REST OF THE WORLD TEAM
Hayley Turner retains the Silver Saddle but Rest of the World land the team title.
Hayley Turner won the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for a second successive year, with the overall Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup crown went to to the Rest Of The World Team at Ascot.
A dramatic afternoon went down to the final race – the Sprint – and the Great Britain and Ireland Team ended the day with a winner as Jamie Spencer produced the William Haggas-trained Victory Day to secure a last-gasp victory.
The 7-4 favourite was given plenty to do, but fairly flew home to get up and beat Pass The Vino and Turner into second place, with Woven third under Yuga Kawada.
Hayley Turner completed Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup double aboard Mark Johnston’s 4-1 favourite Sapa Inca in the Classic.
Turning out just eight days after filling the runner-up spot at Glorious Goodwood, the three-year-old knuckled down in a driving finish to get the better of Never Do Nothing and Zahra by 0.75 lengths.
“She’s very tough and stayed at it well,” Turner added.
Earlier she got her name on the winner’s board after steering Eddystone Rock to a clear-cut win in the two-mile Stayers.
John Best’s 13-2 chance turned for home still full of running and after being given his head by Turner, he readily kicked 2.25 lengths clear of Theglasgowwarrior under Australian pilot Mark Zahra, with What A Welcome and Minarik in third.
Turner is making her 13th appearance in the annual team competition and last year claimed the Silver Saddle award for top rider. She said: “I just love it (the Shergar Cup). It’s such a fun day and obviously it’s nice when you’re riding winners as well.”
Zahra went one better aboard the James Given-trained Indianapolis in the Shergar Cup Challenge.
Formerly trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, the four-year-old has run some solid races in defeat for his new connections this year – most recently finishing fourth in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock.
Zahra’s fellow Rest Of The World Team member Vincent Ho looked to have got his fractions spot-on aboard last year’s winner Genetics in front, but 7-1 shot Indianapolis finished with a flourish to get up in the shadows of the post and deny the Hong Kong-based rider by 0.50 lengths. Mandarin, the 7-2 favourite, was a nose away in third under Minarik.
“It’s a great feeling. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time,” said Zahra. “The trainer told me the horse is a little bit quirky and told me not to get there too early or too late. It was just a matter of timing it and the horse on the outside (Mandarin) might have helped and given him a little urge late.”
Vincent Ho delighted favourite backers aboard Power Of Darkness in the Shergar Cup Mile. Having claimed a third career win on his latest appearance at Salisbury in June, Marcus Tregoning’s charge was the 11-4 market leader to follow up in a race the trainer claimed with Boom And Bust in 2012.
Via Serendipity, Zwayyan and Zhui Feng were all battling for the lead entering the final furlong, but having been ridden with restraint for much of the way, Power Of Darkness came home strongly on the outside to get up and score with something to spare. Zhui Feng and Mosse were a length away in second ahead of Zwayyan and Yuga Kawada in third, with Nicholas T and Jamie Spencer in fourth.
Ho said: “The rain came and once he settled, he showed a great turn of foot. He just relaxed behind horses and found room in the straight. “It’s like a dream come true to ride a winner here. I never imagined myself even riding in Ascot, so to get a chance here and have a winner, I’m delighted.” – Sportinglife.com