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Saturday, August 9, 2008


ALL THE NEWS FROM TODAY’S DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP - COURTESY OF ASCOT RACECOURSE

* TEAM EUROPE ARE VICTORIOUS

* GERALD MOSSE WINS THE SILVER SADDLE

* RECORD CROWD

* DUBAI DUTY FREE EXTEND SPONSORSHIP


FIRST RACE RESULT
1.10pm THE BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP DASH
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For three-year-olds & upwards Rated 86 - 105 (also open to horses rated 85 & below), five furlongs. Lowest Weight: 4yo+ 8st 9lb; 3yo 8st 6lb. Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 STRIKE UP THE BAND (Barker, Moser, Nicholls, Power & Short) David Nicholls 5-9-03 Yutaka Take ROW [7] 3/1JF
(15 points)
2 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) (Hintlesham Racing) Bryan Smart 4-9-05 Halis Karatas EUR [10] 8/1 (10 points)
3 EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) (Catherine O’Flynn)Kevin Ryan 4-9-06 Frankie Dettori GB [4] 14/1 (7 points)
4 DARK MISSILE (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 5-9-07 Kevin Manning IRE [9] 3/1JF (5 points)
5 CRIMSON FERN (IRE) (Malcolm Saunders) Malcolm Saunders 4-9-03 Hayley Turner GB [5] (3 points)
6 MAC GILLE EOIN (MCSD Racing Partnership) John Gallagher 4-9-08 Russell Baze ROW [8]
7 NEW FREEDOM (BRZ) (Saif Ali) David Lanigan 7-9-09 Seb Sanders GB [3]
8 THE TRADER (IRE) (C Ward) Michael Blanshard 10 9-04 Jorge Ricardo ROW [2]
9 STONEACRE LAD (IRE) (Richard Teatum)Peter Grayson 5-9-09 Mirco Demuro EUR[6]
REF BENTONG (IRE) (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah)Paul Cole 5-9-09 Jamie Spencer IRE [1]
10 ran
Time: 1m 01.19s
Distances: 1 1/4, 3/4, hd, hd, 1/2, 6, 2, 5
Breeder: A Rawding & P Crane
Breeding: b g Cryrano De Bergerac - Green Supreme (Primo Dominie)
Totes: Win: £3.90 Places: £1.60; £2.80; £3.00 Exacta:£37.80

Points after First Race: ROW 15, EUR 10, GB 10, IRE 5

Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Y Take 15; H Karatas 10; L Dettori 7; K Manning 5; H Turner 3.


Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children. Son Adrian rides for the stable Major wins: Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 & 2004 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak (dh with Coastal Bluff), 2004 Bahamian Pirate), Phoenix Sprint Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Prix du Gros-Chene (2006 Moss Vale), Sporting Index Starlit Stakes (2006 Tax Free), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer, 2005 Gift Horse), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), William Hill Trophy (1999 Pepperdine, 2005 Tax Free), Greenland Stakes (2006 Moss Vale), Stan James Palace House Stakes (2007 Tax Free) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2008 Regal Parade) Horses in training (1996-2008): 37; 45; 45; 46; 58; 78; 74; 82; 82; 84; 94; 70; 92; Wins in a season (1993-2007): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50: 75: 73: 47: 65: 65: 55: 67:59; 58; Wins in 2008: 51

Winning Jockey:-Name: Take, Yutaka Born: March 15, 1969 in Kyoto Background: son of legendary Japanese jockey Kunihito Take, he has achieved cult status himself in his native land. Based in the US through the 2000 season, and with John Hammond in France in 2001. Established a Japan Racing Association record of riding six Group 1 wins in a season when partnering Kane Hekili to victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Dirt. JRA Grand Prize winner for four consecutive years (1998-2001). First Ride: March 1, 1987 First Win: Dyna Bishop (March 7, 1987 Hanshin) Champion Apprentice: 1987 69 wins Champion Japanese Jockey: 14 times (1989-90, 1992-2000, 2002-2005) Other Achievements: the first jockey to ride a Japanese-trained horse to victory in a European Group One race (Seeking The Pearl, 1998 Prix Maurice de Gheest, Deauville); the first jockey to ride 8 winners in a day in Japan (December 2002) Big Race Wins Include: Arima Kinen (1990 Oguri Cap); Darley July Cup (2000 Agnes World); Dubai Sheema Classic (2001 Stay Gold); Falmouth Stakes (2001 Proudwings); February Stakes (2003 Gold Allure, 2006 Kane Hekili, 2008 Vermilion); Hanshin Daishoten (2006 Deep Impact); Honk Kong International Vase (2001 Stay Gold); Japan Cup (1999 Special Week); Japan Cup Dirt (2001 Kurofune, 2004 Time Paradox, 2005 Kane Hekili); Kikuka Sho (2005 Deep Impact); Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1994 Ski Paradise); Prix de l’Abbaye (1999 Agnes World, 2001 Imperial Beauty); Sprinters Stakes (1990 Bamboo Memory, 2002 Believe); Prix de Meautry (2002 Crystal Castle); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1998 Seeking The Pearl); Queen Elizabeth Cup (2001 To The Victory); Satsuki Sho (2005 Deep Impact); Seneca Stakes (1991 El Senor); Tenno Sho Spring (2006 Deep Impact); Takarazuka Kinen (2006 Deep Impact); Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (1998 Special Week, 1999 Admire Vega, 2002 Tanino Gimlet, 2005 Deep Impact); NHK Mile Cup (2001 Kurofune, 2006 Logic); Yasuda Kinen (1990 Oguri Cap, 1995 Heart Lake) Wins in Japan (1990-2005): 116; n/a; 130; 137; 134; 134; 159; 168; 169; 178; 130; n/a; 133; 204; 211; 212; 178; 156; Wins in Britain (2001-2007): 2; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 1; Wins in Britain in 2008: 1 First winner at Ascot: Leg Spinner, Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers’, August 11, 2007

TAKE TAKES OPENER

The Rest Of The World Team took an early lead in the 2008 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup when Japanese superstar Yutaka Take partnered Strike Up The Band to take the opening Barclays Shergar Cup Dash.


“The horse had been second twice so were hopeful of a good run,” said Take. “In the last 100 metres I thought there was more to come even though I heard other horses coming.”

Winning trainer David Nicholls, speaking by telephone from Haydock, added: “He (Take) pointed the horse in the right direction and fair play to him - he gave the horse a great ride.


“He’d been coming up against some decent horses on his last couple of runs so he deserved this win.”

GOOD START FOR KARATAS

European rider Halis Karatas got his team off to a good start, claiming 10 points for his team when taking second in the opening Barclays Shergar Cup Dash Handicap on the Bryan Smart-trained Fathom Five.


“I tried to pull him out all of the way down then because it was quite tactical as well, I tried to tuck in behind them. In the last furlong, I tried to push him out but he didn’t start very well so I couldn’t get closer than second,” explained the Turkish rider.


“Despite the rain, the track rode well and is nice. I’m happy with my first ride at Ascot and hopefully I can get a winner later.”

GROUND

Meanwhile, Great Britian’s team captain Hayley Turner, who finished fifth on Crimson Fern, said: “The ground is good to soft today.”

Kevin Manning, a member of the Irish team who finished fourth on Dark Missile, said: “The ground is riding on the slow side out there.”

NON-RUNNER RACE FOUR - RESERVE COMES IN

Akarem is a non-runner in race four, the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers (2.55pm).


The horse’s place will be taken by the second reserve GRAND CAIMAN for the Europe team, with Mirco Demuro taking the ride.


SECOND RACE RESULT
1.45pm THE TITANIC QUARTER SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For three-year-olds & upwards, fillies & mares, Rated 81 - 100 (also open to horses rated 80 & below), seven furlongs. Lowest Weight: 8st 9lb. Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 NANS JOY (IRE) (Frank Cosgrove) Eoghan O'Neill 4-10-00 Yutaka Take ROW [6] 7/1 (15 points)
2 CHANTILLY TIFFANY (Ballygallon Stud Limited) Ed Dunlop 4-9-09 Gerald Mosse EUR [10] 13/2 (10 points)
3 FROISSEE (T Foreman) Simon Callaghan 4-9-01 Richard Hughes IRE [2] 11/2 (7 points)
4 SUMMER GOLD (IRE) (J Stephenson) Eric Alston 4-9-01 Seb Sanders GB [8] 9/2F (5 points)
5 VITAL STATISTICS (Setsquare Recruitment) David Elsworth 4-9-04 Frankie Dettori GB [2] (3 points)
6 IVORY LACE (Sally Woodman, J Lenaghan, D Mortimer) Steve Woodman 7-8-13 Halis Karatas EUR [4]
7 STEAM CUISINE (Burns Farm Racing) Mick Quinlan 4-9-11 Jorge Ricardo ROW [3]
8 CARCINETTO (IRE) (Sally Edwards) David Evans 6 9-06 Mirco Demuro EUR [9]
9 DRESSED TO DANCE (IRE) (Premier Cru Racing) David Evans 4-9-06 Kevin Manning IRE [1]
10 SAKHEE'S SONG (IRE) (D Mac A’bhaird & Dr O Bunting) David Elsworth 4-9-12 Hayley Turner GB [7]

10ran
Time: 1m 29.12s
Distances:1 1/2, 1, 1, sh, 1 1/2, hd,8, 1 1/4, 3/4
Breeder: Brid Cosrove
Breeding: b f In The Wings - True Joy (IRE) (Zilzal (USA))
Totes: Win: £8.30 Places: £2.20; £3.10; £1.90 Exacta: £105.90

Points after Second Race: ROW 30, EUR 20, GB 18, IRE 12

Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Y Take 30; H Karatas 10; L Dettori 10; G Mosse 10; R Hughes 7; K Manning 5; S Sanders 5; H Turner 3.


Winning trainer:-Name: O’Neill, Eoghan Born: January 17, 1971 Based: Averham Park, Nottinghamshire Date of First Trainer’s Licence: December 1999 Background: Formerly licensed trainer at owner John Fretwell’s Averham Park training complex until the pair fell out at the start of the 2008 season, with Fretwell citing the split as “a private affair”. Big Races Won: Champagne Stakes (2005 Silent Times, 2006 Vital Equine); C. L. Weld Park Stakes (2001 Red Rioja); Firth Of Clyde Stakes (2006 Princess Iris); Preis Der WGZ Dusseldorf (2000 Yorba Linda); Richmond Stakes (2005 Always Hopeful) First Winner: Billy Bathwick (Cat, Egremont Median Auction Maiden Stakes, Carlisle, June 29, 2000)First Winner for John Fretwell: Memphis Man (Royal Bank Of Scotland Median Auction Maiden Stakes, Musselburgh, April 29, 2005) Wins (2005-2007): 33; 25; 24; Wins in 2008: 18

Winning Jockey:-Name: Take, Yutaka Born: March 15, 1969 in Kyoto Background: son of legendary Japanese jockey Kunihito Take, he has achieved cult status himself in his native land. Based in the US through the 2000 season, and with John Hammond in France in 2001. Established a Japan Racing Association record of riding six Group 1 wins in a season when partnering Kane Hekili to victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Dirt. JRA Grand Prize winner for four consecutive years (1998-2001). First Ride: March 1, 1987 First Win: Dyna Bishop (March 7, 1987 Hanshin) Champion Apprentice: 1987 69 wins Champion Japanese Jockey: 14 times (1989-90, 1992-2000, 2002-2005) Other Achievements: the first jockey to ride a Japanese-trained horse to victory in a European Group One race (Seeking The Pearl, 1998 Prix Maurice de Gheest, Deauville); the first jockey to ride 8 winners in a day in Japan (December 2002) Big Race Wins Include: Arima Kinen (1990 Oguri Cap); Darley July Cup (2000 Agnes World); Dubai Sheema Classic (2001 Stay Gold); Falmouth Stakes (2001 Proudwings); February Stakes (2003 Gold Allure, 2006 Kane Hekili, 2008 Vermilion); Hanshin Daishoten (2006 Deep Impact); Honk Kong International Vase (2001 Stay Gold); Japan Cup (1999 Special Week); Japan Cup Dirt (2001 Kurofune, 2004 Time Paradox, 2005 Kane Hekili); Kikuka Sho (2005 Deep Impact); Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1994 Ski Paradise); Prix de l’Abbaye (1999 Agnes World, 2001 Imperial Beauty); Sprinters Stakes (1990 Bamboo Memory, 2002 Believe); Prix de Meautry (2002 Crystal Castle); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1998 Seeking The Pearl); Queen Elizabeth Cup (2001 To The Victory); Satsuki Sho (2005 Deep Impact); Seneca Stakes (1991 El Senor); Tenno Sho Spring (2006 Deep Impact); Takarazuka Kinen (2006 Deep Impact); Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (1998 Special Week, 1999 Admire Vega, 2002 Tanino Gimlet, 2005 Deep Impact); NHK Mile Cup (2001 Kurofune, 2006 Logic); Yasuda Kinen (1990 Oguri Cap, 1995 Heart Lake) Wins in Japan (1990-2005): 116; n/a; 130; 137; 134; 134; 159; 168; 169; 178; 130; n/a; 133; 204; 211; 212; 178; 156; Wins in Britain (2001-2007): 2; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 1; Wins in Britain in 2008: 2 First winner at Ascot: Leg Spinner, Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers’, August 11, 2007

31/1 DOUBLE FOR TAKE

Yutaka Take, captain off the Rest of the World team, notched up a quick 31/1 double in the second race of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup to increase his lead in the Silver Saddle standings.


Teaming up with the Eoghan O’Neill-trained Nans Joy (7/1) in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Distaff, Take settled the daughter of In The Wings towards the rear of the field and began to make easy headway with more than two furlongs left to race. Hitting the front inside the final furlong, Nans Joy came home an easy length and a half in front of Chantilly Tiffany.

“It’s great to get off to a good start with two winners for my team. I’ve been very lucky - she’s a good horse and made my job very easy,” said Take.


O’Neill, who first met Yutaka in Saratoga 18 years ago, said: “Yutaka is a world class jockey - he’s got great hands and that’s what she needs. I was hoping to get either him or Richard Hughes, so I was delighted when I got Yutaka.


“He’s dynamite. I’ve watched him over the years and he’s got great hands and settled her lovely. She finished her race well. He came wide, probably not the plan, but he said that they just went very fast and he did the right thing.


“She is a Listed winner and she ran at Goodwood last Friday where she came back in season. I was disappointed with her run there but she was in season on Sunday morning and she’s come out of it grand. The vet checked her over and she was absolutely 100 percent so we decided to give it a shot.


“It’s soft ground out there and the more rain we had the better for her. She’s better on soft ground.”

MOSSE - “TAKE IS ON FIRE”

Europe’s team captain Gerald Mosse admitted his Rest of The World counterpart Yutaka Take was proving a daunting rival after finishing second to the Japanese rider in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Distaff.


Mosse, on board Chantilly Tiffany, finished a length and a half behind Nans Joy who completed a double for Take in the first two races.


“Yutaka Take is on fire!” said Mosse. “My filly ran a lovely race, she was coming through easily but couldn’t quite get to the one in front in the last 100 metres.”

FOUR DAYS FOR BAZE

American rider Russell Baze was suspended for four days for using his whip with excessive frequency in the opening Barclays Shergar Cup Dash aboard his mount Mac Gille Eoin.


The ban takes place from August 25 to 28.


GOING CHANGE

Following the running of race two, the going is now:

GOOD TO SOFT (from good)

THIRD RACE RESULT
2.20pm PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP SPRINT
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For three-year-olds only, Rated 81 - 100 (also open to horses rated 80 & below), six furlongs. Lowest Weight: 8st 9lb. Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 SHIFTING STAR (IRE) (Night Shadow Syndicate) Walter Swinburn 3-9-06 Gerald Mosse EUR [6] 7/2F (15 points)
2 AL MUHEER (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-12 Russell Baze ROW [8] 14/1 (10 points)
3 KALDOUN KINGDOM (IRE) (P D Smith Holdngs Ltd) Richard Fahey 3-9-05 Seb Sanders GB [2] 6/1 (7 points)
4 SPANISH BOUNTY (The Fairleigh Court Racing Partnership) Jonny Portman 3-9-10 Halis Karatas EUR [7] (5 points)
5 SPITFIRE (The Spitfire Partnership) John Jenkins 3-9-12 Frankie Dettori GB [1] (3 points)
6 LITTLE PETE (IRE) (Friends Of Saunton Sands) Andrew Balding 3-9-06 Jamie Spencer IRE [9]
7 SUDDEN IMPACT (IRE) (Terry Cummins) Paul Green 3-9-06 Yutaka Take ROW [5] 8 BERBICE (IRE) (Jim McCarthy) Richard Hannon 3-9-06 Richard Hughes IRE [4]
9 CARLETON (The Square Table) Willie Musson 3 9-03 Kevin Manning IRE [10]

Points after Third Race: EUR 44, ROW 40, GB 28, IRE 12
Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Y Take 30; G Mosse 25; H Karatas 15; L Dettori 13; S Sanders 12; R Baze 10; R Hughes 7; K Manning 5; Mirco Demuro 4; H Turner 3.


10 ran
Non-runner: 9 Edge Of Light (withdrawn at start - Europe team receive 4 points)
Time: 1m 15.39s
Distances: 1 1/4, 1, nk, 2, 3/4, 3 1/2, 5, 5
Breeder: Hardys Of Kilkeel Ltd
Breeding: ch g Night Shift (USA) - Ahshado (Bin Ajwad (IRE))
Totes: Win: £4.60 Places: £1.70; £4.90; £2.20 Exacta: £66.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Swinburn, Walter Based: Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury, Tring, Herts Born: 7/8/61 in Oxford Jockey Apprenticeship: With Frenchie Nicholson and Reg Hollinshead. First winner as a rider: Paddy’s Luck (Kempton, July 12, 1978) Classic wins as a jockey: (8) Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 1995 Lammtarra); Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 1992 Hatoof, 1993 Sayyedati); Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1988 Doyoun); Vodafone Oaks (1987 Unite - 1989 Aliysa won but was disqualified) First Winner as a Trainer at Newmarket: Serre Chevalier, T & V Tipsters Handicap, May 25, 2005; Big Race Wins as a Trainer: 47th John Smith’s Cup (2006 Fairmile); John Smith’s Stakes (2006 Pinpoint) Select Racing On Sky 432 Stakes (2007 Stotsfold), Betfred Silver Bowl (2008 Staying On) First Goodwood Winner: Serre Chevalier, Carnes Seat Stakes, August 27, 2005 Goodwood Wins: 2 (none at Festival meeting) Number of horses in training (2005-2008): 113; 109; 119; 115; Wins in 2004-2007: 5; 43; 37; 26; Wins in 2008: 25

Winning jockey:-Name: Mosse, Gerald Date of birth: 3/1/67 Background: Former champion apprentice in France (with Patrick Biancone), Gerald has ridden over 40 Group One winners in Europe, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Saumarez in 1990 and all three French Classics. Has spent 15 seasons (up to 2007/08) riding in Hong Kong, and has been successful over 450 times, including thee Hong Kong Derbies. Major wins include: Coronation Stakes (1993 Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (1999 Sendawar), Prix du Jockey-Club (1994 Celtic Arms, 1996 Ragmar), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1990 Saumarez), Prix de Diane (1988 Resless Kara, 1993 Shemaka, 1997 Vereva, 1999 Daryaba); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1999 Sendawar, 1997 Daylami, 1996 Ashkalani); Prix Vermeille (1994 Sierra Madre, 1999 Daryaba); Prix Lupin (1994 Celtic Arms); Prix Ganay (1996 Valanour, 1999 Dark Moondancer); Prix du Moulin (1991 Priolo, 1996 Ashkalani, 1999 Sendawar); Prix Jean Prat (1990 Priolo; 2000 Suances); Grand Prix de Paris (1995 Valanour); Prix Morny (1988 Tersa, 1991 Arazi, 1997 Charges d’Affaires, 2000 Bad As I Wanna Be); Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1989 Intimiste); Prix Marcel Boussac (1992 Gold Splash, 1993 Sierra Madre); Prix Robert Papin (1991 Arazi); Prix de la Salamandre (1991 Arazi); Prix du Moulin (1991 Priolo); Prix du Cadran (1999 Tajoun), Prix Royal Oak (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Tiraaz), Hong Kong Cup (1999 Jim And Tonic), Prix d’Ispahan (2000 Sendawar), Nunthorpe Stakes (2000 Nuclear Debate), Prix Maurice de Gheest (1989 Cricket Ball, 1994 Dolphin Street, 2002 May Ball) Hong Kong Sprint (2002 All Thrills Too, 2007 Sacred Kingdom). Royal Ascot Wins (3): Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1999, Sendawar), King’s Stand Stakes (June 20, 2000, Nuclear Debate) First Royal Ascot wins: Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash) Wins in Britain in 2008: 1

MOSSE SCORES FOR OLD FRIEND SWINBURN

Former weighing-room colleagues Gerald Mosse and Walter Swinburn teamed up to take the Porthault Shergar Cup Sprint with Shifting Star.


Mosse rode the Swinburn-trained three-year-old to a length and a quarter victory, in the process taking the European team into the lead.


“I took my time because I was thinking that my horse was travelling quite well early on,” said Mosse. “The trainer was telling me that, to give the horse a chance, I must not press the button too early but at one stage, even if it was a slightly early, I needed to go because after that I would have no room.


“I am very happy to win for Walter because he is a very good trainer and this is the most pleasure that I have had today.


“I took my time before asking the horse to go as I had plenty in hand. He’s a lovely horse. He was always travelling quite well.


“I believe next season that I will be in Europe for six months and I hope that I will get some strong support. I will be a European freelance and I hope to get some good rides worldwide.”

Swinburn added: “I’m delighted that Gerald was riding him because we go back a long way. Of course, like myself, Gerald also rode for His Highness (the Aga Khan).

“With someone like Gerald riding you don’t need to give a lot of orders, all I asked was that he tried to find some cover early.


“This horse is climbing up the ladder, we’re just taking it one race at a time with him but he could be interesting. We’ve worked out how to ride him now.


“I think the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is fantastic, the only thing I can’t believe is that something like this was not in place years ago. I remember in the early 80s going with Willie Carson to ride in a jockeys’ championship in Mauritius and there were 100,000 people there.”

BAZE PLEASED WITH 10 POINTS

Russell Baze secured 10 points for the Rest of the World team when steering the Clive Brittain-trained Al Muheer into second in the Porthault Shergar Cup Sprint Handicap.


Prominent throughout, Baze had every chance inside the distance but European team captain Gerald Mosse was a length and a quarter too strong on Shifting Star.


“That went really well. I thought there for a little while that I had a shot of winning it but the winner was just a little bit too much for me late in the race,” explained Baze.


“The track rides well and the ground seems alright to me, maybe a little soft but it’s not too bad. My horses all seem to be handling it well so hopefully that will continue for the rest of the day.”

FOURTH RACE RESULT

2.55pm THE CARVILL SHERGAR CUP STAYERS HANDICAP
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For four-year-olds & upwards Rated 81 - 100 (also open to horses rated 80 & below), two miles. Lowest Weight: 8st 9lb; Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 GEE DEE NEN (David Noblett) Mark Tompkins 5-9-04 Hayley Turner GB [7] 5/1 (15 points)
2 BOGSIDE THEATRE (IRE) (B Lappin) George Moore 4-9-05 Gerald Mosse EUR [9] 100/30F (10 points)
3 GRAND CAIMAN (I Wright) Richard Hannon 4-9-2p Mirco Demuro EUR [2] 33/1 (7 points)
4 CARACCIOLA (GER) (Piers Pottinger) Nicky Henderson 11-9-12 Jamie Spencer IRE [3] (5 points)
5 LA VECCHIA SCUOLA (IRE) (John Connor, Graham Brown) Jim Goldie 4-9-2 Kevin Manning IRE [6] (3 points)
6 DESERT SEA (IRE) (Bonusprint) David Arbuthnot 5-9-06 Jorge Ricardo ROW [10] 7 HIGHLAND LEGACY (B Warren) Michael Bell 4-9-09 Seb Sanders GB [8]
8 GREENWICH MEANTIME (Barlow, Crumbley & Rutherford) Richard Fahey 8-9-06 Russell Baze ROW [5]
9 MUDAWIN (IRE) (John Macgregor) Jim Goldie 7-9-02 Yutaka Take ROW [1]
10 ENJOY THE MOMENT (Exors of the Late L Wilson & M Landau) Jamie Osborne 5-9-11 Richard Hughes IRE [4]

Points after Fourth Race: EUR 61, GB 43; ROW 40, IRE 20
Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Gerald Mosse 35; Y Take 30; H Turner 18; H Karatas 15; L Dettori 13; S Sanders 12; M Demuro 11; R Baze 10; K Manning 8; R Hughes 7; Jamie Spencer 5

10 ran
Non-runner: 9 Akarem (Replaced by Grand Caiman)
Time: 3m 35.22s
Distances: hd, 2, nk, 1, 11, 1 1/4, nse, dist, 4 1/2
Breeder: Kingwood Bloodstock
Breeding: b g Mister Baileys - Special Beat (Bustino)
Totes: Win: £7.30 Places: £2.60; £1.80; £12.80 Exacta: £28.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Tompkins, Mark Harding Date of Birth: 7/4/51;Date of first licence: 1979; Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Walter Wharton, Willie Musson and Ryan Jarvis Classic Wins: (1) St Leger (1993 Bob’s Return) Major wins include: Great Voltigeur Stakes (1993 Bob’s Return), Strensall Stakes (1996 Even Top), Lingfield Derby Trial (1993 Bob’s Return, 2003 Franklins Gardens), Duke Of York Stakes (2006 Steenberg), Middleton Stakes (2007 Topatoo), William Hill Lincoln (2004 Babodana, 2008 Smokey Oakey) Trains at Flint Cottage Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Number of horses in training (1983-2008): 34: 46: 35: 57: 49: 57: 71: 98: 98: 93: 72: 74: 76: 65: 75: 65: 69: 75: 58: 60: 62: 62: 76: 85; 77; 82; Wins in a season (1982-2007): 12: 17: 13: 17: 19: 24: 16: 44: 46: 42; 42: 28: 35: 23: 23: 26: 24: 21: 10: 40: 32: 28: 34: 38; 31; 35; Wins This Year: 18

Winning Jockey:-Name: Turner, Hayley Born: Nottingham, January 3, 1983 Apprenticed to: Michael Bell in Newmarket, Suffolk First Ride: Markellis (Bet Direct From Littlewoods Handicap, Southwell, March 27, 2000) First Winner: Generate (Pontefract Apprentice Series (Round 2) Handicap, Pontefract, June 4, 2000) Background: Her riding instructor mother taught her to ride; went to Northern Racing College at Doncaster; apprenticed to Mark Polglase and then Michael Bell. Achievements: First female to be crowned champion apprentice - shared the title with Saleem Golam - when partnering 44 winners in the 2005 season, in which she also became the fourth woman in Britain to ride out her claim First Double: August 19, 2002, at Brighton on Blue Streak and Timeless Chick Number of Wins (2000-2007): 1; -; 9; 14; 34; 53; 36; 36; Wins This Season: 57

TURNER TIMES IT TO PERFECTION

Great Britain team captain Hayley Turner timed her challenge to perfection to land the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers on the Mark Tompkins-trained Gee Dee Nen and move her team up to second in the standings on 43 behind Europe on 61.


Settled in mid-division for most of the two-mile trip, Turner, the only lady riding in today’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, began to cut down on longtime leader Bogside Theatre (Gerald Mosse) in the final furlong but only got the advantage in the dying strides to a score by a head.


Turner said: “It’s really soft now and really kicking up out there. Mr Tompkins told me this morning to ride him like that - he just needs to get there right on the line. I think Tom Queally won on him that way at Haydock, where he actually beat me by a short-head that day so he’s paid it back today!

“It was a lovely strong gallop which was ideal for him and he just rallied at the end. He’s very genuine. It took me quite a while to pick up. Gerald had kicked quite clear and I wasn’t quite sure that I was going to get there but he really did pick up well for me at the end.


“My dad and my sisters are all here cheering me on. It’s nice to have a winner, I’m really delighted especially being captain - it’s great. I just got there. He ran on really nicely for me in the end. They went a good gallop so that was ideal and that’s the way to ride him.”

MOSSE JUST CAUGHT

Gerald Mosse’s attempts to make all on Bogside Theatre in the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers narrowly failed as he was caught on the line by fast-finishing Gee Dee Nen under Gerald Mosse.


“My filly ran very well but I was just caught,” rued Mosse.


Meanwhile connections of Grande Caiman were delighted with his third-place run. The four-year-old was a reserve and only got into the field this afternoon when Akarem was declared a non runner.


“We’re delighted - this was a test to see if he got two miles and he did,” said Richard Hannon junior, whose father trains Grande Caiman. “We came here as a reserve and it’s great to get some prize money.


“There’s a chance we might look at the Ebor because he keeps meeting the same horses and he might just be well handicapped.”

3.30pm THE MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For four-year-olds & upwards Rated 81 - 100 (also open to horses rated 80 & below), one mile four furlongs. Lowest Weight: 8st 9lb; Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 STRATEGIC MOUNT (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Paul Cole 5-9-06 Mirco Demuro EUR [3] 16/1 (15 points)
2 RECORD BREAKER (IRE) (Triplin Racing) Mark Johnston 4-9-06 Richard Hughes IRE [5] 7/1 (10 points)
3 FORMAX (FR) (Anthony & Victoria Pakenham) Marcus Tregoning 6-9-03 Hayley Turner GB [9] 9/2 (7 points)
4 FILIOS (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-09 Jamie Spencer IRE [7] (5 points)
5 SAHRATI (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 4-9-02 Frankie Dettori GB [2] (3 points)
6 CANDLE (Mrs David Blackburn)Henry Candy 5-9-06 Jorge Ricardo ROW [10]
7 PROFIT'S REALITY (IRE) (Phones Direct Partnership) Paul Blockley 6-9-06 Seb Sanders GB [1]
8 POLISH POWER (GER) (John Wells) Stan Moore 8-9-04 Gerald Mosse EUR [4]
9 ALL THE GOOD (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-13 Halis Karatas EUR [8] 4/1F
10 COEUR DE LIONNE (IRE) (The Lamprell Partnership) Ed Dunlop 4-9-04 Russell Baze ROW [6]

10 ran
Time: 2m 35.36s Distances: 1, 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 4, 2, 1/2, 2 1/4, nk, dist
Breeder: Arbib Bloodstock Partnership Breeding: b g Montjeu - Danlu
Totes: Win: £17.70 Places: £4.10; £3.10; £2.10 Exacta: £138.80

Points after Fifth Race: EUR 76, GB 53; ROW 40, IRE 35
Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Gerald Mosse 35; Y Take 30; Mirco Demuro 26; H Turner 25; Richard Hughes 17; Frankie Dettori 16; H Karatas 15; S Sanders 12; R Baze 10; J Spencer 10; K Manning 8

Winning trainer:-Name Cole, Paul Frederick Irvine Date of birth: 11/9/41 Trains at Whatcombe, Wantage, Oxfordshire Date of first licence: 1968 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Richmond Sturdy & George Todd Classic wins: (2) St Leger (1990 Snurge); Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous) Major wins include: Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous), Italian Derby (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star), King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), St Leger (1990 Snurge), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight's Baroness), Italian Oaks (1993 Bright Generation), Queen Mary Stakes (1996 Dance Parade), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1991 & 1992 Ruby Tiger), Premio Legnano (1993 Ruby Tiger), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum), Grand Prix de Deauville (1993 Snurge), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lincoln Handicap (1997 Kuala Lipis, 2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (1996 Putra, 1997 Central Park, 2006 Strategic Prince), Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (2007 River Proud), Parknasilla Hotal Goffs Million (2007 Luck Money) Other details: Champion trainer in 1991 Royal Ascot wins: 20 First Royal Ascot winner: Calibina (June 17, 1977 - Wokingham Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Wokingham Handicap (1977 Calibina, 1980 Queen’s Pride, 1987 Bel Byou), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum, 1994 Sri Pekan, 1998 Red Sea), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1979 Crimson Beau), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos) First Goodwood Winner: Off Games (Goodwood Claiming Stakes, August 3, 1973) Goodwood Winners: 95 (34 at July Meeting) Horses in training (1985-2008): 84; 107; 112; 120; 120 ; 117; 105; 131; 136; 157; 129; 140; 141; 134; 118; 117; 111; 114; 97; 92; 83; 73; 61; 85; Wins (1984-2007): 61; 54; 64; 55; 43; 51; 53; 73; 86; 67; 69; 77; 74; 60; 64; 76; 51; 56; 61; 56; 41; 31; 44; 29; Wins in 2008: 37

Winning jockey:-Name: Demuro, Mirco Born: January 11, 1979 at Marino in Rome Background: son, nephew and cousin of Italian professional jockeys Date of apprentice’s licence: September 28, 1994, attached to stable of Giuseppe Ilardi Major Achievements: first winner November 1994, aged 15; champion apprentice 1995 with 80 winners; Italian champion jockey - when Demuro won on King Park at Turin in November 1999, he became first jockey in Italy to achieve a double century since Gianfranco Dettori, Frankie’s father, in 1985; has ridden in Japan on contract for the country’s biggest owner-breeder Teruya Yoshida; has also obtained more international experience riding in New York, USA. Returned to Italy to ride full time in 2007 and recorded his fifth jockey’s championship. First Ride in Britain: Drayton Fillies’ Handicap (July 30, 1997, Goodwood, Stone Flower, 9th of 13) Major wins Include: Italian Derby (2002 Rakti); Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (2003 Neo Universe); Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1999 Sumati); Italian Oaks (2000 Timi); Premio Presidente della Repubblica (2000 Timboroa, 2006 & 2007 Distant Way), Satsuki Sho (2003 Neo Universe, 2004 Daiwa Major) First Winner in Britain: Strategic Mount, Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge, August 9, 2008 Wins in Britain this season: 1

COLE’S STRATEGY COMES OFF

Strategic Mount won the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge for a second consecutive year and realised a long standing dream for 13-time champion Italian jockey Mirco Demuro.


“I am so excited because it is my first winner in England after coming here to ride for 11 years,” said Demuro. “The race was fantastic because the horse knew everything - the position, the time. They said that the horse was no good on heavy turf but he did a very good job and I am so happy.


“I tried to do my best and the horse responded very well. He was coming very slowly but we were in front at the end and it is a dream realised for me. Thank you to everybody!”

Trainer Paul Cole’s son and assistant Oliver admitted today’s race had been targetted for some time.

“He loves this track and seems to come to form at this time of year so this race is ideal for him. If he relaxes then he always runs a good race,” said Cole.

SO CLOSE, SO FAR FOR HUGHES

Richard Hughes, riding the Mark Johnston-trained Record Breaker, looked set to secure Ireland’s first success at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge only to get caught close home by Italian Mirco Demuro on Strategic Mount.


Tracking the leader throughout, Hughes made his move with more than five furlongs of the mile and a half trip to race. He held a couple lengths advantage inside the distance but went down by a length to the winner at the line.


Hughes said: “Nearly there! I kicked early because he’s a typical one of Mark Johnston’s in that he stays going well but it’s a pity that the winner came at me so late. I would have preferred he came at me halfway up the straight.


“Ireland isn’t having much joy today - a bad captain, I think, picked the wrong horses for us!”

TURNER AND SPENCER GET ONE-DAY BANS

Hayley Turner has suffered for her efforts to get Gee Dee Nen up on the line in the Carvill Shergar Cup Stayers, with the Stewards finding her guilty of using her whip with excessive frequency and suspended her for one day (Saturday, August 23).


Meanwhile, in that same race, Jamie Spencer, rider of Caracciola, was found to have caused interference to Turner’s mount through careless riding. He has also been handed a one day ban for that same day.


RECORD CROWD

There was an attendance of 33,115 at Ascot today, a record for Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day and a huge increase on the 2007 crowd of 27,004.


Charles Barnett, Ascot’s Chief Executive, commented: “To get over 30,000 people for Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day is obviously tremendous and unsurprisingly this is a record.


“The weather wasn’t kind to us but people have been resilient and it’s been a noticeably different crowd to a normal raceday which of course is what this event is all about.


“It’s great to get such a fantastic line-up of international jockeys to take on the two home teams and people have clearly enjoyed watching their very different styles.


“We’ve signed a new five-year deal with Dubai Duty Free today and together we’ll continue to build on the undeniable success of this event.”

DUBAI DUTY FREE EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP

Dubai Duty Free today announced that it is to extend its sponsorship of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for a further five years until 2013.


Dubai Duty Free has been associated with the world’s premier international jockeys’ competition since its inception in 1999.


Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, commented: “I am delighted to announce that we have guaranteed our support of this immensely popular and colourful event for a further five years until 2013, and look forward to taking it to an even higher level.


“A ground-breaking concept, it has exceeded the aims of its originators, the gladiatorial element of competing teams in one of racing’s greatest theatres having captured the imagination of a wider audience and helped introduce many new faces to the sport.”

Dubai Duty Free horseracing activities: In addition to title sponsorship of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, the company’s extensive global sports sponsorship portfolio includes the Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury in April, Newbury’s International Meeting in September featuring the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, and for the first time this year, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh.


Dubai Duty Free: Dubai Duty Free is the multi-award winning airport retailer based at Dubai International Airport. Dubai Duty Free expects to achieve a landmark record turnover of US$1 billion in 2008, the 25th anniversary year. Dubai Duty Free’s expansion is set to continue with the opening later this year of a new concourse at Dubai International Airport, doubling its retail area to more than 17,000 square metres.


Dubai Duty Free Trivia: In 2007 Dubai Duty Free’s sales included more than 2.5 million bottles of perfume, 205,000 watches, 117,000 mobile phones, almost 192,000 cameras and more than 39,000 handbags.


SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.05pm THE LES AMBASSADEURS CLUB SHERGAR CUP MILE
Class 2, Handicap, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For four-year-olds & upwards Rated 81 - 100 (also open to horses rated 80 & below), old mile. Lowest Weight: 8st 9lb; Highest weight: 10st. Penalties: after August 2, for each race won 3lb. Prize Money: 1st: £17,500; 2nd: £6,125; 3rd: £2,800; 4th: £2,187; 5th: £1,925; 6th: £1,400; 7th: £1,137; 8th: £875; 9th: £612; 10th: £437

1 PERFECT STAR (Dr Bridget Drew & E Dedman) Clive Cox 4-9-08 Gerald Mosse EUR [4] 4/1 (15 points)
2 ACE OF HEARTS (Archangels 1)Chris Wall 9-9-08 Russell Baze ROW [7] 8/1 (10points)
3 KAY GEE BE (IRE) (Par Jeu Partnership) Mark Wallace 4-9-07 Yutaka Take ROW [5] 16/1 (7 points)
4 GOLD SOVEREIGN (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-12 Richard Hughes IRE [3] (5 points)
5 SCARTOZZ (Suderia Rencati Srl) Marco Botti 6-9-11 Halis Karatas EUR [9] (3 points)
6 KINSYA (Roalco Limited) Mark Tompkins 4-9-07 Hayley Turner GB [2]
7 TAMIMI'S HISTORY (Jim Ennis) David Evans 4-9-10 Kevin Manning IRE [8]
8 FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS (Mel Roberts & Nicola Meese) Richard Fahey 4-9-06 Jorge Ricardo ROW [10]
9 CAPE HAWK (IRE) (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XVII) Richard Hannon 4-9-05 Frankie Dettori EUR [1] 100/30F

9 ran
Non-runner: 1 Vanderlin (withdrawn at start - Ireland team receives 4 points)
Time: 1m 44.33s
Distances: 1, 1, nk, 3 1/2, 1,1 1/4, 6, 2 1/4
Breeder: A Jenkins & E Kessly
Breeding: b f Act One - Granted (FR) (Cadeaux Genereaux)
Totes: Win: £4.20 Places: £1.40; £2.10; £3.30 Exacta: £29.80

Points after Sixth Race: EUR 94, ROW 57, GB 53, IRE 44
Silver Saddle (Jockey totals): Gerald Mosse 50; Y Take 37; Mirco Demuro 26; Hayley Turner 25;

Richard Hughes 22; Russell Baze 20; Halis Karates 18; Frankie Dettori 16; Jamie Spencer 14; Seb Sanders 12; Kevin Manning 8; Jorge Ricardo 0

Winning trainer:- Name: Cox, Clive Born: May 14, 1964 Trains at: Beechdown Farm, Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Berks Former Occupation: Professional jump and Flat jockey recording 80 winners in ten years. Rode for Peter Cundell on the Flat and Oliver Sherwood over Jumps. Started dual-purpose training from a farm in Wootton Bassett in 1992, having previously run a livery yard in Lambourn for several years. He was forced to quit a year later due to the recession, having saddled three winners, joining Mikey Heaton-Ellis’ yard near Swindon as assistant trainer. He worked for him for seven years before taking out a trainer’s licence again in 1999 upon Heaton-Ellis’ death from motor neurone disease. First Winner On Return To Training: Bet Direct On Racing Channel Text Page 372 Handicap, March 14, 2000, Southwell Other Major Wins Include: Dubai Duty Free Cup (2005 New Seeker), Dubai Duty Free Handicap (2003 & 2004 Ionian Spring), Gosforth Park Cup (2005 Out After Dark), London Clubs International Handicap (2006 Dunelight), Tote International (2003 & 2005 New Seeker), Portland Handicap (2005 Out After Dark), Prix Le Fabuleux (2003 Lago D’Orta), On The House Stakes (2007 Dunelight) Old Newton Cup (2007 Dansili Dancer) Great St Wilfred Stakes (2007 Kostar) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Britannia Stakes (2003 New Seeker), Royal Hunt Cup (2005 New Seeker) First Goodwood Winner: Thyolo, EBF GG Club Racing Stakes, September 13, 2003 Total Goodwood Wins: 8 (3 at Festival meeting) Horses In Training (2004-2008): 30; 34; 50; 65; 63 Wins on Flat in 2000-2007: 3; 8; 11; 14; 16; 23; 25; 29; Wins in 2008: 12

Winning jockey:-Name: Mosse, Gerald Date of birth: 3/1/67 Background: Former champion apprentice in France (with Patrick Biancone), Gerald has ridden over 40 Group One winners in Europe, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Saumarez in 1990 and all three French Classics. Has spent 15 seasons (up to 2007/08) riding in Hong Kong, and has been successful over 450 times, including thee Hong Kong Derbies. Major wins include: Coronation Stakes (1993 Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (1999 Sendawar), Prix du Jockey-Club (1994 Celtic Arms, 1996 Ragmar), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1990 Saumarez), Prix de Diane (1988 Resless Kara, 1993 Shemaka, 1997 Vereva, 1999 Daryaba); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1999 Sendawar, 1997 Daylami, 1996 Ashkalani); Prix Vermeille (1994 Sierra Madre, 1999 Daryaba); Prix Lupin (1994 Celtic Arms); Prix Ganay (1996 Valanour, 1999 Dark Moondancer); Prix du Moulin (1991 Priolo, 1996 Ashkalani, 1999 Sendawar); Prix Jean Prat (1990 Priolo; 2000 Suances); Grand Prix de Paris (1995 Valanour); Prix Morny (1988 Tersa, 1991 Arazi, 1997 Charges d’Affaires, 2000 Bad As I Wanna Be); Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1989 Intimiste); Prix Marcel Boussac (1992 Gold Splash, 1993 Sierra Madre); Prix Robert Papin (1991 Arazi); Prix de la Salamandre (1991 Arazi); Prix du Moulin (1991 Priolo); Prix du Cadran (1999 Tajoun), Prix Royal Oak (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Tiraaz), Hong Kong Cup (1999 Jim And Tonic), Prix d’Ispahan (2000 Sendawar), Nunthorpe Stakes (2000 Nuclear Debate), Prix Maurice de Gheest (1989 Cricket Ball, 1994 Dolphin Street, 2002 May Ball) Hong Kong Sprint (2002 All Thrills Too, 2007 Sacred Kingdom). Royal Ascot Wins (3): Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1999, Sendawar), King’s Stand Stakes (June 20, 2000, Nuclear Debate) First Royal Ascot wins: Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash) Wins in Britain in 2008: 2 Winner of the 2008 Shergar Cup Silver Saddle

MOSSE DOUBLE SEALS TITLES

Frenchman Gerald Mosse recorded a 21.5/1 double to clinch the Silver Saddle title, along with ensuring that his European team came out successful in the 2008 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.


Riding the Clive Cox-trained Perfect Star, Mosse produced a lovely run to gain the lead inside the final furlong and take victory off American Russell Baze, riding Ace Of Hearts.


A delighted Mosse said: “I haven’t won everything but it’s been okay! Honestly, it was a great day, a lot of competition. The ground was a bit soft, but I believe that the horse felt comfortable even if it was a bit deep.


“They said to go close to the pace and, if somebody went faster, let them but if not I was to do it myself. She was a bit keen so I decided to wait and to be very patient on her, then she picked up to the line.


“It was a great meeting. It is a real pleasure to be here and to participate in this kind of challenge. I’ve been lucky to get good horses in the draw and, on top of that, they went on the soft ground. They went through everything today and it’s my day today.”

Cox added: “She’s been given a great ride and all I said to him (Mosse) was that she likes to be ridden with confidence.


“I thought she might be a Lincoln horse in the spring but we had to back off and just struggled with her a bit. But for a Listed filly she was on a good mark today and I think we might look for some more black type now, hopefully she’ll have a good second half to the year. She appreciates a drop of rain and we might look for something in France where she should get her ground.”

DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP 2008 - FINAL STANDINGS

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Team Points
1) Europe 94
2) Rest Of The World 57
3) GB 53
4) Ireland 44

SILVER SADDLE STANDINGS

Jockey Points
1) Gerald Mosse EUR 50
2) Yutaka Take ROW 37
3) Mirco Demuro EUR 26
4) Hayley Turner GB 25
5) Richard Hughes IRE 22
6) Russell Baze ROW 20
7) Halis Karatas EUR 18
8) Frankie Dettori GB 16
9) Jamie Spencer IRE 14
10) Seb Sanders GB 12
11) Kevin Manning IRE 8
12) Jorge Ricardo ROW 0

BAZE CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN

US rider Russell Baze, the first jockey ever to ride 10,000 winners, admitted he thoroughly enjoyed his British debut at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.


“I’ve had a blast,” said Baze. “I have to admit it’s been quite a challenge because it’s different to what I’m used to. But I’ve enjoyed it immensely and was just getting the hang of it at the end but sadly it’s all over. I can’t wait to come back here and I’ve had a tremendous time.”

The 13-times Italian champion Mirco Demuro said: “I was lucky because I got my first win in England and everything was beautiful.”

Turkish star Halis Karatas added: “We worked as a team and I am grateful to my captain and my team-mates. I am very happy to be here at the moment. It has been one of my dreams since my childhood to ride here so I have fulfilled my dream and it’s very important for me.”

REACTION FROM LADBROKES, OFFICIAL BOOKMAKER TO THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP

Team Europe and Gerald Mosse were the toast of the bookies on a rainy day at Ascot.


David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "The Team Europe win was a great result for us and a damn sight better than this time last year when we were caught out.

"Gerald Mosse was quietly fancied to go well but we'd have taken him to win the Silver Saddle at the start of the day and we're heading off to see Bananarama happy enough."


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