Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup
 
Saturday 10th August 2019

After an exciting six-race card, the Rest of the World team emerged as the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup's triumphant winning team with 86 points, ahead of the joint runners-up Europe and The Girls on 63.
The performance by the ROW was all the more meritorious as all three team members were making their Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debuts.
 
The ROW team was last successful in 2016 and has now won three times since 2012. Leading Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada was this year's ROW team's winning captain,
 
"I didn't have a great day myself, but my other members were very successful today and rode very well winning a race each," said Kawada. "I came here last year during a trip to England and it has been great to catch up with people I met last year. It has been good to meet new people - it has been a fun day.
 
"It has been a great atmosphere, a great result and I am thrilled to have been the captain. I hope I can come back next year!"
 
Kawada's team members Vincent C.Y. Ho and Mark Zahra, won a race apiece. Zahra was also awarded Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day for his ride on Indianapolis in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge, and Ho won the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile on Power Of Darkness.

Zahra finished second in the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle award on 35 points behind the winner Hayley Turner on 40.

Hayley Turner's second place in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint aboard the Paul D'Arcy-trained Pass The Vino gave her 10 points - which was enough to ensure that she won the Alistair Haggas Silver Saddle for the jockey who amasses the most points during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.
 
Turner became the first jockey to win the Silver Saddle in consecutive years, having also won it in 2018.
 
Her total of 40 points left her five points clear of Mark Zahra (35), with Filip Minarik and Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu joint-third on 32 points. Gerald Mosse and Jamie Spencer shared fifth place with 20 points apiece.
 
Turner said: "Alistair Haggas was the one who created this whole event and he got me involved, which has been a big boost to my career. Sadly he is no longer with us but it is lovely to win his Silver Saddle trophy for the second time. 
 
"Pass The Vino is a lovely horse, very game, and they'll have a lot of fun with him this year.
 
"I can't believe I won the Silver Saddle again. It's a massive thrill - this event means so much to me. I really enjoy it and it's great because all my family are here as well. 
 
"Even though the other girls [Jamie Kah and Nanako Fujita] didn't ride a winner, they will have gained lots of experience from riding here and they've both enjoyed it. And it's brilliant that our team finished joint-second as well. I'm definitely going to celebrate this evening. I'd like to think that's bagged me a spot here for next year!"
 
Hayley's parents, sister and grandmother were all present to watch her receive her trophy.

Teams:

Great Britain & Ireland

  • Tadhg O'Shea © IRE
  • Danny Tudhope GBR
  • Jamie Spencer GBR

 

 

Rest of the World

  • Yuga Kawada © JPN
  • Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu HKG
  • Mark Zahra AUS

 

 

Europe

  • Filip Minarik © GER
  • Gerald Mosse FRA
  • Adrie De Vries NED

 

 

Girls

  • Hayley Turner © GBR
  • Jamie Kah AUS
  • Nanako Fujita JPN

 

 

THE 2019 DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP - SHORT BIOGRAPHIES
 
GBI 
Tadhg O'Shea 
*37 years old.
* Champion Irish apprentice in 2001.
*Most successful jockey of all-time in the United Arab Emirates. 
*The 2018/19 season also saw O'Shea land a seventh jockeys' championship in the UAE, equalling the record set by Ted Durcan.
*One Royal Ascot success - Ouqba, 2009 Jersey Stakes. 
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. 
 
Danny Tudhope
*33 years old.
*Enjoying a fabulous 2019 and currently leads the Stobart Champion Flat Jockeys' Championship (as of July 16).
*Partnered 1,000th winner at Thirsk in on June 3, 2019.
*Has ridden six Royal Ascot winners, including four in 2019 headed by Lord Glitters in G1 Queen Anne Stakes.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. 
 
EUR
Filip Minarik
*44 years old.
*Born in Prague, Czech Republic and based in Germany since 2000.
* Has been champion jockey in Germany on four occasions - 2005, 2011, 2016 and 2017 (when he shared the title with Alexander Pietsch).
*Has partnered over 1,500 winners in Germany, including 14 at G1 level.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. 
 
ROW
Yuga Kawada
*33 years old.
*Gained over 1,200 winners in Japan, including 12 at G1 level.
*One of only eight riders in JRA history to have won all five Classic races in Japan.
*Rode in the UK in 2018 when based with Newmarket trainer Roger Varian - four wins from 30 rides.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. 
 
Vincent Chak-Yiu Ho; rides as C-Y Ho
*29 years old.
*Spent time in New Zealand at start of career, partnering 44 winners.
*Hong Kong Champion Apprentice in 2010/11 with 39 wins.
*Had short spell in UK in 2018, making a winning UK debut on the Mark Johnston-trained X Rated at Haydock Park (August 9) - one UK win from five rides.
*267 Hong Kong victories & finished fourth in the 2018/19 championship with 55 successes.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
 
GIRLS
Hayley Turner
*36 years old.
*The most successful female jockey in Britain ever, setting records.
*Joint champion apprentice in 2005.
*Biggest UK wins came in 2011 G1 Darley July Cup (Dream Ahead) & 2011 G1 Nunthorpe Stakes (Margot Did).
*Became only the second female rider to partner a winner at Royal Ascot when successful on Thanks Be in 2019 Sandringham Handicap.
*Has made more Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup appearances than any other jockey - 12 in total.
 
Jamie Kah
*23 years old.
*From an equestrian background and was riding trackwork before the age of 15.
*Won 2012/13 Adelaide Jockeys' Premiership while still an apprentice. Won the same title again in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.
*Spent time in UK in 2015, riding work for Sir Michael Stoute and Jeremy Gask.
*She set a new record for the most wins by a female jockey in an Australian season in 2016/17 - 129 as against 111 previously.
*The Melbourne-based jockey enjoyed her first G1 success on Harlem in the 2019 Australian Cup at Flemington on March 9. She has partnered nearly 800 winners.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. 
 
Nanako Fujita
*21 years old.
*She obtained her Japan Racing Association jockey's licence in 2016 - the first female to do so for 16 years.
*Became the most successful female jockey in Japan in August, 2018, when recording her 35th career victory.
*Set another record when becoming first female JRA jockey to ride in a G1 race - she finished fifth on Copano Kicking in the February Stakes at Tokyo on February 19, 2019. 
* Top jockey at the third running of the Women Jockeys' World Cup at Bro Park in Stockholm, Sweden on June 30, 2019 with two successes - her first in Europe.
*She has enjoyed a total of over 60 winners in Japan.
*Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.

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