Aaron Gryder, Matthew Chadwick and Cristian Demuro Set for Shergar Cup Debuts 05/07/12
Californian ace Aaron Gryder, best known internationally for his victory on Well Armed in the 2009 Dubai World Cup, rising Hong Kong star Matthew Chadwick and reigning Italian champion Cristian Demuro will all make their Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debuts at Ascot on Saturday, August 11.
The line-up for the Rest of the World team of male jockeys is confirmed today as Yutaka Take (Captain, Japan), Aaron Gryder (USA) and Matthew Chadwick (Hong Kong).
The line-up for the European team of male jockeys will be Frankie Dettori (Captain, Italy), if he is available to ride, with his team-mates Andreas Suborics (Germany) and Cristian Demuro (Italy).
The line-up for the Great Britain & Ireland male team will be announced closer to the event.
The three male teams will go against the first ever all-female team to take part in an international jockeys’ competition, made of up of arguably the world’s three top female riders, Hayley Turner (Captain, UK), Chantal Sutherland (Canada/USA) and Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada). This line-up was announced in April.
Yutaka Take, 43, the legendary Japanese superstar who has been crowned champion jockey in his homeland no less than 18 times and who has ridden four Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup winners in his five appearances in the competition to date, will captain the Rest of the World Team.
The highly experienced Aaron Gryder, 42, will fly in from San Francisco to have his first experience of riding in Britain since 1992. He has won titles at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park and Aqueduct and also had a successful stint in Hong Kong, but is best known for his Dubai World Cup win which was achieved by a stunning margin of a 14 lengths, a record for the world’s richest horse race.
Matthew Chadwick, who turns 22 next week, promises to be the best ever home-grown jockey in Hong Kong. He will have his first taste of racing in Britain when he spends a few weeks with trainer Charlie Hills in Lambourn later this month, with agent Laura Way booking his rides. He started as an apprentice in Hong Kong well into the 2008/9 season, yet still won the champion apprentice title with 43 winners and rode out his claim in January, 2010, in a Hong Kong record of one year and three weeks.
Frankie Dettori, 41, has not been able to take part in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup since 2008, but with three retained jockeys now riding for Godolphin, the hope is that the three-time UK champion jockey may be free to ride this year.
Andreas Suborics, three times champion jockey in Germany, took part in one previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, back in 2007. Ironically that was the last time August 11 was the date for the Shergar Cup – it is Suborics’ birthday which he will once again celebrate at Ascot, this time bringing his family over with him as he turns 41.
Cristian Demuro, Mirco’s younger brother, won the Italian championship last year at the age of just 19 after riding 222 winners during the season. He partnered 153 winners in 2010 to finish second in the table and has also ridden winners in Japan, where he has spent two successful stints, and Dubai. The young Italian phenomenon will turn 20 this Sunday.
Nick Smith, Head of Communications for Ascot Racecourse, said: “This promises to be the most exciting Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in the event’s history, with the first all-female team and more international jockeys taking part than ever before, some legends in their own countries and some who are rapidly rising young stars.”
Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman, Colm McLoughlin, commented: “The international aspect is one of the most attractive elements of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup to us as a global brand.
“We are thrilled to be helping to create an opportunity for racegoers in the UK to see so many of horseracing’s top international stars in action at one of the world’s most famous sporting venues.”
REST OF THE WORLD TEAM
Yutaka Take (Captain, Japan)
The subject of national adulation in Japan, where he is the country’s top sporting figure, Yutaka Take was born in Kyoto on March 15, 1969, the son of legendary jockey turned trainer Kunihiko Take, who was known as the ‘Magician of the Turf’. He rode his first winner on Dyna Bishop at Hanshin on March 7, 1987, and won 69 races when champion apprentice that year, a record for a first season rider. Take has been champion Japanese jockey 18 times (1989-1990, 1992-2000 and 2002-2008 inclusive) and his 2005 title saw him win a record 212 races. He has won races at Group One level for 24 consecutive seasons. In 1991 he became the first Japanese rider to win a Pattern race overseas when taking the Grade Three Seneca Stakes on El Senor at Saratoga, USA, and was also the first Japanese jockey to win a Pattern race in Europe when landing the 1994 Prix du Moulin on Ski Paradise at Longchamp, France, as well as the first to score in Britain, when winning the 2000 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Agnes World. Take is an internationally renowned jockey who has travelled extensively and was based in California in 2000 and rode in France during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, before returning to his domestic base. He partnered the great Deep Impact in all of his races, including the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown. Take participated at the 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cups. He won his first race at Ascot in the 2007 competition, steering the Tony Martin-trained Leg Spinner to success in the Shergar Cup Stayers Handicap. In 2008, he rode Strike Up The Band to win the Shergar Cup Dash and Nan’s Joy to land the Shergar Cup Distaff, placing him second in that year’s Silver Saddle leading rider competition. On July 22, 2007, Take established a record in Japan when recording his 2,944th success at a Japan Racing Association (JRA) track, passing the record of 2,943 achieved by Yukio Okabe. On November 3, 2007, Take reached another milestone in his career when becoming the first JRA rider to record 3,000 victories. That win, on two-year-old Sky Beauty at Kyoto racecourse, was his 14,288th JRA ride and came 20 years and eight months after the jockey made his career debut. The 5f 7in jockey’s numerous notable victories include three in the Japan Cup thanks to Special Week (1999), Deep Impact (2006) and Rose Kingdom (2010).
Previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins (4): 2007 Leg Spinner; 2008 Strike Up The Band; 2008 Nan’s Joy; 2011 Ile De Re.
Aaron Gryder (USA)
Born on June 5, 1970, Aaron Gryder grew up in West Covina, California, near Santa Anita Racecourse and although he had little contact with horses when he was younger, he was influenced by his father and uncle, who were racing fans, and wanted to be a jockey. He left home aged 13 to learn to ride at the invitation of former jockey Rudy Campas and returned to Santa Anita to ride professionally at the age of 16. The racecourse stewards suggested he got experience at a smaller racecourse, so Gryder chose to improve his riding at Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. He partnered his first winner on January 19, 1987, on Ragin Henry and quickly established himself as a leading jockey at Agua Caliente. He accepted a request to return to California and finished 1987 as the leading apprentice at Hollywood Park which also yielded his first Grade One winner courtesy of Asteroid Field in the Matriarch Stakes. Gryder’s career took off after that and he moved east, gaining riding titles and big race victories at some of the main tracks on the midwest and east coast circuits. In 1992 he won the $750,000 Super Derby on Senor Tomas at Louisiana Downs. He has won titles at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park and Aqueduct, where he was the leading rider on four consecutive occasions between 1998 and 2001. During the 1999/2000 meet he rode a remarkable 94 winners, 32 more than his nearest rival. He moved to California in 2007 and partnered his 3,000th winner on Pressthepace at Santa Anita on March 7. After returning to the west coast, he built up a good relationship with European import Well Armed, riding him to victory in the Grade One Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita in September, 2008, before partnering the Eoin Harty-trained gelding to a stunning 14-length victory in the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup the following March - the biggest winning margin in the event’s history. In November, 2009, Gryder moved to Hong Kong after securing a licence to ride there during the winter and enjoyed a successful spell before returning to America after riding in the inaugural Meydan Masters series in Dubai in March, 2010. He took in the southern circuit, riding predominantly at Oaklawn Park, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, before switching to California’s Golden Gate Fields in 2011. Gryder has made frequent appearances on television, starring on Animal Planet’s series “Jockeys” whilst he also offers analysis on TVG. He also had television roles in “Dellaventura” and “The Sopranos”. Gryder, also involved with children’s charities, is one of the founders and directors of The Giving Circle, originally created to help Hurricane Katrina victims and now helps communities all over the world. Gryder’s hobbies include cycling, water sports, running and working out. The 5ft 6in jockey has partnered 3,556 North American winners (up to July 2), with earnings of over US$111 million and has ridden in Britain once before when American-trained Diamonds Galore finished third in the 1992 Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Matthew Chadwick (Hong Kong)
Matthew Chadwick, born on July 12, 1990, is the rising star in Hong Kong racing after a sensational start to his riding career. Chadwick, of Chinese decent, was adopted as a child by Hong Kong-based British couple Jennifer and Chris Chadwick who are both teachers. Matthew’s passion for horses and riding was ignited on a holiday to Britain where he rode ponies and, although achieving good grades at school, he signed up for the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s training scheme aged 14. As with many young jockeys, the HKJC sent Chadwick to Australia to gain some experience. He started in Australia at Maryann Thexton’s Gold Coast stable and rode his first winner at Beaudesert, before joining Brett Bellamy ahead of the Coffs Harbour Festival. On June 21, 2008, Chadwick had his first rides for Bellamy at Lismore. On a five-race card, Chadwick had four rides and won all of them, including the feature Kyogle Cup. He continued to impress many racing professionals and punters in Australia, riding a further 21 winners before being granted a licence in Hong Kong in December, 2008. He was based with leading trainer Tony Cruz and despite starting late, he ended the 2008/09 season as champion apprentice with 43 winners. The 2009/10 season yielded more success for Chadwick, including his first Group victory on Egyptian Ra in the National Day Cup. In January, 2010, he set a new benchmark when riding out his claim (70 winners) in a one year and three weeks, the fastest in Hong Kong history, while also partnering Egyptian Ra to a second Group Three success in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup. Chadwick ended the season in fourth place in the jockeys’ championship. In February, 2011, he gained his first HK Group One victory on California Memory in the Hong Kong Gold Cup before partnering the grey gelding to an even bigger success in the Group One Hong Kong Cup in December, 2011, becoming the first homegrown jockey to win a Hong Kong International Race. Chadwick has 43 victories on the board this season (up to July 2) and lies fifth in the jockeys’ championship. As of July 2, 2012, he has enjoyed a total of 173 winners in Hong Kong. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Frankie Dettori (Captain, Italy)
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy, Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani's Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing's own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport'. He finally captured at the 15th attempt the Investec Derby in 2007 aboard Authorized and he has tasted success in all four other English Classics at least once with 14 Classic wins in total. Five of those have come in the Ladbrokes St Leger aboard Classic Cliché (1995), Shantou (1996), Scorpion (2005), Sixties Icon (2006) and Conduit (2008). He has won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas twice (1996 Mark Of Esteem and 1999 Island Sands), the QIPCO 1000 Guineas thrice (Cape Verdi 1998, Kazzia 2002 and Blue Bunting 2011) and the Investec Oaks three times (Balanchine 1994, Moonshell 1995 and Kazzia 2002). Dettori, retained by Godolphin since 1993, has enjoyed a host of high-profile international successes, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1995, 2001 and 2002 on Lammtarra, Sakhee and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006), the Breeders' Cup Turf on Daylami (1999), Fantastic Light (2001), Red Rocks (2006) and Dangerous Midge (2010) and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic on Raven's Pass. He celebrated his 500th Group race victory on Dabirsim in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at Longchamp on October 2, 2011. He has ridden well over 3,000 winners with more than 900 of them being for Godolphin, including 110 at Group One level. Dettori, who survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed, is married to Catherine. They have five children and live near Newmarket.
Andreas Suborics (Germany)
Andreas Suborics was born on August 11, 1971, in Vienna, Austria. He rode his first winner on Donjana at Vienna on April 4, 1988, and moved from his homeland to Germany in 1993 and is currently based in Cologne. His first major win on the European scene came at Longchamp in the 1996 Group One Prix de la Foret, partnering A Magicman to victory. Suborics has gone on to enjoy success at the highest level around the world. Tiger Hill is one of the best horses he has ridden, providing him with successes in two of Germany's most prestigious races - the Grosser Preis Von Baden in 1998 and the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in 1999. The 2001 season was most memorable for Suborics, largely thanks to the globetrotting Silvano. He rode that horse to success in the Arlington Million in Chicago as well as the Singapore Cup at Kranji and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Paolini provided the rider with two Group One victories in Italy in 2001, capturing the Gran Premio di Milano and the Premio Presidente della Repubblica. In 2002, Suborics won the German jockeys' title for the first time with 82 winners and was champion again in 2004 and 2006. In 2004, he partnered his first Deutches Derby winner in Shirocco and won the German Oaks on Amarette. Shirocco went on to enjoy Group One success in Italy later in the same season with Suborics aboard, while he also won the 2004 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on Paita. Suborics sustained serious chest injuries after a fall at Kyoto, Japan, in January, 2005, but made a full recovery and was back in the saddle four months later. In recent seasons, the most famous horse he has partnered is the superstar Hungarian sprinter Overdose although the partnership was denied a famous victory in the 2008 Prix de l’Abbaye when the race was declared void. In March, 2010, Suborics sustained head injuries following a fall when riding work in Hong Kong and, on medical advice, announced his retirement that August. However, in December, 2010, the jockey revealed that he had made an excellent recovery and had been given the green light by doctors to resume his riding career. He has participated in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup three times - in 2002, 2003 and 2007. No previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins.
Cristian Demuro (Italy)
Italian champion jockey Cristian Demuro, born on July 8, 1992, is the youngest brother of five-time Italian champion jockey Mirco Demuro. Cristian grew up in Rome and had experience with show jumpers before joining the Pisa Racing School. He graduated in 2008 and joined Bruno Grizzetti’s stable - one of the leading yards in Italy. He rode his first winner on Peperita, trained by Grizzetti, at Varese Racecourse on May 7, 2009, at the tender age of 16. He partnered a further 43 winners in 2009 and was champion apprentice. After a good start to the 2010 season, he was appointed stable jockey to Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra that April, but also had a second agreement with Grizzetti. La Nuova Sbarra is the stud and stable name of Rome-based property developer Sergio Scarpellini and his son Andrea. It is the biggest stable in Italy, owning around 100 horses spread around a number of trainers in the country. With the backing of two big stables, Demuro proved he was a top-class pilot, finishing second in the jockeys’ championship behind Umberto Rispoli with 153 winners. In 2011, Demuro rode in Japan between January and March before returning to Italy and partnering an astonishing 222 winners to be crowned champion jockey. He also gained his first winner at Meydan, Dubai, on Averroes in a 14-furlong handicap on December 31. Demuro went back to Japan earlier this year and enjoyed a successful spell, winning the Grade Three Himba Stakes on Donau Blue on January 29 and the Grade Three Tulip Show on Hana’s Girl on March 3. Since his return to Italy in mid-March, Demuro has amassed over 100 winners including a Group Three victory on Noble Hachy in the Premio Carlo Chiesa in April. Demuro has had 16 Listed race winners and four Group Three winners in his career to date. His interests outside of racing include football. The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup introduces Demuro to British racing. His older brother has been riding here since May. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Hayley Turner (Captain, Great Britain)
Hayley Turner, the joint champion UK apprentice jockey in 2005, is the most successful female rider to emerge in the 400-year history of the Sport of Kings in Britain. Born on January 3, 1983, in Nottingham, Turner was taught to ride by her mother, a riding instructor. She started riding out for trainer Mark Polglase, who supplied her first winner, Generate, at Pontefract on June 4, 2000. She also attended the Northern Racing College, and then was apprenticed to Michael Bell in Newmarket. Turner became the first woman to be crowned champion apprentice when partnering 44 winners during the 2005 Flat (turf) season, sharing the title with Saleem Golam. She also became only the fourth woman in Britain to ride out her claim, following Emma O'Gorman, Alex Greaves and Lisa Jones. Her success during the 2005 season led to Turner being awarded a Lester for apprentice jockey of the year, the first woman ever to land the award. Turner’s first Group One victory came in July, 2011 aboard Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and she enjoyed further Group One success as Margot Did captured the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York the following month. She is only the second woman to have ridden a Group One winner in Britain and the first to win one outright as Alex Greaves’ success came when her mount Ya Malak dead-heated with Coastal Bluff for the 1997 Nunthorpe Stakes. In 2008, she became the first female jockey to partner 100 winners in a calendar year in Britain. Turner was forced to miss four months of the 2009 Flat season after an incident on the Newmarket gallops that March, when catapulted from the horse she was riding and knocked unconscious. Turner's injuries - bruising to the brain - were originally considered serious enough that her licence was suspended for a year. However, following an appeal hearing at the British Horseracing Authority in July, she was declared fit to resume race riding and came back at Ascot the following day. She has ridden at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on six occasions (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and captained the GBR team in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Turner has recorded four wins in the competition and was runner-up to Hugh Bowman in the 2007 Silver Saddle Standings. This season she became only the second woman to ride in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, although her mount Cavaleiro finished last.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Wins: 2007 Relative Order; 2008 Gee Dee Nen; 2009 Noverre To Go; 2010 Yorgunnabelucky.
Chantal Sutherland (Canada/USA)
Born on February 23, 1976, at Winnipeg in Canada, Chantal Sutherland is a leading jockey in both her homeland and the USA. She grew up in Ontario, where her father Hugh owns a horse farm. Although she competed in showjumping and dressage during her youth and was also an accomplished field hockey player (competing for Canada’s national Junior World Cup team), she did not decide to embark on a career as a jockey until her graduation from York University in Toronto, where she gained a degree in communications and psychology. After her initial success on Silver Bounty at Woodbine on October 9, 2000, Sutherland quickly established herself as one of the brightest talents in North American racing and gained the Sovereign Award for Canada’s top apprentice jockey in 2001 and 2002. The 2002 campaign ended with Sutherland finishing third in the standings at Woodbine with 124 wins. In the winter of 2004, she made the move across the border to the USA and rode at Laurel Park in Maryland before switching to Florida and New York. During her time in New York, where she rode for leading trainers Allen Jerkens and Todd Pletcher, she enjoyed success at Grade Three level on Smokume in the Tom Fool Handicap and on Gigawatt in the Miami Mile Handicap. After a return to Canada in 2007, she made the move to Santa Anita, California, where she was dubbed “Queen of the longshots” by US Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. In 2008, she was back in Canada and on August 9 rode five winners in a day. That same season also saw Sutherland partner future Kentucky Derby hero Mine That Bird to three stakes race successes at Woodbine. Sutherland then split her time between riding at Santa Anita in the winter and the rest of the year at Woodbine. The best horse Sutherland has ridden is Game On Dude. In March, 2011, she partnered the Bob Baffert-trained gelding to victory in the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap, becoming the first female jockey to win the historic contest and she enjoyed another Grade One victory on the same horse in the Goodwood Stakes, also at Santa Anita, in October. Last year Game On Dude also finished runner-up under Sutherland in the Grade One Hollywood Gold Cup and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Drosselmeyer, ironically was ridden by her ex-boyfriend Mike Smith. Game On Dude also enabled Sutherland to become the first woman to ride in the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup, at Meydan in March, 2012. The pair finished 12th. Sutherland is also a well-known celebrity off the track. She starred in the reality series “Jockeys” on Animal Planet, had a recurring role in the HBO TV series “Luck” and remains an aspiring actress. She has also modelled and was the face of Canada-based cosmetics line Mistura Beauty. As of July 2, 2012, Sutherland, who is 5f 2in, has ridden 922 career winners with earnings of $46,187,950. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband Dan and is the new face of Del Mar Racecourse, whose season opens on July 18. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada)
Born on September 1, 1981, at Brampton in Ontario, Emma-Jayne Wilson is a riding phenomenon from Canada, with nearly 1,000 wins to her name. She burst onto the North American racing scene in 2005 when landing the riding title at Woodbine. At its 167-day meet, Wilson rode 175 winners from 1,096 mounts, becoming the first female to take the title in its 50-year history, and only the third ever apprentice to do so, following Sandy Hawley in 1969 and Mickey Walls in 1991. Wilson started riding at the age of nine and soon had her heart set on becoming a jockey. She studied equine management at the University of Guelph and spent two years riding out at Woodbine racecourse, where she caught the eye of leading agent Mike Luider. She rode her first winner on only her second ride - a horse called Ali Olah at Fort Erie, on August 28, 2004, and enjoyed an annus mirabilis in her first full season as an apprentice, recording a first Stakes victory on board Classic Stamp in the Grade Two Bell Canadian Stakes to go with her leading jockey title at Woodbine. Her achievements on the racetrack were rewarded with a Sovereign Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (with 146 wins for the year) and an Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in North America - becoming only the second woman ever to land the apprentice Eclipse award. Wilson retained her leading jockeys’ title at Woodbine in 2006 with 144 successes and received a second Sovereign Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. She became the first female rider to win the Grade One Queen’s Plate, part of Canada’s Triple Crown, when scoring on board Mike Fox in June, 2007. Wilson competed in the Hong Kong International Jockey Challenge in December, 2007, and was granted a licence to ride in the former colony the following winter. She was out of action for nearly three months following a fall at Woodbine in August 21, 2010, when she suffered a lacerated liver. Wilson made an impressive debut at the Breeders’ Cup in November, 2011, partnering Excaper to finish second behind Wrote in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. She ended 2011 with 135 winners at Woodbine and 143 in all. As of July 2, 2012, she has recorded 974 wins in her career with prize money of more than US$46 million. Wilson, who won the inaugural Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge in June, 2011, is making her second appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, having participated in the competition in 2006. No previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins.