Michelle Payne has sadly had to withdraw from the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup due to illness and will be replaced by Hollie Doyle.
Michelle Payne said:
"It is with great disappointment that because of a virus I have contracted since arriving in England, I find I am unable to ride in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup competition today. I saw the doctor yesterday and we had both hoped the medication prescribed would kick in, but unfortunately that has not been the case and I am not well enough to compete today. I had been looking forward to being part of this special event for a long time. Joining the girls team had been had been a major goal of mine over the last 12 months, since missing the opportunity due to injuries sustained in a fall last year. I would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement and would love to return another time."
Nick Smith, Director of Racing & Communications at Ascot added:
"It's such a shame for Michelle that she's unable to ride today. She's been looking forward to it all year.
"We hope she will be able to participate in the event another time and in the meantime hope that the British audience get to see her next week at Newbury, where she's due to ride Summer Mile second Kaspersky.
"We are very grateful to Hollie for stepping in."