Each team has three riders, stellar international names. Every jockey is guaranteed five rides for their team. The teams are divided into: Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, The Girls & Rest of the World.
Tadhg O’Shea, Filip Minarik, Yuga Kawada and Hayley Turner have been confirmed as team captains for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.
Hayley Turner, the most successful female jockey in Britain ever, is back, and will be joined by Jamie Kah, who recently set a new record for the most wins by a female rider in an Australian season, and Women Jockeys' World Cup winner, Nanako Fujita.
The Great Britain & Ireland team is made up of seven-time Champion Jockey in the UAE, Tadhg O'Shea, Danny Tudhope, who had a tremendous Royal Ascot 2019 and is current leader of the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey's Championship and multiple Group One winnning jockey Jamie Spencer.
The Rest of the World team is captained by Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada - with over 1,200 winners to his name, he is one of only eight riders in JRA history to win all five Classic races in Japan. His fellow team-mate, Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu, was Hong Kong Champion Apprentice and finished fourth in last season's Jockey standings. Australian Mark Zahra also joins the team.
Four-time Champion Jockey in Germany, Filip Minarik leads the European team and is joined by globe-trotting French jockey Gerald Mosse and twelve-time Dutch Champion Jockey, Adrie de Vries.
Making his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut, 33 year old Yuga Kawada has ridden over 1,200 winners in Japan, including 12 at Group 1 level, and is one of only eight riders in JRA history to have won all five Classic races in Japan. Yuga rode in the UK in 2018 when based with Newmarket trainer Roger Varian gaining four wins from 30 rides.
Mark Zahra's first major winner was Mandela in 2008 and first Group One winner was Albert The Fat in the 2011 VRC Cantala Stakes. He's had 13 G1 wins, and last season Mark Zahra rode 54 winners.
Hong Kong Champion Apprentice in 2010/11, Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu (rides as C-Y Ho) spent time in New Zealand at the start of his career, partnering 44 winners. He also had a short spell in the UK in 2018, making a winning debut on the Mark Johnston-trained X Rated at Haydock Park – one win from five rides. The 29 year old has notched up 267 Hong Kong victories & finished fourth in the 2018/19 championship with 55 successes. He is riding in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for the first time.
Hayley is the most successful female jockey in Britain ever. She was joint champion apprentice in 2005 and her biggest UK wins came in the 2011 G1 Darley July Cup (Dream Ahead) & the 2011 G1 Nunthorpe Stakes (Margot Did). The 33 year old became only the second female rider to partner a winner at Royal Ascot when successful on Thanks Be in the 2019 Sandringham Handicap.
23 year old Jamie hails from an equestrian background and was riding trackwork before the age of 15. She won the 2012/13 Adelaide Jockeys’ Premiership while still an apprentice and won the same title again in both 2016/17 and 2017/18. Jamie spent time in the 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 with 129 winners, beating the previous record of 111. The Melbourne-based jockey enjoyed her first G1 success on Harlem in the 2019 Australian Cup at Flemington on 9th March. She has partnered nearly 800 winners.
Making her Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut, 21 year old Nanako obtained her Japan Racing Association jockey’s licence in 2016 – the first female to do so for 16 years. She became the most successful female jockey in Japan in August 2018, when recording her 35th career victory and set another record when becoming the first female JRA jockey to ride in a G1 race, finishing fifth on Copano Kicking in the February Stakes at Tokyo on 19th February 2019. Nanako was top jockey at the third running of the Women Jockeys' World Cup at Bro Park in Stockholm, Sweden on 30th June, with two successes – her first in Europe. She has enjoyed a total of over 60 winners in Japan.
The 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. He was Champion Irish Apprentice in 2001 and has had one Royal Ascot success aboard Ouqba in the 2009 Jersey Stakes. The 37 year old Irishman is making his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Danny is enjoying a fabulous 2019 and currently leads the Stobart Champion Flat Jockeys’ Championship (as of 12th July). He partnered his 1,000th winner at Thirsk on 3rd June 2019 and has ridden six Royal Ascot winners, including four in 2019 headed by Lord Glitters in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. The 33 year old is making his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Jamie Spencer is an Irish flat racing jockey currently riding in the UK. He has been champion jockey in both Ireland and Britain and has won four classics, two in each country.
Born in Prague, Czech Republic and based in Germany since 2000, Filip has been champion jockey in Germany on four occasions – 2005, 2011, 2016 and 2017 (when he shared the title with Alexander Pietsch). He has partnered over 1,500 winners in Germany, including 14 at Group 1 level. The seasoned rider is making his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
Gérald Mossé began riding professionally in April 1983 and his success during his apprenticeship under Patrick-Louis Biancone led to an offer to ride for renowned trainer François Boutin and his stable of horses belonging to Jean-Luc Lagardère. Mossé went on to become one of his country's top jockeys, winning the 1990 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 1991, he rode Arazi to five straight wins in France then spent 1992 and part of 1993 racing in Hong Kong.
Twelve-time Champion Jockey in his native Netherlands, Adrie de Vries is now based in Germany where he notched another Champion Jockey title to his CV in 2014. He is no stranger to riding abroad, having gained over 2,200 winners and Group race winners in nine countries. Adrie was part of the Shergar Cup European team in 2017.