Delpech in the spotlight at Ascot’s Shergar Cup

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Delpech in the spotlight at Ascot’s Shergar Cup

ANTHONY DELPECH

Ascot – Anthony Delpech will have a tough act to follow at Ascot on Saturday when he rides for The Rest Of The World team in the Shergar Cup.

Last year the competition was dominated by Gavin Lerena, who rode two winners en route to leading the Rest of the World team to victory.

The points-based competition is played out between four teams each comprising three top riders representing Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Rest of the World and The Girls, all culminating in a thrilling six-race showdown.

The teams are:
Europe: Adrie de Vries (c), Alexander Pietsch, Umberto Rispoli

Girls: Emma-Jayne Wilson (c), Michelle Payne, Hayley Turner

Rest Of The World: Kerrin McEvoy (c), Anthony Delpech, Keita Tosaki

Great Britain & Ireland: Jamie Spencer (c), Fran Berry, Neil Callan

McEvoy is making his second appearance at the Shergar Cup and will captain the Rest of The World Team. Formerly a Godolphin stable jockey, the Australian guided Rule Of Law to victory in the 2004 St Leger at Doncaster and has ridden three winners at Royal Ascot. The 36-year-old captured the Melbourne Cup for the second time in November.

Delpech and Japan’s Keita Tosaki make their Shergar Cup and British debuts. Delpech, 48, was crowned champion jockey in South Africa last season and adds to his titles in 1998-1999 and 2002-03 while Tosaki, 37, has been the Japan Racing Association’s top rider for the last three years.

The Ladies team includes Canada’s Emma-Jayne Wilson, the most successful female jockey of all-time in her homeland, who is riding at her sixth Shergar Cup. She captained the Girls Team to a historic victory in 2015 and will be in charge again.

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