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|Saturday 6th August 2016|
2016 will have added attraction of Melbourne Cup winning rider Michelle Payne recruited for The Girls team
Ascot head of international racing Nick Smith expects Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne to be a "fantastic addition" to the 2016 Shergar Cup.
Payne made history at Flemington on November 3 by becoming the first female rider in history to win the Australian showpiece, striking gold aboard 100-1 shot Prince Of Penzance.
Smith did not waste any time in approaching Payne in an attempt to lure her to the popular fixture in Berkshire next summer, and is thrilled she has agreed to be part of the Girls' team.
He said: "I had a chat with Michelle and she was absolutely charming and said she really wanted to come over and have an invite.
"At the end of the day, for a woman to win the Melbourne Cup is is one of the most important things ever to happen in racing.
"She is a really good jockey and has shown such enthusiasm to ride in our event, which is great to see.
" I'm sure she will be a fantastic addition to the Girls' team next year."
Payne will line up alongside Canadian rider Emma-Jayne Wilson in the Shergar Cup next August, with the third member of the team to be confirmed in due course.