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Victory for Mosse and Team Europe in the DDF Shergar Cup

Victorious Team Europe with the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Trophy.

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup has flourished with support of the world renowned airport retailer who has been associated with the event since its first running at Ascot Racecourse in 2000.

The premier international jockeys’ challenge brings together twelve top riders, male and female, from the world’s top racing nations to fight out six races from five furlongs to two miles on Britain’s premier racecourse in four teams representing Great Britain & Ireland, Rest of the World, Europe and the world’s top female riders.

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August 12, 2013 9:20 by



The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup has flourished with support of the world renowned airport retailer who has been associated with the event since its first running at Ascot Racecourse in 2000.

The premier international jockeys’ challenge brings together twelve top riders, male and female, from the world’s top racing nations to fight out six races from five furlongs to two miles on Britain’s premier racecourse in four teams representing Great Britain & Ireland, Rest of the World, Europe and the world’s top female riders.

Gary Stevens, legendary Hall of Fame jockey from America, paid his first visit to the UK since 1999 having retired in the meantime but no longer able to resist the lure of the saddle. Gary, at 50, was the oldest jockey competing; James Doyle, 25, is half Stevens’ age, and he was favourite to land the cherished trophy for the leading rider, the Silver Saddle.

That position looked justified when Doyle, who rode three winners on one day at the Royal Meeting, brought home Nine Realms in the first race for team Great Britain and Ireland. Nine Realms has had had lots of problems – which made victory all the more satisfying for trainer William Haggas – a  great supporter of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.

Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon has had his share of career troubles too but he gave Homeric a peach of a ride to snatch the longest race of the day – the Redcentric Shergar Cup Stayers’ Handicap.  This was Homeric’s fourth successive race at Ascot – his next though may be at Newmarket for the big staying handicap, the Cesarewitch.

The result meant the first two races had gone to the ‘home team’ and appeared to put them in a commanding position.

The international flavour of the meeting came alive when Joao Moreira, a Brazilian who rides in Singapore, drove home the winner of the third, the Shergar Cup Dash, aboard Godolphin’s Ahtoug.

Moreira was runner-up in the first race and his delight was joy uncontained flourishing his whip to the appreciative crowd; though it was to strange to see him wearing the yellow silks of Rest of the World rather than Ahtoug’s customary Godolphin blue.

Mark Johnston’s joy after saddling the first three homes in the Classic was evident.  Johnston in fact had five representatives in the race; all owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. “I am here for the money,” said Johnston renowned for letting his horses do the talking. And in the next, the Pagegroup Shergar Cup Challenge, it was Johnston again – this time though only first and second with Star Lahib and Sadler’s Risk.

But with Icebuster finishing third this was a coup for Europe who jumped into an unassailable lead for the prestigious team prize. Johnston’s smile expanded though it was matched by Gerald Mosse on the winner: it meant that while he had to sit out the last, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint, only James Doyle had a chance of overtaking him as Silver Saddle leader.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free accompanied by President George Horan, Sinead El Sibai Vice President of Marketing and Nic Bruwer Vice President of Human Resources presented all the winners with their trophy.

Colm McLoughlin said, “Our association with this unique event goes back to 2000, and we are thrilled that it continues to bring top international riders together to compete on one of the world’s greatest stages. This is indeed one of the most successful races in Ascot’s racing calendar with a huge support from the owners and trainers, and once again the attendance figure reflects the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup’s appeal as a great sporting and social occasion.”

There was never a danger of that because the Americans dominated the finish of the Dubai Duty Free Sprint: Gary Stevens and Rosie Napravnik, the leading USA female rider, were separated by a head in the photo finish – a fairy-tale ending for the veteran Stevens on Annunciation for champion trainer Richard Hannon, and a fitting finale to the day’s proceedings.

Mosse received his second Silver Saddle (the first in 2008) a massive twelve points ahead of compatriot Ioritz Mendizabal, and was also presented with the Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day Award by Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman, Colm McLoughlin for his victory aboard Blue Skies in the Shergar Cup Classic.



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