London – Frankie Dettori will miss Saturday’s Shergar Cup at Ascot in the UK – in order to ride at Newmarket on the same afternoon.
Organisers of the event were hoping the popular Italian would be available to ride for the European team at the weekend, but those hopes have been dashed as Dettori is required to ride for trainer John Gosden at Headquarters.
Dettori’s agent, Ray Cochrane, said: “Frankie’s going to Newmarket. John is going to have three runners there, including Princess Haya’s filly in the Group Three (Pennywhistle in the Sweet Solera Stakes). Hopefully Frankie will have seven rides. He can’t be everywhere, I’m afraid.”
In Dettori’s absence, veteran French jockey Gerald Mosse will captain the European team in the Shergar Cup, Ascot confirmed.
Mosse is joined by German jockey Andrasch Starke and Swedish rider Per-Anders Graberg.
This year there is no South African rider in the Rest of the World team, after S’manga Khumalo, Gavin Lerena and Anthony Delpech all featured in recent years. The 2018 team is made up of Yutaka Take of Japan, Australian Corey Brown and Brazilian Joao Moreira.
Fran Berry, Pat Cosgrave and Adam Kirby are the three riders representing the UK and Ireland.
Riding for the Girls team are Hayley Turner, Hollie Doyle and Josephine Gordon. – sportinglife.com