner 3lb.

GBI PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 101- CAVALLINO (Investment AB Rustningen) Roy Kvisla t6-9-12 [4] Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 33/1
2) 6450 TARANDOT (Norcroft Park Stud) George Margarson 5-9-06 [6] Robert Winston GBI 8/1
3) 4466 REHEARSAL (Elite Racing Club) Len Lungo 5-9-04 [1] Michael Kinane GBI 7/1
4) 4-35 SWORDSMAN (John O’Connor) Michael Bell b4-9-03 [8] Glen Boss ROW 5/1
5) 6466 DOROTHY’S FRIEND (Mountgrange Stud) Roger Charlton 6-9-03 [7] Seb Sanders GBI 5/2
6) 1310 MUDAWIN (Franconson Partners) Jane Chapple-Hyam 5-9-01 [9] Emma-Jayne Wilson ROW 12/1
7) 5054 McELDOWNEY (C G Maybury) Mark Johnston 4 8-13 [3] Ryan Moore GBI 5/1
8) -050 CASUAL GLANCE (Kingsclere Stud) Andrew Balding 4-8-12 [5] Jamie Spencer GBI 12/1
9) 5620 QUIZZENE (Favourites Racing VII) Mark Johnston 4-8-11 [10] Frankie Dettori ROW 10/1
10) 2654 WISE OWL (S Birdseye) Jeff Pearce 4-8-10 [2] Doug Whyte ROW 12/1

R1) 3020 TRANCE (Nigel Shields) David Barron p6-8-09
R2) 2100 SKI JUMP (P D Smith Holdings Ltd) Richard Fahey v6-8-08

 

3.35pm MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL
SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE

Class 2, Handicap, £40,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight 9st 12lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 22, a winner 3lb.

ROW PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 6161 YOUNG MICK (M F Kentish) George Margarson v4-9-13 (3lb ex) [6] Gerald Mosse ROW 2/1
2) 1005 CHANTACO (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 4-9-12 [2] Hayley Turner GBI 6/1
3) 2246 NAWAMEES (Paul Stamp) Gary Moore p8-9-06 [10] Seb Sanders GBI 10/1
4) 4200 TOP SEED (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 5-9-04 [5] Robert Winston GBI 20/1
5) 1006 MIKAO (Ben Allen) Mark Tompkins 5-9-03 [9] Jamie Spencer GBI 12/1
6) 2314 PEVENSEY (C C Buckely) Mark Buckley 4-9-03 [4] Frankie Dettori ROW 7/1
7) 5540 WINGMAN (Donald Kerr) John Hills p4-9-02 [8] Doug Whyte ROW 8/1
8) 5012 ISIDORE BONHEUR (John McAlleese) Alan Swinbank 5-9-02 [3] Emma-Jayne Wilson ROW 12/1
9) 0522 NERO’S RETURN (Christine Budden) Mark Johnston 5 8-11 [1] Glen Boss ROW 13/2
10) 1233 TI ADORA (Jan Harris) Paul DìArcy 4-8-10 [7] Ryan Moore GBI 12/1

R1) 1550 OLIMPO (Christine & Aubrey Loze) Rod Millman 5-8-08
R2) 5150 MA’AM (Neardown Stables) Ian Wood 4-8-07

4.10pm SONY SHERGAR CUP MILE

Class 2, Handicap, £40,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m. Weights: highest weight 9st 12lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 22, a winner 3lb.

GBI PICKED FIRST - LADBROKES ODDS AT END
1) 2000 ROYAL ISLAND (Markus Graff) Mark Johnston 4 9-12 [8] Ryan Moore GBI 20/1
2) 0050 PENTECOST (J C, J R & S R Hitchens) Andrew Balding 7-9-12 [5] Michael Kinane GBI 6/1
3) 0204 APPALACHIAN TRAIL (G L S Partnership) Ian Semple b5-9-11 [2] Gerald Mosse ROW 4/1
4) 5030 TUCKER (Mrs A M Richards) Walter Swinburn p4-9-10 [6] Hayley Turner GBI 14/1
5) 2060 BUSTAN (T W Morley) Giles Bravery 7-9-09 [10] Doug Whyte ROW 20/1
6) 0311 HARTSHEAD (B Valentine) Alan Swinbank 7-9-08 (3lb ex) [4] Yuichi Fukunaga ROW 9/2
7) 0006 JALAMID (T W Morley) Giles Bravery t4-9-05 [9] Robert Winston GBI 14/1
8) 3003 PRINCE OF THEBES (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 5-9-05 [3] Seb Sanders GBI 3/1
9) 2005 RED SPELL (Mrs John Lee) Richard Hannon p5-9-04 [1] Glen Boss ROW 9/1
10) 3410 FLIPANDO (Mrs J Hazell) David Barron 5-9-03 [7] Emma-Jayne Wilson ROW 9/1

R1) 2150 KELUCIA (B Scanlon & F Brady) Ralph Beckett 5-9-02
R2) 0251 GRANSTON (The Four Players Partnership) James Bethell 5 9-01 (3lb ex)

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