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Saturday, August 7, 2010


DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP 2010
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
ASCOT, SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

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Today’s attendance at Ascot on Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day is 28,741, up 3.5 per cent on the figure of 27,779 on the same day in 2009.



VICTORY FOR TEAM IRELAND

SILVER SADDLE GOES TO BERRY

For the second year in succession, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup went to Team Ireland, comprised this year of Captain Richard Hughes, Pat Smullen and Fran Berry. The final team scores were Ireland 80, Europe 72, Rest of the World 45 and Great Britain 43.


It was a doubly sweet afternoon for Fran Berry, as he claimed the Silver Saddle for leading jockey. Berry finished the competition with a total of 35 points, following a win on Bernie The Bolt in the St Hallett Shergar Cup Stayers and two second places.


The delighted 29-year-old said: “Today was a dream come true. I must be the happiest man alive to have finished second in the last race!

“I only got the call up to ride on Tuesday and today has exceeded my wildest expectations.


“I had a good draw with my rides today and was fortunate to get mounts for some excellent trainers. It was great to ride Bernie The Bolt for Andrew Balding, as the horse is owned by an Irishman.

“I think my ride in the last (Gene Autry in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint) might have won if the rain hadn’t arrived. He is a lovely progressive horse while Mr Simcock’s horse (Vainglory, runner-up in the Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile) also ran well.


“Today was a real highlight for me.”

Richard Hughes, Captain for Team Ireland, said: “There was no winner for myself but the Team Ireland win is great for the lads. I can’t put it down to anything inspiring that I said! I am very proud of the team.”

Pat Smullen, the third member of the Irish team, added: “I am absolutely delighted, it was brilliant to win the competition. I would have love to have ridden a winner, but it was great just to be part of the winning team.”


DUBAI DUTY FREE RIDE OF THE DAY GOES TO LUKE NOLEN

The Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day went to Australian Luke Nolen of Team Rest of the World for his victorious performance aboard Set The Trend in the Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile. The judges for the competition were former jockeys John Reid and Joe Mercer.


Nolen said: “I will be speaking highly of Ascot when I go home.


“I would definitely like to come over again. We always bring over a few for Royal Ascot so maybe I will get a chance.”



TEAM SCORES
80 Ireland - the winner
72 Europe
45 Rest of the World
43 Great Britain

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE
Fran Berry IRE 35 - the winner
Olivier Peslier EUR 28
Christophe Soumillon EUR 25
Richard Hughes IRE 23
Pat Smullen IRE 22
Hayley Turner GBR 21
Umberto Rispoli EUR 19
Yasunari Iwata ROW 15
Anton Marcus ROW 15
Alan Munro GBR 15
Luke Nolen ROW 15
Jim Crowley GBR 7
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner


Race 1 - Barclays Shergar Cup Dash

FIRST BLOOD TO SOUMILLON AND EUROPE

The 2010 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup began perfectly for Team Europe as Prohibit, partnered by Christophe Soumillon, powered to victory in the opening Barclays Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash over five furlongs.


The 5/2 favourite was always in a handy position and hit the front inside the final to score by a length from Golden Destiny, partnered by Richard Hughes for Ireland, with fellow Team Ireland member Pat Smullen a further three-quarters of a length back in third on Secret Asset. With Captain Carey finishing fourth for Europe and Monsieur Joe in fifth for Britain, Team Europe gained an early advantage with 20 points, followed by Ireland on 17 and Great Britain on 3.


The Belgian-born Soumillon, making his debut in the competition, said: “It was one of my good rides for the day. I know the horse quite well because I saw him run two times in Dubai and I was telling my agent Shippy Ellis that I hoped to ride him out there because he was quite unlucky in one of his races.

“It never happened out there so it is good to come here to Ascot with a good ride and win the first race.


“I was travelling quite easily behind Richard and, when he accelerated from the two-furlong marker, I couldn’t really follow him so just took my time. I knew that my horse likes to come right on the line and I actually took the lead a bit early but he relaxed so well in the race and handled the ground quite well - it made the difference in the end.


Robert Cowell, the winning trainer, added: “This horse is just an absolute crackerjack.


“We have been playing around with him to find out what he wants, but he is a proper horse and never runs a bad race. I think he could be up to Listed class.


“He has a high cruising speed and he just has to be ridden with a lot of confidence. Eddie rode him with a lot of confidence in the Stewards’ Cup but he didn’t quite get home because they went very quick.

“Today, Christophe has ridden him perfectly. James Pyman in the Racing Post said that horse and jockey would be a match made in heaven and they are. I love jockeys that ride horses with a lot confidence.


“We may go to the Portland Handicap and then maybe go back to Dubai. He has a fair bit of racing already and the owners have had a tremendous time but I don’t want to take him to the well to many times.


“We have always tried to support the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup when we have had horses that are good enough.”


FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTES
BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP DASH

“A WIN WOULD HAVE BETTER” - HUGHES

In-form jockey Richard Hughes narrowly missed out on taking the opening leg on Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day, the Barclays Shergar Cup Dash, when finishing runner-up to Prohibit on Golden Destiny.

Hughes, who captains the Ireland team, said: “A win would have been better but she still ran a good race. I think if I’d known the filly I would have won.”

Hughes picked up 10 points for Ireland when finishing second and Pat Smullen, on Secret Asset, notched up another 7 points for Emerald Isle by coming third.


Olivier Peslier, captain of the Europe team, collected 5 points when finishing fourth on Captain Carey to add to the 15 points gained by team mate Christophe Soumillon for winning the race.


“It was a good start but I would have preferred to win,” said Peslier.



GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE


Christophe Soumillon, on board the 5/2 favourite and winner Prohibit, said: “Good.”

Richard Hughes, partner of second placed Golden Destiny, said: “Good.”

Anton Marcus, rider of Judge ‘N Jury, said: “Good.”

Jim Crowley, jockey of Fol Hollow, said: “It is good at the moment but it may well get softer. The rain is getting in to the ground.”

Pat Smullen, rider of Secret Asset, described the going as : “On the easy side of good.”

Hayley Turner, jockey of Monsieur Joe, thought the going was: “On the slow side.”

Fran Berry, rider of Fathom Five, said: “It is on the slow side of good.”

Umberto Rispoli, jockey of Soap Wars, said: “Soft.”


SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
TITANIC QUARTER SHERGAR CUP CLASSIC (HANDICAP)

MISTER ANGRY DELIGHTS JOHNSTON

The Mark Johnston-trained Mister Angry bolstered Team Great Britain’s score when landing the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Classic under Alan Munro.


The winner survived a stewards’ enquiry into interference and Johnston said: “He was the outsider of my three in the race and he’s a horse that does confuse us. He runs well in small fields so this was ideal and then seems to disappoint when you step him up to big handicaps. His form looks suspect as a result. Ironically, my two other proven stayers in the race finished out the back and Mister Angry has come good.


“To be honest, I don’t know what the stewards’ enquiry was about. I can’t imagine that it was a great issue because he has hit the front quite a long way out and I can’t imagine that it involves him.


“The thing I’m particularly in favour about today is the prize money on offer. Where else do you get £30,000 races when the fields are limited to 10, hence we’ve got 15 runners through the day. We run where the prize money is. Fortunately I like to keep the tactics simple which is fortunate as it is difficult to give instructions when you can’t speak the language of the jockey!”

Despite the success Team Great Britain are only in third place with 18 points after race two, with Europe in front on 32, followed by Ireland on 20. Team Rest of the World are in fourth on 10 points.


Munro added: “It’s my first winner in the Shergar Cup and it’s great to have a winner on a day like this.”



Race 2 - Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Classic

SO CLOSE FOR IWATA - MORE POINTS FOR EUROPE

Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata went agonisingly close to winning his first race at Ascot on his first ride when going down by a short-head in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Classic on the Amanda Perrett-trained Life And Soul. The three-year-old Azamour colt came with a strong run from off the pace and was catching the winner, Mister Angry, with every stride.


Iwata, who gained 10 points for Team Rest Of The World, explained: “It was difficult to get in the position I wanted to be in.


“I wanted to get over to the inside rail a bit earlier than I did.”

A further four lengths back in third was Opera Gal, ridden by Umberto Rispoli for Team Europe. The filly led for much of the contest before weakening in the final furlong.


Rispoli said: “I am really pleased, she kept on galloping and handled the ground well.”

There were more points for Team Europe with the fourth horse hoe being Fareej, partnered by captain Olivier Peslier. Team Europe now has a total of 32 points, ahead of Ireland on 20, Great Britain on 18 and the Rest of the World on 10.


Peslier said: “I am very pleased with the way my horse ran. Our team is doing well and hopefully that will continue.”


Race 3 - Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile

REST OF THE WORLD STRIKE WITH SUPERB RIDE FROM NOLEN

Team Rest of the World gained their first victory of the day when Australian jockey Luke Nolen partnered Set The Trend to victory in the Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile.

Always in a handy position, the Reset gelding hit the front with a quarter of a mile to go and stayed on gamely to record a length and a half victory over Vainglory.


Nolen said: “He stuck his head out and I think that he is one of those type of horses - he’s one of those determined, one-paced, grinding horse - and the cards fell our way.

“It’s a tough track to ride. You have to be going on and keeping your balance all at once. It’s challenging but I am getting there!

“My opinion of Ascot is much higher now I have ridden a winner. I wasn’t talking after my first two rides but this has perked me up.

“Ascot is different to any course at home. You are going up and down hills here which is different to what I am used to, but it makes it interesting. The different style of racing also compounds the differences.


“Racing in Britain is a totally different kettle of fish to back home but I am delighted to have the opportunity to ride today and gain some different experience, which I can take back home with me.”

Winning trainer Andrew Balding added: “He won well. Luke gave him a lovely ride, so it was just the ticket.


“I thought that he hit the front too soon because he did the same at Epsom and got collared on the line but happily he was just a little bit fitter today and managed to keep going.”

The Europe, Great Britain and Rest of the World teams have now all enjoyed a winner at the 2010 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. Europe lead with 40 points, followed by Ireland on 37, Rest of the World on 25 and Great Britain on 18 points.



THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
LES AMBASSADEURS SHERGAR CUP MILE (HANDICAP)

BERRY WELCOMES POINTS

Team Ireland cemented their position in second, rising to 37 points, thanks to the exploits of second-placed Vainglory, the mount of Fran Berry, and the third, Benandonner, partnered by Pat Smullen.


“The points are always good to get,” admitted Berry. “I got a lovely run down the rail and thought I was going to win but every time I went for it the winner kept finding more. He’s very tough.”

Pat Smullen said: “He ran a good race. This distance is probably a bit sharp for him at this stage of this career and he wants a bit further.”

Umberto Rispoli, rider of fourth-placed Good Again for Team Europe, said: “He ran well but probably wants better ground.”


GOOD GROUND

The official going was changed to Good after the first race.




FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
ST HALLETT SHERGAR CUP STAYERS (HANDICAP)

BERNIE BOLTS FOR IRELAND, BUT EUROPE STILL IN FRONT

The battle for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup intensified with two legs to go after Team Ireland’s Fran Berry scored on the Andrew Balding-trained Bernie The Bolt.


But Team Ireland are still only in second place on 52 behind Team Europe, who took second and third, on 57.


“It’s great for Ireland to get the points but we need a few more. I ran a great race in the race before this and we are trying our best. It is just great to be here,” said Berry. “I was lucky to get the chance to ride this horse and I know Andrew was worried about the ground beforehand.


“He wasn’t travelling well until he hit the new part of the course and then I was on the bridle. I went to cover Christophe (Soumillon) and got to the front sooner than I had intended but he battled on very well. He has a touch of class and enjoyed racing in a smaller field today - he handles a bit of juice in the ground as well. I know he wasn’t suited in the Northumberland Plate last time when there were a lot of runners.”

Balding, who had also landed the previous contest with Set The Trend and completed a 21/1 double, added: “I am really thrilled for the horse because it is tough to find spots for them when they get to 95 and need to go two miles. He’s not a very big horse and has only come to himself recently and hopefully he will now have a live chance in the Cesarewitch, which has always been the plan.


“He’s been a bit unfortunate this year. The Chester Cup didn’t work out and then he got in awful trouble in the Northumberland Plate so it’s nice to get his head in front today.


“Entries haven’t closed yet for the Cesarewitch so I fear his weight will go up and we may look to claim off him there. Very few horses stay two and a quarter miles so he has got to go there with a chance. He’s also in the Ebor and that’s still a possibility although it may come too soon.


“The Shergar Cup has always been lucky for us. It’s good for some horses that don’t want to be giving lumps of weight away and I always keep a couple for it.”

Owner Bernie McGuire added: “He is a gutsy horse. A mate of mine back home in Ireland bred him and I fancied him when he was only six months old. He took him to the sales and couldn’t sell him so I went back home and bought him.

“I was over the moon when I found out that Fran Berry was riding him. He needed that one for Ireland. I had a few bob on him but not a lot - enough for the beer money for tonight!”


Race 4 - St Hallett Shergar Cup Stayers

SOLID PERFORMANCES IN SECOND AND THIRD HELP MAINTAIN LEAD FOR TEAM EUROPE

Team Europe maintained their lead in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup with two solid performances from Woolfall Treasure and Colloquial who took second and third respectively in the St Hallett Shergar Cup Stayers over two miles. Team Europe now have 57 points, ahead of Ireland on 52, the Rest of the World on 30 and Great Britain on 21.


Christophe Soumillon, who partnered the three and a quarter length second Woolfall Treasure, said: “It was a good performance from the horse and he has stayed on well.


“I was drawn 11 and Mr Moore (Gary, trainer) told me the horse needs to come on the outside, so I had to pull him out for the finish by which time the winner already had a good lead.”

Soumillon now jointly heads the table for the Silver Saddle with 25 points alongside Fran Berry. However, the Belgian is not resting on his laurels: “I still have to try hard in the last two races.”

Italian Umberto Rispoli, who partnered the third Colloquial, said: “We got squeezed as we came round the bend and into the straight. He didn’t want to know after that.”

Anton Marcus, team captain for the Rest of the World finished fourth on Lady Eclair. He said: “She wasn’t ever happy and it was a very lacklustre performance. It might have been the ground - Mr Johnston (Mark, trainer) said she had never gone on it before.”

MUNRO BANNED

Jockey Alan Munro picked up a two-day ban (Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22) following his winning ride on Mister Angry in the Titanic Quarter Shergar Cup Classic.


The stewards held Munro had used his whip with excessive frequency without giving his mount time to respond.



Race 5 - Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge

TURNER GAINS SECOND WIN FOR TEAM GREAT BRITAIN

Hayley Turner virtually all of the running in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge aboard Yorgunnabelucky to hand a second victory of the afternoon to Team Great Britain.


The three-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt, a full-brother to multiple Group One winner Shamardal, saw off all challengers and had two and a quarter lengths to spare over stable companion Emerging Artist at the finish for a 9/1 success. Team Ireland now leads with 62 points going into the final race, ahead of Europe on 57, Great Britain on 43 and the Rest of the World on 38.


Winning trainer Mark Johnston was enjoying a 1-2-3 in the 12-furlong event, with Submariner also taking third. It was also a 169/1 double for the Middleham handler, following the 16/1 success of Mister Angry earlier in the day.


The winning Team Great Britain Captain said: “I thought my chance had gone - it was going downhill all day - but that was brilliant. He is a very tough horse - he got quite an easy lead but was very competitive when they came to join me.

“He loved it and picked up when I asked him to - he is very easy and uncomplicated. To be fair, Richard Hughes advised me to go under the trees, even though he is on the wrong team, and I bet he regrets it now! It is soft all the way on the round course and thankfully they followed me.”

Mark Johnston added: “We ran more than one horse in this race as there are few other opportunities for horses of this class to race for this sort of prize money.

“Yourgunnabelucky is a full-brother to Shamardal and we always felt he wanted fast ground. But there was some cut when he won at Pontefract last time and again today.

“He had an easy lead today. I was reluctant to tell my jockeys to force the pace following how the races earlier today have worked out.


“Richard (Hughes) saved Emerging Artist for one run, but the horse just wasn’t quite good enough while Submariner has run a good race.


“I think Hayley has a 50% strike rate for me now - she has had four rides with two winners.”


Fifth Race: The Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap
Jockeys’ quotes


SECOND IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR TEAM IRELAND


The ten points gained for second place in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge was enough to lift Team Ireland into the lead on 62 points, five points clear of Europe on 57 points, after five races.


Richard Hughes, who rode the beaten 2/1 favourite Emerging Artist to second place, said: “We were second again but at least it’s a few more points.


“My horse did everything right but the winner was just too good for us.”


Jim Crowley, rider of the third home Submariner, said: “He ran well. It is nice to get a few points on the board.”

Team Great Britain now have 43 points after their first and third and sit third in the table.



SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT (HANDICAP)

PESLIER TAKES FINALE, BUT IRELAND HOLD ON

Team Europe captain Olivier Peslier took the closing Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint in impressive fashion aboard Gramercy but, with Team Ireland taking second, fourth and fifth places, it was not enough to land the overall prize.


Team Ireland held on to score by 80 points with Team Europe in second on 72 points.


“It was a very competitive race but he just kept going in the last two furlongs. He was moving very well and showed a good turn of foot. It was a great win

“When I asked him to go in the last two furlongs, he quickened up very well and he gave me a very good response,” said Peslier, before dashing off to get a ferry from Portsmouth.


“We got a lot of places and it has been a lovely day. It is always good to ride at Ascot and this is a nice competition. Everyone has supported each other and it is a different thing for jockeys to be involved with.”

Final Scores
IRE 80
EUR 72
ROW 45
GBR 43


ANTON MARCUS BANNED

Anton Marcus, Captain of Team Rest of the World, picked up a two-day ban following his ride aboard fifth-placed Strategic Mount in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge.


The stewards held that the South African was guilty of careless riding in that he had manoeuvred his mount when not sufficiently clear and caused interference with Seeking The Buck, who in turn interfered with Macarthur.


The ban takes effect on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22.



JOCKEYS MEET THE PUBLIC AT AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SESSION

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Day is different from all other days in the British racing calender in many ways. One such difference is the chance for racegoers to meet the jockeys with an autograph session taking place adjacent to the parade ring before racing.

All of the dozen jockeys from the four teams - Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and the Rest of the World - were on hand to provide autographs for racegoers. The event’s popularity was evident for all to see, with a large queue having formed by the time proceedings got underway at 1.00pm.


One racegoer, Mr Tacon, was attending the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for the second time with his wife and two daughters and explained the attraction of the day.


He said: “I have always been a regular racegoer and my wife is also starting to take an interest. We actually got married at Fakenham Racecourse.


“Both our children are members of the Colts & Fillies Club at Ascot and we have thoroughly enjoyed our morning with a tour of the racecourse and the children have loved going on the fairground rides.


“We really like today - it is very family-orientated and just great fun.”

Also among the racegoers were 16-year-old Jemima Green from Bampton in Oxfordshire.


"We came here last year and Richard Hughes and Christophe Soumillon are my favourites," said Green, sporting a green Shergar Cup baseball cap for the Ireland team. "I would like to work with horses, hopefully in racing, when I finish school and I am looking forward to today."

There were many families in the long queues, among them the Coopers from Dorking in Surrey.


Father Alex, an electrician, was joined by his wife Sarah and their children Jack, 14, and Thomas, 12.


"I love racing but don’t get to go very often," said Simon after photographing his children getting Alan Munro’s autograph.

"But this is a great day to bring the family and they do a really good job at Ascot."


MARCUS CAPTAINS REST OF THE WORLD

Anton Marcus, 40, the current South African champion jockey, is looking forward to his first experience of European racing at Ascot today.


He is the team captain of the three jockeys representing the Rest Of The World in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.


Marcus said: “This is my third visit to England but I have not ridden here before. My career has been predominantly in South Africa and Hong Kong.


“”I have been back in South Africa for the last six years after four and a half years riding in Hong Kong.


“One season ends and the next season starts immediately - there is no break. Having said that, it is pretty quiet at home at the moment - almost a transitional time.

“I don’t have to worry about missing mounts. I actually won the championship in the year that ended on July 31 but it is not an ambition of mine at the start of each season.


“I just concentrate on the mounts I get and winning the championship is a bonus. I try and put the emphasis on quality not quantity.


“The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is going to be exciting for me and I am sure it will be a great spectacle for racegoers and those watching on television.


“Our style of racing definitely differs from the English style of racing. South African racing is probably similar to French racing - jump out, take a sit and then sprint, whereas here the pace is more honest.


“I am just looking forward to the whole day at Ascot - it is an honour to be invited and I want to make the most of it.”


NOLEN KEEN TO LEARN QUICKLY

Luke Nolen from Australia rides for the Rest Of The World team this afternoon. The 30-year-old was recently crowned champion jockey in Victoria and is keen to expand his horizons.


Nolen commented: “I didn’t enjoy the journey over but I am really looking forward to the opportunity of riding at Ascot. It is a privilege to be invited for starters. Hopefully, I will learn something too. We have left our young son - 15-month-old Dane - at home with my mother-in-law and father-in-law.


“We arrived on Tuesday at midday and go back tomorrow. Our racing is all year round in Australia and the stable I ride for is prepared to travel all over. I will miss a few rides but our spring meetings have not really kicked off. My boss was very keen for me to come - you learn so much from other riders.

“I don’t have much overseas experience which is another reason I was very keen to be involved in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. I can learn and ride a few winners hopefully.

“I have met a few of my targets in the last year and have got to reassess my career but I have not thought too far ahead yet. I won a title in Victoria and had great success during the main carnivals. I now need to make some new targets.”

Nolen had a bad fall in May, 2008, breaking seven bones in his face and suffering bruising to his brain but managed to come back within three months.


He declared: “It wasn’t good but if that was the worst thing that is going to happen to me I have done pretty well because I have had close friends who have lost a lot more and some are no longer here.


“It has been onwards and upwards ever since and hopefully this will be a very rewarding trip.”

He rides mainly at 8st 5lb but can get down to 8st 2lb if needed. “If I get any lighter, the rebound after doing so can be bad. It is finding a happy balance of lifestyle and diet. I have been riding for 12 years now and you get used to keeping a steady weight.”

On his first visit to England and recovering from jet lag, Nolen visited Ascot on Wednesday.


He explained: “I walked the course at Ascot and the camera angles do not do it full justice. It is really something to walk. We have a straight six at Flemington but Ascot is very different - uphill and downhill.

“I am going to have to adjust my usual style of riding but I am looking forward to the challenge and I am sure I will adapt very quickly.


“The style of racing in Australia is a bit cagey - we ride our horses the way they are trained - to unleash sprints at the end of races. It seems a lot different here.”



JAPANESE RIDER KEEN TO BE A HERO


Yasunari Iwata rides for the Rest Of The World team this afternoon.

The 36-year-old Japanese jockey is experiencing European racing for the first time but has had plenty of involvement in jockey competitions at home and in Hong Kong.


Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “I am looking forward very much to riding at Ascot. I follow racing In England and think Ascot looks a tough course, with horses needing a lot of power and stamina.


“The motivation for doing well as a jockey has been Yutaka Take - he has been the inspiration to my career.”

One of the big moments for Iwata came in 2006 when he rode Delta Blues to victory in Australia’s Melbourne Cup - the first Japanese jockey to triumph in that famous Group One race.


Asked about that victory, he replied: “I felt like a complete hero - it was absolutely amazing.”

Iwata added: “I have watched plenty of English racing on television and I am proud to be riding at Ascot in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.

“I have been told to be careful not to break the English whip rules which are stricter than those in Japan.


”It is good for my career to have been invited to take part in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.”



GOING NEWS

After light rain last night, the going remains

GOOD TO FIRM

ahead of Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day.


The GoingStick readings are 8.3 on the Straight Course and 7.9 on the Round Course.


Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We had two millimetres of rain overnight and the going is still Good to Firm. The track is in great shape and we are forecast sunny spells and scattered showers.”

The stalls will be on the stands’ side on the Straight Course and inside on the Round Course.


The Round Course rail is positioned three yards in from the 1m 2f start to the home straight, increasing the distances by approximately 12 yards on both the 1m 4f course and 2m course. On the Old Mile, the increase is three yards.





NON RUNNERS

2.10pm BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP DASH HANDICAP
No. 1 Buachaill Dona (Dead)

so No. 11 We Have A Dream will now run with Luke Nolen (ROW) riding

2.45pm TITANIC QUARTER SHERGAR CLASSIC HANDICAP
No. 2 Jutland (Self Certificate - abscess)

so No. 11 Exceedthewildman will now run with Luke Nolen (ROW) riding

3.20pm LES AMBASSADEURS SHERGAR CUP MILE HANDICAP
No. 9 Soccerjackpot (Self Certificate - lame)

so No. 11 Tartan Gunna will now run with Yasunari Iwata (ROW) riding

3.55pm ST HALLETT SHERGAR CUP STAYERS HANDICAP
No. 10 La Vecchia Scuola (Self Certificate - lame)
Reserve - No. 12 Bulwark (Self Certificate - bruised foot)

so No. 11 Benedict Spirit will now run with Yasunari Iwata (ROW) riding

5.05pm DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT HANDICAP
No. 8 Deacon Blues (Self Certificate - going)

so No. 11 Joe Packet will now run with Yasunari Iwata (ROW) riding


MARKET MOVERS

Today’s Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) has been the race for money with Ladbrokes, official bookmaker to the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.


The Richard-Hannon trained Vitznau, the mount of European rider Olivier Peslier, has been pruned from 9/2 to 4/1.


Dunn’o, who locally-born Jim Crowley will ride for the Great Britain team, has been cut from 7/1 to 11/2.




LATEST LADBROKES TEAM AND SILVER SADDLE BETTING AT NOON


Ladbrokes’ betting on leading team: Europe 7/4, Ireland 2/1, Great Britain 7/2, Rest Of World 9/2

Ladbrokes’ Silver Saddle betting: Olivier Peslier 4/1, Richard Hughes 9/2, Christophe Soumillon 7/1, Fran Berry 8/1, Hayley Turner 8/1, Pat Smullen 10/1, Yasunari Iwata 10/1, Jim Crowley 12/1, Anton Marcus 12/1, Alan Munro 14/1, Umberto Rispoli 16/1, Luke Nolen 25/1


TEAM CAPTAINS’ THOUGHTS ON THE DAY

Olivier Peslier, who makes his Shergar Cup debut as Team Europe’s Captain today, said: “I am very happy to be captain for the team and I hope we will do well. We hope to win the competition!

“It is a great thing (The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup) a great opportunity for the public to see new jockeys, and I am very pleased to be here.”

Hayley Turner, who captains Team Great Britain for the third time today, described the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup as: “Not just a day at the races, it is a bit different.

“I’m really lucky to be involved with the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. I’m racing against the best jockeys from around the world today.


“I think we’ve got a good chance today.”
Richard Hughes, Captain of Team Ireland, which won last year, said: “I’m looking forward to the day - it should be good fun and I’ve two good men by my side.”

Richard, who comes into the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup after a record-breaking Glorious Goodwood and a treble yesterday at Lingfield, reflected on his form & rides:
“My form is good but I can’t go without the horses and hopefully my rides are pretty good.”

When asked if he could repeat last year’s victory: “I’ll give it a go!”

Anton Marcus, the Champion South African jockey who captains the Rest Of The World Team, reflected on his first Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup: “It is very exciting and I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is my first time riding in Europe and I’m sure I’ll find it very different.


“I don’t think I’ll need to motivate my team. Also I don’t think they would listen!”



OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF THE 2010 DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP


Squeals and cheerleaders greeted the jockeys for the 2010 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup as they were introduced to an enthusiastic crowd who filled the steppings of the parade ring and balconies of the stand.



The crowd was treated to a dance display from The Cheerleading Company, who were wearing team colours to match the four riding teams, before Rupert Bell, who hosted the opening ceremony, called the teams in turn to come into the ring through an avenue of pom poms.



Even a slight drizzle failed to dampen the spirits as each team was individually introduced to the public and the team anthems of Kasabian’s “Fire” for Team Great Britain, U2's “Elevation” for Team Ireland, Alphabeat’s “Fascination” for Team Europe and for Team The Rest Of The World the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling” were played.



FIRST RACE RESULT
2.10pm THE BARCLAYS SHERGAR CUP DASH 5f
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). Weights: highest weight 10st, minimum weight 8st 9lb, 3 y o 8st 6lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb, weight for age 3yo from 4yo+ 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182

1 PROHIBIT (Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney) Robert Cowell p5-9-12 Christophe Soumillon (EUR) [2] 5/2 Fav
2 GOLDEN DESTINY (IRE) (H J W Davies, P Spencer Jones, M Holland) Peter Makin b4-9-08 Richard Hughes (IRE) [3] 14/1
3 SECRET ASSET (IRE) (Simon Pierpoint & Paul Salisbury) Jane Chapple-Hyam h5-9-09 Pat Smullen (IRE) [5] 3/1
4 CAPTAIN CAREY (Malcolm Saunders) Malcolm Saunders 4-9-05 Olivier Peslier (EUR) [11] 5/1
5 MONSIEUR JOE (IRE) (Helen Checkley) Walter Swinburn 3-9-07 Hayley Turner (GBR) [1] 13/2
6 SOAP WARS (DBL Partnership) Jamie Osborne 5-9-05 Umberto Rispoli (EUR) [7]
7 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) (Hintlesham Thoroughbreds) Chris Wall 6-9-05 Fran Berry (IRE) [10]
8 FOL HOLLOW (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing III) David Nicholls 5-9-09 Jim Crowley (GBR) [6]
9 JUDGE 'N JURY b (Robert & Nina Bailey) Ron Harris t6-9-10 Anton Marcus (ROW) [9]
10 WE HAVE A DREAM (The Dreaming Squires) William Muir 5-9-02 Luke Nolen (ROW) [12]

10 ran
Non-Runner: Buachaill Dona (dead - replaced by first reserve We Have A Dream)
Time: 1m 1.11s Distances: 1, ¾, nk, 1, 1½, 2¾, nk, 2, 17
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd Breeding: b g Oasis Dream - Well Warned (Warning)
Tote Win: £3.10 Places: £1.30; £3; £2 Exacta: £36.90

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 1 WITH LATEST BETTING FROM LADBROKES
20 Europe 11/8
17 Ireland 13/8
3 Great Britain 5/1
0 Rest of the World 7/1

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 1
Fran Berry IRE 0
Jim Crowley GBR 0
Richard Hughes IRE 10
Yasunari Iwata ROW -
Anton Marcus ROW 0
Alan Munro GBR -
Luke Nolen ROW 0
Olivier Peslier EUR 5
Umberto Rispoli EUR 0
Pat Smullen IRE 7
Christophe Soumillon EUR 15
Hayley Turner GBR 3
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning trainer:- Name: Robert Cowell Born: November 29, 1968 Based: Bottisham Heath Stud, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Father Bob was a successful point-to-point rider in East Anglia and owner of Bottisham Heath Stud Robert himself became an amateur rider on the Flat - four victories from 40 rides, riding for trainers such as Gavin Pritchard-Gordon and Jack Berry. Worked for John Hammond in France for two years, for whom he also rode six winners, before moving to Neil Drysdale at Hollywood Park. Took out his first licence at that course in 1996 before deciding to return to Britain two years later. Date of first trainer’s licence: November 1997 First Winner in Britain: Mary Cornwallis, Lingfield, January 27, 1998. First Jumps Winner: Rock n’Cold, Catterick, March 5, 2003 (his first ever jumps runner) Number of horses in training (2002-2010): 18; 18; 25; 31; 21; 21; 21; 26; 29; Wins (2001-2009): 6; 12; 15; 13; 19; 10; 11; 15; Wins this year: 11


SECOND RACE RESULT
2.45pm THE TITANIC QUARTER SHERGAR CUP CLASSIC 1m 4f
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 75 and below). Weights: highest weight 10st, minimum weight 8st 9lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182
1 MISTER ANGRY (IRE) (The Originals) Mark Johnston 3-9-05 Alan Munro (GBR) [6] 16/1
2 LIFE AND SOUL (IRE) (Alan Spence) Amanda Perrett 3-9-03 Yasunari Iwata (ROW) [5] 11/2
3 OPERA GAL (IRE) (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-9-06 Umberto Rispoli (EUR) [12] 6/1
4 FAREEJ (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-08 Olivier Peslier (EUR) [2]
5 BOWDLER'S MAGIC (Paul Dean) Mark Johnston 3-10-00 Pat Smullen (IRE) [10]
6 SING SWEETLY (The Distaff 2 Partnership) Gerard Butler 3-9-06 Christophe Soumillon (EUR) [11]
7 CHRISTOPHER WREN (USA) (Kingsgate Racing) John Best 3-9-08 Richard Hughes (IRE) [4]
8 ATLANTIC TIGER (IRE) (Atlantic Racing Limited) Mark Johnston 3-9-08 Jim Crowley (GBR) [1]
9 EXCEEDTHEWILDMAN (E Moore & Stan Moore) Stan Moore p3-9-00 Luke Nolen (ROW) [8]
10 YASHRID (USA) (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-9-07 Hayley Turner (GBR) [7] 4/1 Fav

10 ran Non-Runner: Jutland (self certificate - abscess - replaced by first reserve Exceedthewildman)
Time: 2m 33.81s Distances: sh, 4, ¾, hd, ½, 3½, 3¼, 13, dist
Breeder: Darley Breeding: b c Cape Cross (IRE) - Yaya ((USA) (Rahy (USA) )
Tote Win: £17.80 Places: £4, £2, £2.20 Exacta:£174.50

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 2 WITH LATEST BETTING FROM LADBROKES
32 Europe
20 Ireland
18 Great Britain
10 Rest of the World

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 2
Alan Munro GBR 15
Christophe Soumillon EUR 15
Richard Hughes IRE 10
Yasunari Iwata ROW 10
Olivier Peslier EUR 10
Pat Smullen IRE 10
Umberto Rispoli EUR 7
Hayley Turner GBR 3
Fran Berry IRE 0
Jim Crowley GBR 0
Anton Marcus ROW 0
Luke Nolen ROW 0
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (1): Irish 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Royal Ascot wins (32): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a year (1987-2009): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; Wins in 2010: 146

THIRD RACE RESULT

3.20pm THE LES AMBASSADEURS CLUB SHERGAR CUP MILE 1m
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below).Weights: highest weight 9st 13lb, minimum weight 8st 9lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182

1 SET THE TREND (Corbett Stud) Andrew Balding 4-9-07 Luke Nolen (ROW) [9] 9/2
2 VAINGLORY (USA) (DXB Bloodstock Ltd) David Simcock 6-9-05 Fran Berry (IRE) [12] 9/1
3 BENANDONNER (USA) (Phil Woods, Mike Murphy) Mike Murphy 7-9-03 Pat Smullen (IRE) [7] 11/2
4 GOOD AGAIN (Future In Mind Partnership) Gerard Butler 4-9-04 Umberto Rispoli (EUR) [5]
5 VITZNAU (IRE) (Louis Stalder) Richard Hannon 6-9-13 Olivier Peslier (EUR) [10]
6 TARTAN GUNNA (Exors of the Late Isobel Bird) Mark Johnston v4-9-03 Yasunari Iwata (ROW) [3]
7 MARAJAA (IRE) (John Jacques) Willie Musson 8-9-07 Alan Munro (GBR) [4]
8 DUNN'O (IRE) (Dennis Shaw) Clive Cox 5-9-08 Jim Crowley (GBR) [2]
9 DUBAI DYNAMO (The Bottom Liners) Ruth Carr 5-9-09 Anton Marcus (ROW) [11]
10 ASPECTUS (IRE) (Cavendish Star Racing & A Taylor) Jamie Osborne 7-9-12 Hayley Turner (GBR) [6]

10 ran Non-Runner: Soccerjackpot (Self Certificate - Lame - replaced by first reserve Tartan Gunna)
Time: 1m 42.02s Distances: 1½, 1½, hd, 3½, 1, ½, nk, 1½, 8
Breeder: Old Suffolk Stud Breeding: b or br g Reset (Aus) - Masrora (USA) (Woodman (USA) )
Tote Win: £5 Places: £2, £3.90, £2.20 Exacta: £46.40

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 3
40 Europe
37 Ireland
25 Rest of the World
18 Great Britain

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 3
Pat Smullen IRE 17
Alan Munro GBR 15
Luke Nolen ROW 15
Christophe Soumillon EUR 15
Olivier Peslier EUR 13
Umberto Rispoli EUR 12
Fran Berry IRE 10
Richard Hughes IRE 10
Yasunari Iwata ROW 10
Hayley Turner GBR 3
Jim Crowley GBR 0
Anton Marcus ROW 0
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Derby with Mill Reef as well as a many other top races. Attended Radley College before obtaining a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, during this time he rode as an amateur and spent working holidays with trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dan Hendricks in California. After leaving Cirencester, joined uncle Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as amateur. In just over 100 rides he rode 20 winners under Rules, including The Horse and Hound Cup and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom. In 1997 joined Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter joined the Kingsclere team when Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home assist his father. Andrew is now married to Anna Lisa who works for JSC Sport and is personal assistant to Andrew’s sister Clare, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater) ladbrokes.com Stakes (2007 Buccellati), intercasino.co.uk St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), betchronicle.com Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Number of horses in training (2003-2010): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121; 136; 136; Wins in a Year (2003-2009): 54; 48; 40; 48; 39; 67; 68; Wins This Year: 47



FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.55pm THE ST HALLETT SHERGAR CUP STAYERS 2m
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below).Weights: highest weight 10st, minimum weight 8st 9lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182

1 BERNIE THE BOLT (IRE) (Bernie McGuire) Andrew Balding 4-9-13 Fran Berry (IRE) [9] 3/1 Fav
2 WOOLFALL TREASURE (Andrew Bradmore) Gary Moore v 5-10-00 Christophe Soumillon (EUR) [11] 9/1
3 COLLOQUIAL (Mrs David Blackburn & M Blackburn) Henry Candy v9-9-13 Umberto Rispoli (EUR) [4] 8/1
4 LADY ECLAIR (IRE) (Netherfield House Stud) Mark Johnston 4-10-00 Anton Marcus (ROW) [7]
5 BECAUSEWECAN (USA) (Douglas Livingston) Mark Johnston 4-9-09 Hayley Turner (GBR) [3]
6 BOW TO NO ONE (IRE) (Geoffrey Bishop & Jarvis Associates) Alan Jarvis 4-9-08 Richard Hughes (IRE) [6]
7 BENEDICT SPIRIT (Jason Tucker) John Flint p 5-9-01 Yasunari Iwata (ROW) [10]
8 HEVELIUS (The Warsaw Pact) Walter Swinburn 5-9-11 Alan Munro (GBR) [5]
9 SECRET TUNE (R Davies) Tom George 6-9-11 Pat Smullen (IRE) [1]
10 HERON BAY (Gwilym Morris) Peter Bowen p 6-9-13 Luke Nolen (ROW) [8]

10 ran Non-Runner: La Vecchia Scuola (Self Certificate - Lame - replaced by first reserve Benedict Spirit)
Time: 3m 30.86s Distances: 3¼, 2¾, hd, 3, nk, 14, 1½, 11, 5
Breeder: John Munnelly Breeding: br g Milan - Chaparral Lady (IRE) (Broken Hearted)
Tote Win: £4.30 Places: £1.70; £3.20; £2.30 Exacta: £38.10

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 4 AND LADBROKES LATEST ODDS
57 Europe 8/11
52 Ireland 5/4
30 Rest of the World 16/1
21 Great Britain 50/1

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 4
Fran Berry IRE 25
Christophe Soumillon EUR 25
Umberto Rispoli EUR 19
Pat Smullen IRE 17
Alan Munro GBR 15
Luke Nolen ROW 15
Olivier Peslier EUR 13
Richard Hughes IRE 10
Yasunari Iwata ROW 10
Hayley Turner GBR 6
Anton Marcus ROW 5
Jim Crowley GBR 0
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Derby with Mill Reef as well as a many other top races. Attended Radley College before obtaining a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, during this time he rode as an amateur and spent working holidays with trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dan Hendricks in California. After leaving Cirencester, joined uncle Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as amateur. In just over 100 rides he rode 20 winners under Rules, including The Horse and Hound Cup and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom. In 1997 joined Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter joined the Kingsclere team when Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home assist his father. Andrew is now married to Anna Lisa who works for JSC Sport and is personal assistant to Andrew’s sister Clare, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater), ladbrokes.com Stakes (2007 Buccellati), intercasino.co.uk St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), betchronicle.com Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Number of horses in training (2003-2010): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121; 136; 136; Wins in a Year (2003-2009): 54; 48; 40; 48; 39; 67; 68; Wins This Year: 48


FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.30pm THE MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE 1m 4f
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 75 and below). Weights: highest weight 9st 11lb, minimum weight 8st 9lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182

1 YORGUNNABELUCKY (Sheila Brookhouse) Mark Johnston p 4-9-03 Hayley Turner (GBR) [6] 9/1
2 EMERGING ARTIST (FR) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-9-10 Richard Hughes (IRE) [8] 2/1 Fav
3 SUBMARINER (USA) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-9-05 Jim Crowley (GBR) [12] 5/1
4 SAFARI SUNUP (IRE) (Peter Winkworth) Peter Winkworth 5-9-08 Yasunari Iwata (ROW) [2]
5 STRATEGIC MOUNT(P F I Cole Ltd) Paul Cole t 7-9-04 Anton Marcus (ROW) [9]
6 HATTON FLIGHT (David Brownlow) Andrew Balding v 6-9-11 Fran Berry (IRE) [11]
7 GRANSTON (IRE) (The Four Players Partnership) James Bethell 9-9-04 Alan Munro (GBR) [1]
8 SPIRIT IS NEEDED (IRE) (Joan Keaney) Mark Johnston b 4-9-09 Umberto Rispoli (EUR) [10]
9 MACARTHUR (Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum) Jane Chapple Hyam 6-9-10 Olivier Peslier (EUR) [4]
10 SEEKING THE BUCK (USA) (Malcolm Denmark) Ralph Beckett b 6-9-03 Christophe Soumillon (EUR) [3]

10 ran Time: 2m 35.71s Distances: 2¼, 3, 3¾, ¾, 1½, 1, 1¾, 4½
Breeder: March Thoroughbreds Breeding:b c Giant’s Causeway - Helsinki (Machiavellian (USA) )
Tote Win: £11.80 Places: £2.90, £1.80, £1.70 Exacta: £36.60

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 5 AND LADBROKES LATEST ODDS
62 Ireland 4/6
57 Europe 11/10
43 Great Britain nq
38 Rest of the World nq

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 5
Fran Berry IRE 25
Christophe Soumillon EUR 25
Hayley Turner GBR 21
Richard Hughes IRE 20
Umberto Rispoli EUR 19
Pat Smullen IRE 17
Alan Munro GBR 15
Luke Nolen ROW 15
Yasunari Iwata ROW 15
Olivier Peslier EUR 13
Anton Marcus ROW 8
Jim Crowley GBR 7
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (1): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Royal Ascot wins (32): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup) 1,000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2,000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a year (1987-2009): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; Wins in 2010: 147


SIXTH RACE RESULT
5.05pm THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT 6f
Class 2, Handicap, £30,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below).Weights: highest weight 9st 11lb, minimum weight 8st 9lb. Penalties: after July 31st, each race won 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,769; 2nd: £5,172; 3rd: £2,364; 4th: £1,845; 5th: £1,626; 6th: £1,182

1 GRAMERCY (IRE) (M B Hawtin) Michael Bell 3-9-06 Olivier Peslier (EUR) [6] 4/1
2 GENE AUTRY (USA) (Jenny Powell) Richard Hannon 3-9-11 Fran Berry (IRE) [1] 9/4 Fav
3 CAPERCAILLIE (USA) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-06 Anton Marcus (ROW) [10] 16/1
4 STAR ROVER (IRE) (Christy Leo, David Evans) David Evans 3-9-09 Pat Smullen (IRE) [4]
5 BELLA SWAN (Peter Harris) Walter Swinburn v3-9-06 Richard Hughes (IRE) [2]
6 FIREBACK (Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds VII) Andrew Balding 3-9-05 Alan Munro (GBR) [3]
7 JOE PACKET (Stuart McPhee) Jonny Portman 3-9-04 Yasunari Iwata (ROW) [12]
8 NOSEDIVE (EERC) Richard Guest 3-9-08 Luke Nolen (ROW) [9]
9 BELOW ZERO (IRE) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-10 Christophe Soumillon (EUR) [5]
10 RUM KING (USA)(Sir David Seale) Richard Hannon 3-9-10 Jim Crowley (GBR) [8]

10 ran Non-Runner: Deacon Blues (Self Certiciate - Going - replaced by first reserve Joe Packet)
Time: 1m 14.31s Distances: 1¼, 3¾, 3, nk, ¾, 4½, ½, nk, 15
Breeder: Michael Mullins Breeding: b c Whipper (USA) - Topiary (IRE) (Selkirk (USA))
Tote Win: £4.10 Places: £1.70, £1.40, £4.40 Exacta: £9.90

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE 6
80 Ireland - the winner
72 Europe
45 Rest of the World
43 Great Britain

STANDINGS FOR THE SILVER SADDLE AFTER RACE 6
Fran Berry IRE 35 - the winner
Olivier Peslier EUR 28
Christophe Soumillon EUR 25
Richard Hughes IRE 23
Pat Smullen IRE 22
Hayley Turner GBR 21
Umberto Rispoli EUR 19
Yasunari Iwata ROW 15
Anton Marcus ROW 15
Alan Munro GBR 15
Luke Nolen ROW 15
Jim Crowley GBR 7
Points are awarded on the following basis: 1st: 15 points; 2nd: 10 points; 3rd: 7 points; 4th: 5 points; 5th: 3 points - 4 points for a non-runner

Winning trainer:-Name: Bell, Michael Leopold Wentworth Date of birth: 10/10/60 Trains at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence:1989 First winner: Pass The Peace, Fred Darling Stakes, Newbury, April 14, 1989 Previous Occupation: Assistant for three years with Mercy Rimell, three years with Paul Cole and a period with Comte Roland de Chambure in France. British Classic Winners (2): Investec Derby (2005 Motivator), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska) Major wins include: Fred Darling Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace), Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar),July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Mill Reef Stakes (1994 Princely Hush), Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1992 A-To-Z), Prix Morny (1994 Hoh Magic), St Simon Stakes (1994 Persian Brave) Juddmonte Lockinge (2007 Red Evie), Hungerford Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (2009 Sariska), Darley Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska), totesport.com Middleton Stakes (2010 Sariska), Grand Prix de Chantilly (2010 Allied Powers) 1,000th Winner: Allied Powers, Grand Prix de Chantilly, June 6, 2010 Royal Ascot Wins (6): Windsor Castle Stakes (2002 Revenue); Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2007 Eddie Jock), Coventry Stakes (2008 Art Connoisseur), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2009 Art Connoisseur) First Goodwood win: Blockade (South Coast Radio Nursery, October 4, 1991) Total Goodwood wins: 16 (6 at July Meeting) Horses in training (1989-2010): 30: 47: 53: 65: 75: 79: 90: 88: 81: 77: 81: 95: 97: 94: 89: 92: 94: 89; 94; 107; 107; 109; Wins in a Year (1989-2009): 18; 21; 43; 39; 42; 55; 42; 46; 34; 41; 70; 52; 45; 52; 36; 55; 39; 46; 47; 72; 48; Wins This Year: 33











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