Monday, August 6, 2001
LATEST LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES
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10-Harlequin, 10-Ovambo, 11-Artillery, 12-Akbar, 12-Kuster, 14-Cover Up, 14-Mutakarrim, 14-Solo Flight, 14-Tomasino, 16-Elsaamri, 16-Thari, 16-First Ballot, 16-Maniatis, 16-Mediterranean, 20-Ansar, 20-Capal Garmon, 20-Hambleden, 20-Mana D'argent, 20-Order, 20-Reason, 20-Travelmate, 20-Virgin Soldier, 25-Brother Joe, 25-Distinguished Cove, 25-Dominant Duchess, 25-Hirapour, 25-Loop The Loup, 25-Quest For Peace, 25-Rhythmicall, 25-Shayadi, 25-Windsor Boy, 33-Bawsian, 33-Canford, 33-Compton Commander, 33-Court Shareef, 33-Courteous, 33-Cracow, 33-Father Juninho, 33-Fly With Me, 33-Hannibal Lad
Each way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3,4
BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP INFORMATION
WEATHERBYS GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TEAM
Manager: Vinnie Jones
Kevin Darley (Captain)
Kevin Darley is unlikely to forget last season, after his 152 wins made him the first English-born champion jockey since Lester Piggott in 1982.
Born on August 5, 1960 in Tettenhall, Staffordshire, Darley lives in Sheriff Hutton, near York, and married Debby on November 22, 1982. They have two daughters - Lianne and Gemma. He served his apprenticeship with Reg Hollinshead, and his first winner came on Dust Up at Haydock on August 5, 1977. Darley became champion apprentice the following year. His biggest win happened in the 1995 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) on the Lady Herries-trained Celtic Swing, on whom he had also won the previous year's Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, carrying the colours of Peter Savill, to whom he was retained rider at the time.
He also dead-heated with Ya Malak in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997, when he had irons problems while riding Coastal Bluff for David Barron and last season enjoyed further Group One glory in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Pipalong and when beating Giant's Causeway aboard Observatory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. A freelance, he has yet to win a British classic but comes into the Blue Square Shergar Cup in top form after being the leading jockey at Glorious Goodwood last week.
No previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast's yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was his first winner. He moved from Ireland in 1989 to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald's Malton stable until 1991 and spent three years with Lynda Ramsden's yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was the surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the Newmarket classic, the Sagitta 1000 Guineas, on Sleepytime and the Epsom classic, the Vodafone Oaks, on Reams Of Verse.
He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and has been first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute since the 2000 season. The new partnership made an excellent start with the victory of King's Best in last season's Sagitta 2000 Guineas, a classic he won again this year aboard Golan. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204) and 1999 (202). He also won three of the five classics in 1999 - the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic.
His championship ambitions ended at Royal Ascot last year when he suffered a horrific fall requiring shoulder surgery that meant his season was over. He resumed riding in Dubai over the winter. A three-day ban meant that he could not partner runner-up Golan in the 2001 Vodafone Derby but he enjoyed a good Royal Ascot with two wins and you could not find a more determined competitor.
No previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins
Richard Hughes (to be confirmed)
Richard Hughes was born in Ireland on January 11, 1973, and served his apprenticeship with his father Dessie, who trains in County Kildare but is best known as a top-class National Hunt rider who won both the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He had his first ride at Naas on March 19, 1988, when finishing tenth of 15 and recorded his first success on Viking Melody at Roscommon that August.
He came over to Britain in 1994 and within a year he was stable jockey to Mick Channon. He was appointed Prince Khalid Abdulla's retained jockey this season.
The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but concentrates on the Flat. His biggest successes include the 1996 Italian Derby on Bahamian Knight and the 1996 Group One Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat. In 2000 he had over a hundred (102) British winners for the first time.
He gained his first Group One success for Abdulla when Observatory landed the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp in May this year.
He has yet to win a British Group One race but counts many big handicaps among his victories, such as the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last year and three Vodafone Stewards' Cups at Goodwood, and is a very cool rider, often producing his charges with devastating late bursts.
Following a three-month stint in India during the winter, he made the perfect return to Britain when partnering Sergeant York to success in the Winter Derby at Lingfield in March.
No previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins
Easily the most successful jockey currently riding, Pat Eddery was born in Newbridge, Co Galway on March 18, 1952, served his apprenticeship with "Frenchie" Nicholson in Britain between 1967 and 1972 and rode his first winner when Alvaro obliged at Epsom on April 29, 1969.
He was champion apprentice in 1971 and became first jockey to Peter Walwyn at Lambourn in 1972 and rode 100 winners for the first time the following season. Polygamy's victory in the 1974 Oaks brought the Irishman his first classic success and, at the age of 22, he became the youngest champion jockey for 50 years.
Ten more jockeys' titles have followed, equalling Lester Piggott's tally of 11, including the 1996 championship. He was also Irish champion jockey in 1982. After leaving Peter Walwyn in 1980, he was retained by Robert Sangster from 1981 to 1986 and by Prince Khalid Abdulla from 1987 to 1994. He is now freelance.
Eddery has ridden over 4,000 winners and landed virtually every major race in Europe.
His record of three wins in the Vodafone Derby is the best of any current jockey and he has finished runner-up in the Epsom classic five times, including on three of his last six rides, in 1997 losing out by a short-head on Silver Patriarch. He has ridden 72 Royal Ascot winners.
No previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 11 times, most recently in 1999 with 92 successes.
He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and is now retained by Aidan O'Brien. Kinane, who regularly spends his winters riding in Hong Kong, partnered the O'Brien-trained King Of Kings to win the 1998 Sagitta 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, his second consecutive victory in the classic, following Entrepreneur in 1997. He also partnered Tirol for Richard Hannon to take the first colts' classic in 1990.
He has won many of the world's top races, including the Vodafone Derby in 1993 on Commander In Chief and this year on Galileo, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes four times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo). Kinane was aboard Giant's Causeway for four of his five Group One successes last season and pulled off the Vodafone Derby/Vodafone Oaks double in June this year with Galileo and Imagine. He also won his first Irish Derby on July 1 aboard Galileo and captured his fourth King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot at the end of July.
Previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins (4): 1999 Lavery; 2000 Romanylei, Bernstein, Turnberry Isle
Born in Co Meath, Ireland on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. Weight problems forced him to relinquish his position as stable jockey to Oxx, but Murtagh overcame those difficulties and in 1993 finished runner-up in the Irish jockeys' championship.
In 1995, he became Irish champion jockey for the first time and has since gained international prominence, riding in Dubai during the winter (where he has been champion jockey), winning the 1995 Breeders' Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year's Beverly D Stakes on Timarida.
Murtagh was runner-up to Christy Roche in the Irish jockeys' championship in 1997, regained the title in 1998 with 87 victories, although he finished only fourth behind Mick Kinane in 1999 and was second with 66 winners to Pat Smullen's 80 in 2000.
He enjoyed a phenomenal international season last year, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the English and Irish Derbys and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l'Opera on Petrushka and the Breeders' Cup Turf on Kalanisi among others.
He was leading rider at Royal Ascot this year with five successes, including the Group One St James's Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, on whom he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in May.
Previous Blue Square Shergar Cup win (1): 2000 Arctic Owl
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM
Manager: Jeff Thomson
Frankie Dettori (Captain)
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a former multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumanis Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985, and rode his first winner on Lizzie Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994 and 1995, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first-day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996.
His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdis win in the 1998 Sagitta 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic classics at least once, as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 Arc on Lammtarra, the 1996 Japan Cup on Singspiel, the 1999 Breeders Cup Turf on Daylami and last years Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium.
Dettori, who is retained by Godolphin, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket last summer in which the pilot was killed and missed the Royal Ascot and the Diamond Day as a result. He is married to Catherine with two young children.
He is fine form at the moment, having won the two Group One races at Goodwood last week.
Previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins (2): 1999 Mythical Girl, Diktat
Considered by many in Italy to be the new Frankie Dettori, the country's most famous riding talent. Despite his tender age, Demuro, who was born at Marino in Rome on January 11, 1979, has amassed an impressive CV that includes 153 successes in Italy last year when he was champion jockey again.
He was born into the job as the son, nephew and cousin of Italian professional jockeys. Having been granted his apprentice's licence on September 28,1994, attached to the stable of Giuseppe Ilardi, he rode his first winner that November, when still15. He was champion apprentice in 1995 with 80 wins and has been the Italian champion jockey for the last four seasons. He is leading the championship race again this year.
His victory on King Park in November, 1999, at Turin was his 200th of that season and meant that he became the first jockey in Italy to amass a double century since Gianfranco Dettori, Frankie's father, took the last of his 13 titles in 1985.
Last season he rode Group One winners in the Italian Oaks on Timi and the Premio Presidente della Repubblica on Timboroa. Other successes then included Dane Friendly to win the Group Two Premio Ribot in Rome, as well as capturing France's Group Two Prix Robert Papin on Rolly Polly.
He has ridden in Japan during the past two winters with conspicuous success, and also has performed in New York, as well as taking part in last year's Blue Square Shergar Cup. No Previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins:
David Flores (USA)
Born at Tijuana in Mexico on February 5, 1968, David Flores - whose father David was also a jockey - burst onto the international scene on Dubai World Cup evening in March this year when landing a big-race double through Express Tour and Festival Of Light in the US$2-million UAE Derby and the US$1-million Godolphin Mile. Flores described the occasion as "the greatest night of my life."
He partnered his first winner at the local Caliente track on March 5, 1984, and that year set an apprentice record for the course with 61 wins. He moved to California, USA, where is still based, in 1989. The Richard Mandella-trained Siphon has provided Flores with some of his biggest moments including when winning the 1996 Hollywood Gold Cup, the US$1-million Santa Anita Handicap in March, 1997, and finishing second to Singspiel in the Dubai World Cup a month later.
He rode his 2,000th winner on Timber Baron at Santa Anita on October 27, 1999, and won more races than any other rider on the South Californian circuit in 1999.
Flores has ridden a lot for Godolphin in America, including when third on Street Cry in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The link came about because Eoin Harty, Godolphin's US trainer, was previously assistant to Bob Baffert, for whom Flores regularly rides.
He is another jockey in fine form, partnering three winners at California's Del Mar on Saturday.
Blue Square Shergar Cup debut
Gerald Mosse (France)
Born January 3, 1968, Gerald Mosse is the son of a trainer from the south of France and first sat on a horse at the age of three. He won the French apprentices' championship while attached to Patrick Biancone's yard and went on to be retained by Francois Boutin and owner Jean-Luc Lagardere.
He has been retained French rider for the Aga Khan for the past eight years, although the partnership, which has yielded 23 Group One successes, will finish at the end of this season when Mosse goes to Hong Kong to ride on a full-time basis. Mosse is no stranger to the former British colony, having ridden there in 1991 and 1992, attracted over by Patrick Biancone, and has been a regular visitor since.
His first major win came aboard Saumarez in the 1990 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and he has since recorded a string of big-race wins including the French Derby (1994 Celtic Arms, 1996 Ragmar) and also partnered the outstanding juvenile Arazi to five straight victories in France in 1991 before the colt won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile under Pat Valenzuela. He won the valuable Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba in March with Jim And Tonic, on whom his other successes include the 1999 Hong Kong Cup.
His biggest British victories have come at Ascot, when winning the 1999 St James's Palace Stakes on Sendawar and the Coronation Stakes six years earlier on Gold Splash. He also finished second in the 1999 Vodafone Derby on Daliapour.
No Previous Blue Square Shergar Cup wins
Craig Williams (Australia)
Born in Victoria on May 23, 1977, Williams is the latest Australian jockey bidding to follow in the footsteps of such top riders as Bill Williamson, Scobie Breasley and Ron Hutchinson, who established themselves in the top flight worldwide while they were based in Britain.
Williams, whose former jockey father Allan trains near Melbourne, joined Mick Channon's stable in 2000 after riding some 500 winners in his native country, including his first classic on Grand Echezeaux in the Australasian Oaks on April 29, 2000, and partnered his first winner in Britain when Budelli was successful at Lingfield on May 20, 2000.
Though things were slow to get going for him, Williams was in a position to step into the breach when Steve Drowne, who was riding a lot of Channon's horses, broke a leg in a fall at Folkestone last summer, and he ended the 2000 season with 43 winners to his name.
These included all three successes for Tobougg (who has since been taken over by Godolphin), in his maiden race at York, the Dewhurst and the Prix de la Salamandre. He also won the Park Hill Stakes on Miletrian and had his first ride in a British classic on Talaash in the Rothmans Royals St Leger.
This year, in late July, Williams and Channon parted company over a "professional disagreement" and the Australian is now fully freelance.
Blue Square Shergar Cup debut
Norihiro Yokoyama (Japan)
Born in Tokyo on February 23, 1968, Norihiro Yokoyama is one of Japan's leading jockeys with over 1,100 winners to his name from 8,300-plus mounts.
He received a riding licence in 1986 and had his first racecourse outing on March 1 that year, when finishing third at Nakayama, and he partnered his first winner at Tokyo on April 29, 1986.
He is best-known as the pilot of Black Hawk, who was bred in Britain at Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber's Watership Down Stud. The seven-year-old defeated 17 rivals in the Group One Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on June 3 2001, and also beat Agnes World to take the Group One Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in December, 1999.
Other Group One successes include the 1998 Japanese 2,000 Guineas and St Leger on Seiun Sky, 1990 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup on Kyoei Tap, 1991 Takarazuka Kinen on Mejiro Ryan, 1995 Mile Championship on Trot Thunder, on whom he won the following year's Yasuda Kinen, the 1996 Arima Kinen and Tenno Sho (Spring) on Sakura Laurel, 1997 Mile Championship on Taiki Shuttle, 1998 Hanshin San-sai Stakes on Stinger, 1999 NHK Mile Cup on Symboli Indy and last year's Asahihai San-sai Stakes on Mejiro Bailey.
He partnered Annus Mirabilis and Allied Forces for Godolphin in Japanese races three years ago.
Blue Square Shergar Cup debut
VINNIE JONES RETURNS TO MANAGEMENT
Three years after retiring from football management at Queens Park Rangers, Vinnie Jones is to make a startling comeback to the sporting arena - but former rivals of the ex-hitman turned film star can breathe again as Vinnie now has his sights firmly set on lifting the Blue Square Shergar Cup on behalf of the Weatherbys-sponsored Great Britain & Ireland team at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, August 11, 2001.
Vinnie's eventful and sometimes controversial football career started at Wimbledon in 1986 and spells at Leeds, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Wimbledon again and then QPR were to follow. He was born in Watford on January 5, 1965, but qualified to play for Wales through his grandparents' nationality.
In the sometimes-fickle world of football, Vinnie's passion and loyalty to whichever team he was playing for always shone through. He was genuinely committed to every club he represented and he never lost his affection for Wimbledon Football Club where he had started out and was one of the famous crazy gang' who lowered the colours of the mighty Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. Such was his love for the South London club that he never really settled after leaving them in 1989, and it was no surprise that he came back to the fold in 1993 and remained the star attraction there for four years.
Although undeniably skillful and talented on the field, Vinnie got a reputation as one of football's hard men during his playing days. Always a passionate competitor, he was prone to boil over and was sent off 12 times in his career, once after a record-shattering five seconds!
It is said that every cloud has a silver lining, however, and Vinnie's fearsome image helped him to land the staring role in the highly-acclaimed British film Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' while still at QPR. His surprise first foray into acting was met with several raised eyebrows amongst the film critics - not all were convinced such an accomplished sportsman could make the transition to a completely different walk of life, but the consensus of opinion was that his performance was actually very good.
Since then, Vinnie has appeared on radio and television on numerous occasions, including as a presenter of his own chat show. His recent films, 'Gone in 60 Seconds' and 'Snatch', have been well received box office successes while his latest, 'Swordfish', in which he co-stars with John Travolta, is currently playing to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic. Travolta might not have thought there was much threat of Vinnie stealing the limelight from him a few years ago, but he knows different now, so perhaps Henry Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute should start looking over their shoulders!
Commenting on his appointment as GBI team manager, Vinnie said:
"I have never done anything without putting my whole heart behind it and the Blue Square Shergar Cup will be no different. I'm looking forward to leading my team to a glorious victory! I've always loved racing so it's a great thrill for me to be at Ascot for what is going to be a fantastic day."
THOMSON: "THE ASHES ARE ON THE PLANE HOME AND I'M LOOKING FOR A TROPHY TO MATCH"
Australian cricket legend Jeff Thomson was arguably the fastest bowler ever to play the game. His unique slinging' action was a sight that struck fear into his opponents throughout the 1970s and '80s and although the likes of Pakistan's Shoaib Aktar and Australian Brett Lee can claim to have got close since, Thommo's 99.6mph rocket remains unbeaten. In any case, true to form, Thommo maintains to this day that he wasn't trying very hard and could easily have passed the 100mph mark!
"Playing for Australia, especially in the Ashes against England, was a breathtaking experience. While our current team is over here going through the motions of getting that trophy back on the plane home, I'll be doing my bit for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of The World jockeys' team and I'm confident I'll be taking the Blue Square Shergar Cup away too," Thommo said.
Thommo, who was born near Sydney on August 16, 1950, first came together with Dennis Lillee at Brisbane during the 1974/75 Ashes Series and the pairing soon became one of the most feared fast bowling partnerships that the world had ever seen. Between them they took 555 Test wickets and, although Lillee was responsible for 355 of those, it was often Thommo's unorthodox approach that made the headlines.
To the spectator, it seemed that Thommo's run-up was positively pedestrian. The bowler himself once commented that he just: "trotted in and let it go." Perhaps he was just trying to lull the unsuspecting batsmen into a false sense of security before quickening dramatically in the last couple of strides and unleashing his thunderbolt! That's possible, but a more likely explanation is that Thomson was just unique and somehow managed to menace his victims without bowing to the conventional.
But Thommo was a lot more than just a fast bowler. He was a superbly skilled cricketer and showed tremendous versatility to adapt his style to encompass more seam and swing when the consequences of the stress his natural action put on his body began to take its toll. When pure pace failed to be the strongest tool in his armoury, he developed a vicious cutter and never lost the ability to get batsmen diving to avoid a frightening bouncer.
Thommo's 51-Test career began with the 1972/73 series against Pakistan in Melbourne and came to a close against England at Edgbaston in 1985. He knows England well as, in addition to regular tours with Australia, he also played for Middlesex towards the end of his career and last year he coached the touring Zimbabwean bowlers, who were over here for the summer series.
Now retired from the field and a regular on the media circuit for several years, it could well be that Jeff Thomson still has a fair few hidden googlies left to bowl!
BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP RULES
The competition is a jockeys' tournament (six on each side) and as such, horses will represent one of two teams, the Weatherbys Great Britain and Ireland Jockeys (GBI) and Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World Jockeys (ROW). All entrants are eligible to represent either team regardless of ownership and to be ridden by any jockeys participating in the competition.
The six races will be limited to ten runners and two reserves.
Reserves can only be substituted up until 10am, Friday, August 10, 2001.
The top ten in the weights in the four handicaps (including penalties) at the 48-hour declaration stage will run. Provisional ratings, as supplied by the British Horseracing Board(BHB) Handicapper, will determine the selection of horses for the Juvenile with the ten top-rated horses running, with those horses 11th and 12th in the weights acting as reserves. Official or provisional ratings, as supplied by the British Horseracing Board (BHB) Handicapper, will determine the selection of horses for the two Conditions Races, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint and the Ritz Club Shergar Cup Juvenile. The top ten rated horses declared will run in each race, with those in 11th and 12th acting as reserves (debutants in the Juvenile will be selected by means of a random ballot only if there are less than 12 officially or provisionally rated horses declared to run)
Entries must be confirmed by noon on Monday, August 6.
Declaration of intention to run must be made by 10.00 am on Thursday, August 9. The fields and reserves will then be selected, with 24 hours allowed for reserves to replace intended runners if necessary. The final fields will be as at 10.00 am Friday, August 10.
Each jockey will ride in five of the six races, a preliminary draw deciding which race each jockey will sit out. There will then be a separate draw for each of the six races to allocate the rides. The two teams will have their jockeys drawn alternately to ensure an equal spread of top weights and bottom weights for each team. All the draws will take place just after the 48-hour declaration stage
Horses will carry the individual owners' colours, but with a team cap and breeches to distinguish the two teams white for ROW and red for GBI.
Points will be awarded to the first five horses to finish as follows:
Winner: 15 points; second: 10 points; third: 7 points; fourth: 5 points; fifth: 3 points. The team with the most points after all the races have been run will receive the Shergar Cup.
REACTION TO LAST YEAR'S BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP AT ASCOT
"Youngest crowd ever at Ascot"
"Event destined to succeed"
Last Year's Derby-winning jockey, Johnny Murtagh, said:
"It's a quite magnificent day. This must be the youngest crowd ever to be seen at Ascot."
Observer and BBC reporter, Graham Rock, wrote the day after the 2000 event:
"In the sunshine at Ascot this unique occasion blossomed, and while some fine tuning will bring a closer finish, the event is destined to succeed."
Times reporter, Alan Lee, wrote on the Monday following last year's competition:
"Racing has a suspicious, reactionary community that instinctively rejects change. Predictably the Shergar Cup initiative was belittled and beleaguered last week and derided by the hidebound.
"How delicious, then, that the event should triumph over such scepticism on Saturday, drawing a crowd that even exceeded Ascot's ambitions, producing a series of thrilling finishes and, most pertinently, confirming the untapped potential in promoting jockeys as the evangelists of racing among the young."
Frankie Dettori, star rider for the Rest of The World team last year and itching to reprise that role this summer, said:
"I did not have a winner and we were well beaten, but we'll be back!"
Racing Post columnist and leading reporter, David Ashforth, wrote after the 2000 Blue Square Shergar Cup:
"The Shergar Cup is not there yet, but it is getting there. It is a different day, and one that racegoers showed they will respond to.
"The time for knocking the Shergar Cup is over and the time for determining to deal with the problems has arrived. Next year it could be really good."
Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston, wrote in his Horse & Hound column the week following the 2000 Blue Square Shergar Cup:
"The reviews have been magnificent and it certainly seems that the idea of a team competition for racing is, at last, catching the imagination of the media and the racegoers.
"The public were treated to some really thrilling finishes in which my horses kept coming off worst and was given ample opportunity to compare the skills of the world's best jockeys. It looks as though the competition could well grow into one of racing's biggest draws."
Robin Oakley, CNN political editor and racing columnist, wrote:
"Can racing, that most individualist of sports, be turned into a team event? I had doubted so. But with Ascot's crowd up 50 per cent and the youngest I can ever recall seeing at the track you have to call this year's Blue Square Shergar Cup a success."
Newmarket trainer, Luca Cumani, said:
"I think it's a good idea as it creates interest, excitement and colour beyond the normal reaches of racing.
"A UNIQUE DAY'S RACING FEATURING INTERNATIONAL SPORTING STARS"
The Blue Square Shergar Cup is horseracing's only team event in British racing with top-class jockeys from the Weatherbys-sponsored Great Britain & Ireland taking on the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World. Each team will be managed by two very well known sporting personalities - the one and only Vinnie Jones will be looking to inspire the GBI team, while Australian Jeff Thomson, the fastest-ever bowler in Test cricket, will be encouraging his international stars.
The Jockeys -
12 of the world's most successful riders will be taking part including Italian-born Frankie Dettori, who captains the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World (ROW) riders. His team mates are David Flores from the United States, Japanese star Norihiro Yokoyama, Italy's young champion Mirco Demuro, French ace Gerald Mosse and the charismatic Australian Craig Williams. The ROW riders will wear white breeches and caps.
Champion jockey Kevin Darley leads the Weatherbys Great Britain and Ireland (GBI) team comprising Pat Eddery, the most-accomplished present-day rider in Europe, Johnny Murtagh, who rode 12 Group One winners in six different countries last year, three-times champion Kieren Fallon, Irish legend Mick Kinane and Khalid Abdulla's retained jockey Richard Hughes. The GBI jockeys will wear red breeches and caps.
There will be £335,000 in prize money to play for, which will be paid down to 10th place in all six races, and hospitality will be provided for all owners. The trainer amassing the most points will receive a £10,000 prize with the runner-up taking home £5,000. £100 will be given to every lad with a horse competing and every travelling head lad responsible for runners during the day. The winning jockeys' team will receive £30,000, representing £5,000 for each jockey in addition to appearance money.
At 11.30am two of sport's most-popular stars, Vinnie Jones and Jeff Thomson, will be holding a sporting masterclass for children aged under 14. The first 150 to arrive will be able to take part in the football and cricket coaching session. All accompanied children will be admitted free to Blue Square Shergar Cup Day. The sporting masterclass is followed by a jockeys' autograph session at 12.30pm and the opening ceremony at 1pm.
Morcheeba will headline the finale concert on Blue Square Shergar Cup day. It is one of only four UK dates this year for the renowned band, who are best known for their Top Ten albums "Big Calm" and "Fragments of Freedom." Support comes from the Dynamite Brothers, who begin at 4.50pm.
Members Enclosure £20
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure £15
Silver Ring £6
FREE admission to all Enclosures for all accompanied children aged 16 or under. For advance booking or more information, call 01344 876876 or visit www.ascot.co.uk
BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP
11am Gates Open
11.30am Sporting masterclass for children with Vinnie Jones and Jeff Thomson
12pm The Day Ahead - a preview from the winner's enclosure of the afternoon's action
12.30pm Jockeys' autograph session
1.00pm Opening Ceremony
1.30pm The ILPH Shergar Cup Mile 4+ £45,000 One mile (Class B) rated 0-100
2.05pm The Ritz Club Shergar Cup Juvenile 2 £45,000 Seven furlongs (Class B)
2.40pm The Ritz Club Shergar Cup Distaff 3+ fillies and mares £50,000 Six furlongs
(Class B) rated 0-105
3.15pm The Millennium and Copthorne Shergar Cup Stayers 4+ £50,000 Two miles
(Class B) rated 0-100
3.50pm The Carvill Shergar Cup Challenge 4+ £45,000 One mile about four furlongs
(Class B) rated 0-100
4.25pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint 3 £100,000 Six furlongs (Class B)
Last race is followed by Closing Ceremony
4.30pm Presentations to winning jockeys, leading jockey and trainer of the day.
4.50pm Dynamite Brothers - support band
5.45pm Morcheeba live in concert
7.15pm Concert ends (bars close at 7pm)
RACE PROGRAMME ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2001
TV 2.15pm The Mail On Sunday Mile (Handicap) (Qualifier) (Class C) 3 + £12,000 One mile
TV 2.45 pm The Andrex With Aloe Stakes (Handicap) (Class C) 3 + £12,000 One mile and a quarter
TV 3.15 pm The Amtico European Breeders' Fund Valiant Stakes (Listed race) (Class A) 3 + fillies £30,000 Old mile
3.50 pm The Supradyn Recharge Stakes (Class D) 3 +£8,000 Five furlongs
4.25 pm The Full Monty Memorial Maiden Fillies Stakes (Class D) 2 fillies £8,000 Six Furlongs
REDCAR'S FAMILY WEEKEND OF RACING
A full weekend of racing, combined with a comprehensive entertainment programme for the whole family, is on offer at Redcar this Saturday and Sunday (11 & 12 August).
On Sunday - 'The Northern Echo Family Funday' - the gates open at 11.00 a.m. and a plethora of attractions in the Course Enclosure includes the TFM Roadshow (presented by Greg Upwards between 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.), Funfair, performances by The National Festival Circus, Punch & Judy Shows, bouncy castle, clown, face painting, ball pool, roaming entertainer. There is also a playground and creche facility, while the Carlsberg-Tetley dray horses will be in attendance on both Saturday and Sunday.
A Family Ticket can be purchased before racing on Sunday for only £4.50 into the Course Enclosure (two adults and accompanying children) - Tel. (01642) 484068. On Sunday, there will be a nominal entry fee for children of £1.
Racing on Sunday begins at 2.35 p.m., with The TFM Roadshow Is Here Today Median Auction Maiden Stakes (nine furlongs). The feature races are The Tote Credit Club Nursery Handicap Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs, The Northern Echo Handicap Stakes (seven furlongs) and The Clarion Handicap Stakes (straight mile).
Racegoers will have the opportunity of winning £100 in Tote betting vouchers in a special racecard competition run in conjunction with the Northern Echo and the Tote.
Saturday's action starts at 2.30 p.m., with the highlights being The Albert Humphreys Handicap Stakes for three-year-olds over one mile, three furlongs (one of four races sponsored at Redcar this year by Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd.), The Shepherd Construction Maiden Handicap Stakes (one mile and a quarter) and The Mary Reveley Racing Club Claiming Stakes (one mile and threequarters). Members of the Mary Reveley Racing Club will be out in force over both days and are likely to be represented in 'their' race by Radanpour.
There's also a variety of family attractions in the Course Enclosure on Saturday, including the playground, while Irish and Jazz bands will entertain racegoers on both days. Racecards on both Saturday and Sunday will be interleaved to contain full details of the runners from the weekend meeting at Ascot.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink