ALL THE NEWS AHEAD OF THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP
DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP - DRAW 2007 WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE LANGHAM HOTEL, LONDON ON THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9
ASCOT, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2007
Horses selected by:
EUR: Jason Weaver (At The Races)
GBR: Kieran Packman (Timeform)
IRE: Angus Loughran (BBC TV)
ROW: James Willoughby (Racing Post)
TOP JOCKEY PRICE
ANDREAS SUBORICS 9/2
JIMMY FORTUNE 5/1
FRANKIE DETTORI 11/2
KEVIN MANNING 6/1
KEVIN DARLEY 8/1
DECLAN MCDONOGH 8/1
HUGH BOWMAN 10/1
YUTAKA TAKE 12/1
MARTIN DWYER 16/1
DARREN BEADMAN 20/1
HAYLEY TURNER 20/1
FREDRICK JOHANSSON 25/1
WINNING TEAM PRICE
HIGHEST SCORING CAPTAIN PRICE
JIMMY FORTUNE 5/4
FRANKIE DETTORI 6/4
HUGH BOWMAN 6/1
MARTIN DWYER 7/1
POINTS ARE AWARDED ON A 15-10-7-5-3 BASIS
COMMENTS FROM SELECTORS, JOCKEYS & TRAINERS
Angus Loughran said: "I think Europe will make a good start with Coasting in the Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile, the only short-priced favourite we are likely to see all day, but it looks like it is competitive after that and it should go right to the wire.
"I am hopeful Ireland are going to win but Europe look over-priced at 2/1. I think Ireland will have to be in front before the last race where they are a bit weak. What a year Jimmy Fortune has had, being top jockey at Royal Ascot. He is 5/1 to be the winner of the Silver Saddle and I think I will stick with him as he has a good book of mounts."
Jason Weaver commented: "The new format (four teams rather than two) will make the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup much more competitive. In some of the previous years, we have got to the third race and we basically knew which team was going to win, whereas this time around I think it will be competitive until the end."
Kieran Packman commented: "I don’t think the Great Britain team has been done too many favours by the Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile but I am pleased with what has happened in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Distaff.
"Dark Missile was my first pick obviously but I am really keen on China Cherub and I am delighted to get my first two choices there. I think the last three races are very open. Colloquial (in the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers) is probably the pick of the rest."
James Willoughby declared: "I personally felt the draw fell horribly for me. I had three or four competing for my selection in every race. In the Distaff, the first two picks were very valuable - I priced every race up - and they stand out so having the third pick is not more useful than having
the fifth pick.
"In the other races, I thought Angus did very well, particularly to get Golden Quest (Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers) and Dunaskin (Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge).
"I agree that Europe has the day’s ‘good thing’ in Coasting but it doesn’t always work out like that as we know. Our job was to make the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup close."
Martin Dwyer, captain of the Great Britain team, said: "I am looking forward to Saturday. I think we have a good team and I expect to be winning. It is a mixture of experience and beauty and we have got Hayley (Turner) as well! I am privileged to be asked to taking part.
"It going to be competitive with the new format this year and there are some great jockeys from all over the world. "
Hugh Bowman, captain of the Rest of the World team, commented: "I was surprised to be asked to be part of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and I am really looking forward to it.
"Ascot is by far the best racetrack I have ridden on and it is a privilege to be riding there again on Saturday. I could not believe I had two winners from three rides on my first visit there earlier this year (Victoria Cup day - May 12). I took it as I found it. I don’t think I can give Darren much advice but he will certainly bring some youth and excitement to the team!"
Darren Beadman, part of the Rest of the World team, remarked: "It is going to be a grand day. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call-up to come over here to represent the Rest of the World.
"I rode in France for nine months in 1985 but never got the opportunity to ride in England. Back in Australia we get a lot of coverage of English racing on the Sky channel which is getting a huge following. That gave me a good feeling about coming over for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.
"In the jockeys’ room, there are always pranks going on and jokes but on the track it is down to business. I think the guys will treat it as a lot of fun, but also be very competitive and try and do the best for their teams."
Trainer Andrew Balding, who has a runner in five of the six Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup races, commented: "Dear old Pentecost has won two Shergar Cups and he was a little bit unlucky last year when they went no gallop. I think there are a couple of front-runners in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile so they should go a good pace and he is not without a chance.
"Dark Missile has to face different conditions than when she won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. She has top-weight on fast ground and has to give weight away to decent fillies. She will be there or thereabouts but I wouldn’t be overconfident.
"Loch Verdi in the same race, if she stays the six furlongs, is to my mind is a better handicapped filly than Dark Missile.
"Dream Eater (Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile) will have a great chance of finishing second or third to Coasting and Siren’s Gift has a good chance in the Porthault Shergar Cup Sprint while Corriolanus is 25/1 for the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge but he finished not far behind Quijano in Dubai this winter and just behind Collier Hill the year before. He is a good horse and 25/1 is a silly price."
Ollie Cole, son of trainer Paul Cole, said about Strategic Mount, the favourite for the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge: "He has improved a lot this year and he pulled the other day over a mile and six furlongs. He was a bit racefresh and is by Montjeu whose progeny are a bit gassy. But I think he has a hell of a chance as he has shown a lot of speed at home. He has worked against High Heel Sneakers and has improved definitely this year and is going for the Melbourne Cup. I think he is a serious contender and will be a bit disappointed is he is not there or thereabouts on Saturday."
Gary Moore, the trainer of Waterside in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile, commented: "I am hopeful but the ground may be a bit fast - he likes to dig his toes in. Any rain will be helpful."
Philip Mitchell, responsible for Cape Of Luck in the Sodexho Prestige Shergar Cup Mile, said: "He has been aimed at this race all year. He had a run at Ascot a month ago when the ground was a bit soft but he is a in very good heart and I have glad he is ridden by Fredrik Johansson who would have been my first pick jockey."
James Stafford, who manages Thurloe Thoroughbreds, spoke about Kerrimuir Lass who runs in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge: "She must have a bit of a chance. A 10-runner race is a major help as she doesn’t want a big field. If Declan (McDonagh) can get her relaxed and settled, I think she will have a serious chance."
1.10pm BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE
Class 2, Nursery Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, 7f. Highest weight 9st 7lb; lowest weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after July 21, a winner 6lb.
Picked prior to draw due to weight considerations Ladbrokes prices on the
1) 32463 DREAM EATER (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 2-9-07  Jimmy Fortune
2) 110 BURNWYND BOY (Robert Reid) Ian Semple 2-9-04  Hugh Bowman ROW1
3) 3101 COASTING (Sir John Ritblat, David & Jennifer Sieff) Amanda Perrett
2-9-01 (inc 6lb Ex)  Andreas Suborics EUR1 11/10