Rest of the World grab Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Glory

10th Aug 2019
Hayley Turner scored a superb double but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Rest of the World taking the team honours in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

The RoW team – Yuga Kawada, Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu and Mark Zahra – performed consistently throughout the day to top the leaderboard with 86 points, while Europe and the Girls teams shared second spot with 63 points. Great Britain and Ireland finished on 28 points.

Turner’s two wins did however help her retain the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle award for the day’s leading jockey.

Europe got off to the ideal start when Filip Minarik guided Stone of Destiny to victory by a nose in the opening Shergar Cup Dash over five furlongs.

Turner, who made history in June when she became only the second female jockey to ride a winner at Royal Ascot, steered Eddystone Rock to victory in the Stayers race over two miles but then the Rest of the World started to take control.

Zahra and Ho completed a 1-2 in the Challenge over a mile and a half with Zahra steering the James Given trained Indianapolis to the win and Ho on board Genetics in second.

Ho then backed that up with a one-length win on Power of Darkness for Marcus Tregoning in the Mile.

Turner then gave Mark Johnston’s Sapa Inca a great ride to win the Classic by a quarter of a length before Jamie Spencer grabbed some consolation for Great Britain and Ireland with a nice win for William Haggas’ Victory Day.