Ascot Racecard - Saturday 7th August - Shergar Cup

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DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP AND CONCERT Saturday 7th August 2021


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The Ultimate Team Event I am delighted to welcome you to Ascot for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. This renewal of what has become one of the most exci�ng days in the global racing calendar will see a talented line-up of world class jockeys in a points-based compe��on by four three-rider teams back at Ascot a�er last year’s cancella�on due to Covid-19 pandemic. This year, there will be a different line up of teams due to the complexi�es of interna�onal travel and they are: Great Britain, Ireland, Rest of the World and The Ladies team. Over the years, this ul�mate team event has maintained its posi�on as Ascot’s best a�ended fixture outside of the Royal mee�ng. The compe��ve spirit in which the event is played out embodies what Bri�sh racing’s only team event is all about, and it is clear that they are up for the challenge it represents. Despite the challenges of the past year, Dubai Duty Free has con�nued to operate its retail business at Dubai Interna�onal Airport and in June last year introduced a Home Delivery service for UAE residents, which has proven popular. In December 2020 we marked our 37th anniversary and recorded annual sales of US$697 million. I am very proud of the great efforts made by our team of staff and managers in the past year and I am very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Avia�on Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, for his ongoing support of our opera�on. Dubai Duty Free con�nued to invest in sports sponsorship over the past year and, despite most events being held behind closed doors, we were glad to support our partners and to con�nue to promote our brand and the city of Dubai. In addi�on to our sponsorship of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, we are looking forward to the Dubai Duty Free Interna�onal Raceday taking place at the historic Newbury Racecourse from 17th – 18th September, which marks the season finale of our horseracing sponsorship this year. Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish the connec�ons and riders of all the horses taking part today every success and thank you for choosing to come to Ascot and share in this unique racing occasion. I wish you all a pleasant day of racing and stay safe. COLM McLOUGHLIN Execu�ve Vice Chairman & CEO Dubai Duty Free


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1st Race 12.50pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap)

4th Race 2.35pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap)

This is a five furlongs handicap race for three-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 86 to 105. To qualify for a handicap rating horses must have run at least three times in a Flat race in Britain, or have run in no more than two Flat races run in Britain and won at least one of them. This rating then dictates the weight to be carried in a handicap. In simple terms a horse rated 105 in this particular race would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 100. PAGES 42-44

2nd Race 1.25pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap)

This is a two miles handicap race for three-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 81 to 100. Like all handicaps on today’s card this means that should a horse rated 100 take part they would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 95. PAGES 48-50

3rd Race 2.00pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap)

This is a one mile and four furlongs handicap race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 76 to 95. Like all handicaps on today’s card this means that should a horse rated 95 take part they would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 90.

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This is a one mile handicap race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 81 to 100. Like all handicaps on today’s card this means that should a horse rated 100 take part they would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 95. PAGES 58-60

5th Race 3.10pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap)

This is a one mile and four furlongs handicap race for three-year-olds which have been rated from 76 to 95. Like all handicaps on today’s card this means that should a horse rated 95 take part they would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 90. PAGES 64-66

6th Race 3.45pm The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap)

This is a six furlongs handicap race for three-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 81 to 100. Like all handicaps on today’s card this means that should a horse rated 100 take part they would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 95.


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18 ESTIMATE (IRE) (50) B f Monsun (Ger) - Ebaziya (IRE) (Darshaan) Owner: Trainer: Breeder:

The Queen Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket His Highness The Aga Khan’s Studs S. C.

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RYAN MOORE

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 8 11 Colours: PURPLE, GOLD braid, SCARLET sleeves, BLACK velvet cap, GOLD fringe. Form: 0/1133-1 C

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Lightly raced filly who won the 2m Queen’s Vase at this meeting last year and was back to winning ways on reappearance last month, again over this 2m when taking a Group 3 decisively; a touch more is needed but open to further progress and pedigree by stamina influence and a half-sister to Enzeli (by Kahyasi), winner of this in 1999 - is replete with stamina. Official BHA Rating 108

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1. Owner’s Silks (illustration) 2. Colour of horse B = Bay Br = Brown Ch = Chestnut Gr = Grey Ro = Roan 3. Horse’s Number on saddle cloth 4. Sex of horse c = colt f = filly g = gelding h = horse m = mare 5. Sire (Father) 6. Horse’s name 7. Dam (Mother) 8. Damsire (Grandfather) 9. Birthplace of horse (if not Great Britain) 10. Number of days since last ran 11. Draw 12. Form Guide 13. Racing Post star rating 14. Owner(s) 15. Trainer and location of training establishment 16. Breeder 17. Age of horse 18. Owner’s Colours (description) 19. Previous performances / = Denotes new season – = Denotes new year B = Brought down F = Fell P = Pulled Up U = Unseated rider 20. Form details C = Course winner D = Distance winner CD = Has won a race over the same distance at Ascot before. C D = Has at won a race at Ascot before but over a different distance. They have also won over today’s trip at another course. BF = Finished beaten favourite on their previous run.

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21. Weight (stones/pounds) 22. Official BHA Rating The BHA Handicappers allot ratings to horses once they have taken part in a sufficient number of races to enable the Handicappers to make a numerical assessment of each horse’s ability. The principal purpose of the ratings is to determine the weight to be carried by each runner in handicap races, with the Handicappers aiming to provide each participant with an equal chance based on its best recent form under its optimum conditions. A horse rated 100, for example, would be set to carry 1lb more than a horse rated 99 (ignoring penalties and allowances). The ratings published in the racecard for handicap races are the ratings that were used to calculate the weight to be carried by each horse, whilst in non-handicapped races the rating shown is that of each runner at the time that the entries for the race were confirmed. Any subsequently published change in rating, either up or down, is shown in brackets following the rating. For novice steeple chasers, their latest hurdle race rating may be shown until such time as the Handicappers allot a separate steeple chase rating. Such ratings are prefixed by the letter h. 23. Jockey’s name and photo If there is a number next to the name, this indicates that the jockey can claim that amount in weight (lbs) off the stated riding weight.

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A SHORT HISTORY ASCOT’S BEGINNINGS Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

THE FIRST RACECOURSE The racecourse was laid out by William Lowen, assisted by a team including a carpenter, a painter, and a racing administrator. The first permanent building was erected around 1794 by a local Windsor builder. Holding 1,650 people, it was used for almost fifty years.

It was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot (in those days called East Cote). Whilst out riding near Windsor Castle she came upon an area of open heath that looked, in her words, “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

In 1813, Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure, which ensured that Ascot Heath would be kept and used as a racecourse for the public in the future. Racing at Ascot was now secure.

THE FIRST RACE MEETING The first race meeting ever held at Ascot took place later that year, on Saturday 11th August. The inaugural event was Her Majesty’s Plate, worth 100 guineas and open to any horse, mare or gelding over six years of age. Each horse was required to carry a weight of 12 stone and the seven runners were all English hunters, rather different to the speedy thoroughbreds that race on the Flat today. The nature of the contest also bears little resemblance to modern day racing at Ascot. That race consisted of three separate heats, each four miles long – about the length of today’s Grand National course. The winning horse would have required tremendous stamina, but sadly there is no record of who claimed that first Plate. Queen Anne’s gift to racing, founding the Royal Racecourse, is marked by the tradition of opening Royal Ascot with the Queen Anne Stakes.

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ROYAL ASCOT The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939. The Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot, traditionally the busiest day of the week, when high fashion and exquisite millinery take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that Stradivarius just failed to emulate in 2021 having won the previous three renewals.


MANAGING ASCOT Although founded by a Queen and located on Crown property, the administration of Ascot is handled on behalf of the Crown by a representative appointed by the Monarch. Up until 1901, the racecourse was managed on the Sovereign’s behalf by the Master of the Royal Buckhounds. In 1901, Lord Churchill was appointed as His Majesty’s Representative, responsible for running the course and determining entrance to the Royal Enclosure. The Ascot Authority was established in 1913 by an Act of Parliament, with His Majesty’s Representative becoming Senior Trustee. Today, as Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, Ascot has a formal board chaired by Sir Francis Brooke Bt., who also serves as Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot. As an owner and breeder of racehorses, Her Majesty The Queen takes a keen interest in the races, and has had great success with her own horses over the years. The jockeys riding Her Majesty’s horses can be identified by The Queen’s racing colours: purple body with gold braid, scarlet sleeves, and black velvet cap with gold fringe – the same as those of King Edward VII and George IV as Prince Regent. During Royal Ascot, The Queen traditionally presents the Gold Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. New versions of these trophies are made each year and presented to the winners to keep. Ascot Racecourse closed for a £200 million redevelopment in 2004, and was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 20th June 2006. HIGHLIGHTS AT ASCOT SINCE 2006 There have been several landmark occasions since Ascot Racecourse reopened in 2006 and none more memorable than two special Gold Cup days – when Yeats completed his four-timer of Gold Cup wins in 2009 and when The Queen herself won the stayers’ championship with Estimate in 2013.

In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the culmination of the European elite Flat racing season. The great Frankel won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day in 2011, and the curtain came down on the career of officially the best horse of all time when he won the Champion Stakes a year later. Sir Henry Cecil’s pride and joy won five of his remarkable unbeaten run of 14 races at Ascot in all. 2012 also saw Ascot at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won by the great Australian mare, Black Caviar. Ascot has continued to cement its reputation as Europe’s premier destination for the best horses in the world. In recent years it is the Americans who have had most success, with Tepin’s win in the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes and Lady Aurelia’s King’s Stand Stakes victory the following year being notable highlights. The latter filly was trained by Wesley Ward, who has now saddled 12 winners at the Royal Meeting. It is not just international horses which Ascot is known for, of course. Jockeys also come from all over the world to ride here – perhaps most notably at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, a unique fixture in the global racing calendar which each year sees many of world’s top jockeys compete for points to lift racing’s ultimate team prize, with four teams battling it out across a thrilling six-race contest. While the grandeur of the Royal Meeting takes centre stage each June, Ascot is also renowned for hosting Europe’s premier midsummer middle-distance contest the following month. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes has been won by many of racing’s most distinguished champions including Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Galileo and - most recently - the remarkable mare Enable, who in July 2020 made history by becoming the first horse to win three renewals of this prestigious prize. A S H O RT H I STO RY

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ASCOT FLAT SEASON 2021 LEADING PARTICIPANTS Updated throughout the season, the below tables highlight the leading jockeys, trainers and owners at Ascot in the current season. Standings include up to and including Saturday 24th July

JOCKEYS

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WILLIAM BUICK OISIN MURPHY RYAN MOORE DAVID PROBERT FRANKIE DETTORI

8 43 WINS: 7 RIDES: 39 WINS: 5 RIDES: 43 WINS: 4 RIDES: 23 WINS: 4 RIDES: 34 WINS: RIDES:

STRIKE-RATE:

19%

STRIKE-RATE:

18%

STRIKE-RATE:

12%

STRIKE-RATE:

17%

STRIKE-RATE:

12%

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JOHN & THADY WINS: 8 RUNNERS: 43 GOSDEN ANDREW WINS: 6 RUNNERS: 45 BALDING CHARLIE WINS: 5 APPLEBY RUNNERS: 25 KARL WINS: 3 BURKE RUNNERS: 18 WILLIAM WINS: 3 RUNNERS: 21 HAGGAS

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STRIKE-RATE:

19%

STRIKE-RATE:

13%

STRIKE-RATE:

20%

STRIKE-RATE:

17%

STRIKE-RATE:

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GODOLPHIN SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY LTD

WINS: 7 RUNNERS: 41

STRIKE-RATE:

17%

WINS: 4 STRIKE-RATE: RUNNERS: 24 17% WINS: 3 RUNNERS: 4

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MISS K RAUSING

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THE WOODWAY 20

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J LAUGHTON & MRS E BURKE

WINS: 2 RUNNERS: 3

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WINS: 2 RUNNERS: 2

WINS: 2 RUNNERS: 2

STRIKE-RATE:

75%

STRIKE-RATE:

100%

STRIKE-RATE:

67%

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CHIPOTLE

WINS: 2 RUNNERS: 2

ROHAAN

WINS: 2 RUNNERS: 2

STRIKE-RATE:

100%

STRIKE-RATE:

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STRIKE-RATE:

100%

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HOW THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP WORKS

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is the world’s premier international jockeys’ competition where four teams: Great Britain & Ireland, The Girls, Europe and the Rest of the World battle it out to win the coveted Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. The six handicaps offer free entry and are limited to 10 runners, with either two or three horses racing for each team. Subject to full fields, each jockey has five rides across the afternoon. This is to ensure that in the event of an injury, there is a spare jockey on each team who can assume mounts. Points are awarded on a 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 basis to the first five horses home. If there is a non-runner which cannot be replaced by a reserve (two for each race) 4 points will be awarded both to the team and jockey missing out on the ride. If a dead-heat occurs in a race, the points for the two places are added together, divided by two and shared between the two jockeys/teams. The team with the highest total after race six lifts the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup while the jockey amassing the most individual points will take home an additional £3,000 plus the Alistair Haggis “Silver Saddle” trophy.

One jockey will receive the Dubai Duty Free Ride Of The Day Award. If there is a tie for the Team or Silver Saddle competitions, there will be a countback on the number of winners and the team/jockey with the most winners will be adjudged the winner overall; if they are still level, then second places will be counted, then if necessary third places and then if necessary fourth places. If they are still level, there will be joint winners. Ascot Racecourse will also distribute almost £7,000 in awards for stable staff throughout the day. Each race there will be a £200 prize for the best turned out and £200 to the staff member responsible for the winning horse, with £100 to staff members responsible for 2nd to 5th placed horses. There will also be a £2,000 bonus prize paid to the most successful stable based on total Shergar Cup points. This is the 20th edition Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot. The event was first staged at Ascot in 2000.

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“I feel great pride in looking after ‘my’ horses and enjoy every minute.” Racing Grooms are vital to our industry. Here you can find out what our Careers in Racing Content Creator, JoJo does on a daily basis. She works at Jonjo O’Neill Racing. My day starts very early, 4:40am my alarm goes off. I normal hit the snooze at least once or twice but I need to be up by 5:00am! Before work, I go and care for my own ex-racehorse and I try to be at work for 5:45am. I work away from the main yard, down the “pens”, which is where horses are trained from the field. I look after nine horses there so my first duty is to give them all their breakfast. I also check their legs for any signs of injury or heat, check they’re not too hot and watch for lameness and other ailments. I then muck them out and usually try to be there when the riders come, to answer questions or tell them anything they need to know. My first lot is when everyone’s else second lot so I’m gathering my rubbers and girth sleeves in preparation whilst everyone is coming back in. I might empty the washing machines and hang the contents up to dry if I have time. I tend to ride out three to four lots before lunch, by which time I’m starving. Afternoon stables doesn’t officially start until 3:30pm but I usually start early as I’m busy down the pens. I have to fill up the feed bin and feed the field horses too. I don’t brush the horses much as they’re happy covered in mud and time doesn’t allow me to but I pick out their hooves, again checking all is OK and cream any sore heels. I make sure to refresh their water and the final task I do is feed them all. Any day is subject to change due to racing or any other driving jobs, especially vet runs or maybe some emergencies. I feel great pride in looking after ‘my’ horses and enjoy every minute. You can read more careers stories on the Case Studies pages on the Careers in Racing site. Need more information or would like some careers advice? Feel free to contact the team via our social media channels @careersinracing or email info@careersinracing.com. If you are looking for a job in horseracing, visit www.careersinracing.com/jobs to see the live opportunities currently available. 16

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THE ASCOT ENQUIRY Cieren Fallon Cieren Fallon’s career has been on an upwards trajectory since winning his first race back in 2018. His magical partnership with the Roger Teal trained-Oxted led to his first Royal Ascot victory in the King’s Stand Stakes in June. His father, Kieran Fallon, may be a legend of the sport but Cieren is forging his own path and making his own mark and makes his first appearance in the Shergar Cup today. We find out a little more about Cieren, his fantasy dinner guests and the one horse his father won on that he would like to ride. 1. What is your earliest Ascot memory? Riding in the Windsor Castle Stakes as a 7lb claimer. Before that it would coming to the races with Dad. 2. This is your first Shergar Cup, are you looking forward to riding as part of a team? I am very excited and looking forward to being part of the team. It’s a unique day and I am looking forward to being on a team with two exceptional jockeys that I have always looked up to. 3. Name the one race at Ascot you would most like to win? I would love to win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day, it has the best milers in the whole world, including past winners such as the mighty Frankel. 4. Growing up, did you always want to be a jockey? No, I didn’t, it wasn’t until I was 17 that I made that choice and it’s the best decision I have ever made. 5. What is one thing that readers will not know about you? That I am a twin! 6. What is the best piece of advice you have been given? To remember where I came from and remember who helped me along the way. 7. If you could ride one winner from your Dad’s career, which horse would you choose and why? It would be Dylan Thomas in the Prix de l‘Arc de Triomphe. Dad always tells me that he was one of the best horses he has ever ridden, and it is the race I would most love to win. 8. You can invite fivc famous guests to enjoy a box on Shergar Cup day, who would you invite, past or present? Connor McGregor, Cristiano Ronaldo, Floyd Mayweather jnr, Lestor Piggott and Lewis Capaldi. 9. If you could compete in an Olympic sport, which sport would you choose?Boxing, it is one of the most interesting sports and the only sport I follow in the Olympics. 10. If you could pick one jockey to ride in the ‘Rest of the World’ team, which overseas jockey would you invite? The American jockey Mike Smith. He is a legend of the sport and his CV is ridiculous, still riding Group 1 winners at the age of 55, he is world class.

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TEAM COLOURS

Adam Kirby

Sean Levey

Cieren Fallon

Kevin Stott

James Doyle

Andrea Atzeni

Ascot Racecourse and Dubai Duty Free would like to thank all today’s owners, ITV Racing, Sky Sports Racing and the Racehorse Owners Association who are supporting the unique event that is the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.

Hayley Turner

Joe Fanning

Nicola Currie

Mickaelle Michel

David Egan

Tadhg O’Shea

Within each team, the silks vary as illustrated, to enable the commentators, officials, racegoers and viewers at home to identify the individual riders. To all owners, good luck and thank you.

The Great Britain team are wearing light blue and black today, with the Girls in cerise and black, the Rest of the World in yellow and black, and Ireland in green and black.

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THE GREAT RACING WELFARE CYCLE

Today we are raising awareness for The Great Racing Welfare Cycle which is taking place in two weeks’ time and which will see 27 cyclists embark on an inspiring challenge - cycling the length of the country over five days, all in aid of Racing Welfare. The ride will start at Carlisle Racecourse on 17th August and finish at Newton Abbot Racecourse on 21st August, covering around 100 miles a day. Both the start and end of the ride coincide with race days so participants will get a roaring send-off and warm welcome at either end of the event. The event is being supported by “pie”, who are experts in long distance cycling events and will be on hand 24/7 to support the riders in completing their challenge. The demand for Racing Welfare’s services LAUREN BRAITHWAITE continues to rise. In 2020 more than 4,533 people received support from the charity through more than 10,000 individual support sessions. In order to provide these vital services which have never been more needed, Racing Welfare needs to raise more than £2.2 million each year. Racing Welfare are only able to operate through the generosity and support of those who, like them, care about the people who work to make our day at the races possible. All the funds raised will help Racing Welfare meet the growing demand for support for racing’s workforce, whose dedication and commitment makes the sport possible. You can support the riders by texting CYCLE followed by the donation amount* to 70560. Texts cost donation amount plus one standard rate message *Max donation per text is £20

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GREAT BRITAIN JAMES DOYLE Third appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup – rode a winner in both 2012 and 2013. Almost quit the saddle in 2010 due to a lack of opportunities but has since established himself as one of the top riders in Britain. Had a 15-month spell as first jockey to Khalid Abdullah, during which time he rode brilliant miler Kingman, before accepting a retainer with current employer Godolphin in November 2014. Has won major G1 contests across Europe as well as in Australia, Dubai and North America. His Group 1 haul at Royal Ascot includes three Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, two St James’s Palace Stakes and a Gold Cup.

CIEREN FALLON Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Son of six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon. Had not sat on a racehorse prior to attending the British Racing School in Newmarket as a 17-year-old. Crowned Britain’s Champion Apprentice in 2019 and 2020. Appointed second jockey to Qatar Racing on a two-year deal in August 2020. Teamed up with Oxted for a first Group 1 success in the 2020 July Cup at Newmarket and registered first Royal Ascot win on same horse in 2021 G1 King’s Stand Stakes. ADAM KIRBY Second appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup after debut in 2018. Four-time winner of the All-Weather Champion Jockey title – 2012/13, 2013/14, 2016/17 & 2018/19. First Group 1 success came aboard Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2013. Further Group 1 glory followed at the Royal Meeting in 2016 with a memorable double on Profitable in the King’s Stand Stakes and My Dream Boat in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Enjoyed first British Classic victory on Godolphin’s Adayar in the 2021 Derby. Manages Vicarage Farm pre-training facility, located just outside Newmarket, with partner Megan.

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JAMES DOYLE

CIEREN FALLON ADAM KIRBY CAPTAIN


REST OF THE WORLD KEVIN STOTT

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Danish-born rider. Father Ken was a jockey-turned trainer and older brother Marc is a multiple Classic-winning trainer in Scandinavia. Moved to Britain in 2012 to ride as an apprentice for current boss Kevin Ryan. Biggest day of career so far came at Royal Ascot in 2020 when he enjoyed a big-race double on Hello Youmzain in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Hey Jonesy in the Wokingham Handicap. SEAN LEVEY Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Born in Swaziland and relocated to Ireland with his family in 2001. Spent six years as an apprentice with trainer Aidan O’Brien. Moved to the UK in 2011 and landed a job with Richard Hannon. Waited until 2018 for a first Group 1 success on the Hannon-trained Billesdon Brook in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. At 66/1, she remains the longest-priced winner in the Classic’s history. Further big race wins have followed on King Of Change in the 2019 G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and Snow Lantern in last month’s G1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

ANDREA ATZENI Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Grew up on the Italian region of Sardinia, the same island where Frankie Dettori hails from. Relocated to Milan as a 15-year-old to work for trainer Alduino Botti; moved to Newmarket two years later to link up with Aduino’s son Marco. Formerly stable jockey to Roger Varian, for whom he won the 2014 G1 St Leger on Kingston Hill, and Qatar Racing, for whom he captured the same Classic in 2015 with Simple Verse. Now retained rider for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum; rode the owner’s Postponed to win the 2015 G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes before partnering the same horse to further G1 glory in the following year’s Dubai Sheema Classic, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International. Notched his 1,000th victory in the UK at Haydock Park in September 2020. 24 THE TEAMS


KEVIN STOTT

ANDREA ATZENI SEAN LEVEY CAPTAIN


LADIES HAYLEY TURNER The all-time leading rider at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. From 13 appearances, Turner has racked up eight wins and 297 points. She won the Alistair Haggis “Silver Saddle” in 2018 and 2019. Shared Britain’s Champion Apprentice title with Saleem Golam in 2005. In 2008, she became the first woman to ride 100 winners in a calendar year. Became the first female rider to win a domestic Group 1 outright when partnering Dream Ahead to victory in the 2011 July Cup at Newmarket, one of three G1 wins for the jockey. Retired from race-riding at the end of the 2015 season before making a comeback in 2018. *egistered a first Royal Ascot success on Thanks Be in the 2019 Sandringham Handicap, making her just the second woman to ride a winner at the Royal Meeting after Gay Kelleway in 1987.

MICKAËLLE MICHEL Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Yet to ride in the UK but has competed across Europe, the Middle East and Japan. In 2018, she was France’s Champion Apprentice with 72 victories, the most wins in a calendar year by a female jockey in France. Enjoyed a prolific stint on Japan’s NAR circuit last year, setting a record for wins (30) recorded by a foreign jockey on a short-term licence. Biggest success to date came last autumn aboard Walderbe in Italy’s G2 Premio Jockey Club, a horse she also rode to finish second behind Subjectivist on Dubai World Cup Night in March.

NICOLA CURRIE Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Entered the racing industry at 19 with a background in show jumping, initially working in her native Scotland for Jump trainer Lucinda Russell. Moved to Lambourn to pursue a career on the Flat where she garnered support from Jamie Osborne and Richard Hughes. There was exactly two years between her first winner at Kempton Park on December 20, 2016, aged 23, and her 100th success at Southwell on the same date in 2018. Lifted the 2018/19 All-Weather Champion Apprentice title with 30 winners. Biggest wins to date have come at Ascot for Osborne, taking valuable heritage handicaps on Raising Sand in 2018 and 2019.

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NICOLA CURRIE

MICKAËLLE MICHEL HAYLEY TURNER CAPTAIN


IRELAND TADGH O’SHEA Second appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup after debut in 2019. Ireland’s Champion Apprentice in 2001 and 2002. The most successful jockey of all time in the UAE with over 600 winners. Won the UAE Jockeys’ Championship for a record ninth time in 2021. Registered biggest win in the UAE on Secret Ambition in the G2 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup Night in March. Tasted Royal Ascot success on Ouqba in the 2009 G3 Jersey Stakes during his stint as second jockey to the late Hamdan Al Maktoum.

JOE FANNING Second appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup after debut in 2016. Elder statesman of the weighing room who initially rode over jumps before switching to the Flat following a neck injury. Has ridden a winner at every Flat course in Britain. Two-time winner of the All-Weather Champion Jockey title – 2009/10 & 2011/12. Had to wait until September 2016 for a first Group 1 success on The Last Lion in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Celebrated his 2,500th winner on the Flat in Britain at Redcar on August 24, 2019, one of only two current riders to reach that figure alongside Frankie Dettori. Guided Subjectivist to a dominant success in the feature G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this year.

DAVID EGAN Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Son of jockey John Egan and nephew of former champion jockey Richard Hughes. Linked up with Roger Varian in Newmarket after finishing school and was Britain’s Champion Apprentice in 2017 with 53 winners. Registered a first Royal Ascot victory on Daahyeh in the 2019 G3 Albany Stakes. Retained by owner Prince Faisal in 2020 – rewarded that faith earlier this year with victories on Mishriff in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, and the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup Night.

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DAVID EGAN

TADHG O’SHEA JOE FANNING CAPTAIN


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THE SCORING SYSTEM Points are awarded to the first five horses home in each of the six races 1st place……15 3rd place……7 5th place……3

2nd place……10 4th place……5

There are 40 points available per race – a total of 240 points for all six races, plus 4 points for non-runners (see below). DEAD-HEAT In the event of a dead-heat, each horse will receive an equal share of the aggregrate number of points for that finishing position and the subsequent finishing position. NON-RUNNERS Horses may be declared as a non-runner up to 45 minutes before each race. In this event, the place on that team will be taken Team Europe Race 1 - 1.05pm

by one of the two reserve horses in racecard order. If no reserves are available, the team represented by the non-runner and the individual jockey will automatically be awarded four extra points. If you want to bet on the team competition, Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle or an individual jockey in each race, Bet With Ascot are offering betting on these markets or you can visit the Betfred shop on the Concourse in the Grandstand. MAKE A NOTE OF THE SCORES The master scoreboard is in front of the Grandstand on the other side of the track. There is also a second smaller scoreboard on the edge of the Parade Ring, but if you’d prefer to keep note of the scores yourself, simply fill out the chart below. Team “The Girls”

Team ROW

Team GB & Ireland

Dash

Running total Race 2 - 1.40pm

Stayers

Running total Race 3 - 2.15pm

Challenge

Running total Race 4 - 2.50pm

Mile

Running total Race 5 - 3.25pm

Classic

Running total Race 6 - 4.00pm

Sprint

GRAND TOTAL

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REMEMBERING SHERGAR Shergar’s name is etched in racing folklore as much for his headline-grabbing disappearance as for his exceptional performances on the racecourse, the most scintillating of those being his recordbreaking victory in the 1981 Derby and imperious triumph in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot the following month. Infamously kidnapped following his retirement to stud in Ireland, the Aga Khan’s colt was one of the finest Derby winners of the 20th century and without argument the best racehorse of his generation with a lofty Timeform rating of 140. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket, Shergar won impressively on his first start as a two-year-old before finishing second to the more experienced Beldale Flutter on his only other outing in what is now the Vertem Futurity Trophy. Having been rated 31st among his peers in the 1980 European Free Handicap (now World Thoroughbred Rankings), Shergar commenced his Classic season as a 33/1 ante-post chance for the Derby. Those odds tumbled after a 10-length victory in Sandown’s Classic Trial which was followed by a 12-length demolition of the field in the Chester Vase.

elders by the same distance in Britain’s premier all-age middle-distance contest, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The stage was set for an autumn hurrah in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp but in an unexpected twist, connections decided to take in the St Leger at Doncaster. The extended mile and three quarters of the world’s oldest Classic proved beyond Shergar’s stamina reserves and he could fare no better than fourth. That defeat was to be Shergar’s final race. Valued at £10 million (a huge amount then so one can only begin to imagine what his modern day value would have been), the colt retired to the Aga Khan’s Ballymany Stud in Ireland, but on February 8, 1983, hooded gunmen seized the stallion. A £2 million ransom was demanded and refused. Shergar’s fate remains a mystery, but he is remembered in many ways around the world, including today at Ascot, with the world’s premier jockeys’ competition honouring the greatest racehorse of the 1980s.

Shergar lined up at Epsom as the 10/11 favourite for Derby glory. He did not disappoint his supporters as he once again accelerated away from inferior rivals to register a stunning 10-length success - the widest winning margin in the long history of the race. With the Epsom Classic in the bag, Shergar went to The Curragh and added the Irish Derby by four lengths before routing his 32 REMEMBERING SHERGAR

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R AC E 1 12.50PM THE DUBAI DUTY FREE S H E R G A R C U P DA S H RACE FINISH

(CLASS 2 HANDICAP)

RACE START

STALLS: CENTRE Five furlongs (5f ) (1,000 metres) for three yrs old and upwards Totalracevalue£42000.OwnersPrizeMoney.Winner£16199;Second£6174;Third£2822;Fourth£2205;Fifth£1940; Sixth£1411;Seventh£1147;Eighth£882;Ninth£617;Tenth£441.(PenaltyValue£20655.60)Weightsraised1lbandparagraphs 27to31oftheWeightsandHandicappingCodecompliedwithwhereapplicable.5EliminatedUnderRules(I)9and(I)10.SS

See page 70 for conditions of this race.

Dubai Duty Free will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

STO N E O F D E ST I N Y (G B ) (8)

Draw Draw

No Horse

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B g Acclamation - Irishstone (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Horse Age: 6 Weight: 10 0 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Biddestone Stud panel, stars on sleeves, PURPLE cap. Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd Form: 023046 CD

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Jockey Andrea Atzeni

HHHHThewinnerofthecorrespondingracein2019whengettingupinthelaststrideoffa6lblowermark;impressiveinlastseason’s Portland at Doncaster and although he’s yet to put his head in front this season, he’s looked better than ever in defeat; doesn’t always help himself (oftenslowlyaway)buthe’s veryusefulonhisdayandabigrunshouldbeonthecardsbackinhandicapcompany. OfficialBHARating103

SNAZZY JAZZY (IRE) (28)

Draw

2

B h Red Jazz (USA) - Bulrushes (Byron) Owner: Mr Ian Buckley Trainer: Lawrence Mullaney, Malton Breeder: Bluegate Stud

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Cieren Fallon

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 10 0 Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular panel, hooped sleeves, RED cap. Form: 2355-04

HH Relatively low mileage for a 6yo sprinter, capable of very useful form for Clive Cox (Group 3 winner in France and also won the Ayr Silver Cup); he has faced stiff tasks in his two runs for new connections, well beaten in the Wokingham after eight months off but showing he retained ability with a Listed fourth at York four weeks ago (5f, good); this trip looked plenty sharp enough though and it may be back over 6f that he makes his mark. Official BHA Rating 103

T I S M A RV E L LO U S (G B ) (1 5 )

Draw

3

B g Harbour Watch (IRE) - Mythicism (Oasis Dream) Owner: Miss J. Deadman & Mr S. Barrow Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 13 Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Crossfields Bloodstock Ltd panel, hooped sleeves, GREY cap. Sponsor: Clive Cox Racing Limited Form: 20-0443 CD

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Kevin Stott

HHHH Boasts some smart course form, winning this race in 2018 and a valuable handicap over C&D in July 2019; two good C&D runs last month and he looks very likely to give his running once again. Official BHA Rating 102

TO N E T H E B A R O N E ( G B ) ( 1 2 7 )

Draw

4

Ch g Lope de Vega (IRE) - A Huge Dream (IRE) (Refuse To Bend (IRE)) Owner: Mr B Piper and Partner Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 Trainer: Stuart Williams, Newmarket Colours: CERISE, Breeder: ORS Bloodstock & Stanley House Stud BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Tote Form: 1-12310 CD

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Hayley Turner

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5

C O U N T D ’ O R S AY ( I R E ) ( 6 )

Draw

HHH Fine strike-rate in handicaps, including a C&D success last September; looked better than ever on the AW this winter and although he was only seventh on his latest start, it was still a good effort having made the running over 6f; 5lb higher than for his last handicap success and he’s coming here off a four-month absence; well short of his best in one run on slower than good so rain perhaps not ideal. Official BHA Rating 100

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B g Dandy Man (IRE) - Deira (USA) (Green Desert (USA)) Owner: Ambrose Turnbull & John Cruces Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 9 Trainer: Tim Easterby, Malton Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK Breeder: Corrin Stud triangular panel, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap. Sponsor: Easthorpe Hall Stud Form: 030506 D

HHH Winless this season but he’s generally performed with great credit; poorly drawn at Chester last time and that effort easy enough to excuse; rain would be in his favour and he’s not ruled out. Official BHA Rating 98

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1 A L JA DY ( F R ) ( 1 8 )

B g Bated Breath - No Truth (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) Owner: Mrs J. Morley Trainer: Robert Cowell, Newmarket Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing Sponsor: Al Basti Equiworld

Draw

6

4

Mickaelle Michel

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 6 Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular panel, hooped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Form: 256006 D BF

HHH Won four times last year, his first season with Robert Cowell, and he went desperately close in a small field on his reappearance in April (6f, AW); hasn’t built on that in subsequent outings but he’s slipped in the weights and he won’t mind mind what the weather does. Official BHA Rating 95

D E S E R T S A FA R I ( I R E ) ( 7 )

Draw

7

8

B g Slade Power (IRE) - Risen Sun (Shamardal (USA)) Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 6 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Godolphin panel, stars on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 000030 D

James Doyle

HHHHH He has done the bulk of his racing over further but he beat Stone Of Destiny over 5f at Goodwood in May and travelled powerfully when third back at that track 11 days ago (5f, soft); looked a big threat in the Stewards’ Cup four days later but tied up in the closing stages to finish a 3l-seventh; he’s been going through his races like a horse with more to give and perhaps getting back on a sounder surface will help; one to consider. Official BHA Rating 95

M AG I CA L S P I R I T ( I R E ) ( 4 2 )

Draw

8

Ch g Zebedee - La Dame de Fer (IRE) (Mr Greeley (USA)) Owner: Hambleton Racing Ltd XXXII Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 Trainer: Kevin Ryan, Hambleton Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: S.E.B/stock,W.J. B/stock& Norrismount BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Hambleton Racing Ltd Form: 414-306 D

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Adam Kirby

3

9

A P LO M B ( I R E ) (82 )

B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Mickleberry (IRE) (Desert Style (IRE)) Owner: Mrs Fiona Carmichael Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam, Newmarket Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Anglia Bloodstock Ltd & Mr C. Humber BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Fine & Country Jersey Ltd Form: 1050-2F BF

Draw

HHH Progressive last year, the highlight his commanding all-the-way success in the Ayr Silver Cup (6f, good to soft); hasn’t built on an encouraging comeback at Doncaster, but slipping in the weights and not written off now back at 5f. Official BHA Rating 92

9

Joe Fanning

HHH 6f probably his optimum trip and some rain wouldn’t go amiss; useful on his day though and he made a pleasing stable debut at Newbury in May; off the track since stumbling and falling in the shadow of the post at Windsor 82 days ago (would have finished third). Official BHA Rating 92 Draw

1 0 K I N G O F S TA R S ( I R E ) ( 1 1 )

Gr g Starspangledbanner (AUS) - Glowing Star (IRE) (Clodovil (IRE)) Owner: Mr William Esdaile Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 Trainer: Michael Appleby, Oakham Colours: YELLOW, Breeder: Churchtown House Stud & Liam Butler BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Trade Access Panels Ltd Form: 431220 D BF

2

Sean Levey

3

11R

FIRST EDITION (IRE) (56)

B or Br g Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Remember (Selkirk (USA)) Owner: Mrs Annette O’Callaghan Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Form: 4140-30 D Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

Draw

HHH Done well for this stable, winning three times and showing better form when second of 14 at Newmarket last month; got bogged down at Goodwood 11 days ago and the return to a faster surface needs to spark him back to his very best. Official BHA Rating 92

5

RESERVE

3

HH Useful 2yo, finishing fourth in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes (6f, good) at Newbury on his third start; not hit the same heights in two runs this time around, gelded after the latest effort; cheekpieces enlisted for the first time; reserve. Official BHA Rating 95

M O K A AT I L ( G B ) ( 7 )

Draw

12R

Br g Lethal Force (IRE) - Moonlit Garden (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) Owner: Midtech Horse Age: 6 Weight: 8 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Form: 401500 D Breeder: Biddestone Stud Sponsor: Mid-Tech (Air Products) Ltd

10

RESERVE

11

HHH Capable on his day and produced a power-packed finish to win the Epsom Dash in June; not always had the cards fall right since then but he wouldn’t be a forlorn hope if getting a run; declared 3.45 Musselburgh Friday; reserve. Official BHA Rating 86

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1 Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 11. Visor worn by No. 12. Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 4. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 6, 10. Running for the first time since Gelding No. 11. Record Time: 57.44 secs by Miss Andretti age 6 wt 9-1 good to firm, 19/06/07 Median Time: 1 min 0.70 secs

Stewards Note: APLOMB: Following its run on 17/5/2021 it was reported that the horse stumbled on the run-in. KING OF STARS: Following its run on 27/7/2021 it was reported that the horse would prefer a faster surface. 2020: NO CORRESPONDING MEETING LAST YEAR

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RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST:

5-1 Tis Marvellous (GB), 6-1 Stone of Destiny (GB), 13-2 Aljady (FR), Desert Safari (IRE), 7-1 Tone The Barone (GB), 8-1 Aplomb (IRE), 9-1 Count d’Orsay (IRE), Magical Spirit (IRE), King of Stars (IRE), 10-1 Snazzy Jazzy (IRE)

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THE ALISTAIR HAGGIS SILVER SADDLE BY CLOSE FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MIKE VINCE If I came down from the commentary gantry at the end of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and wanted to speak to Alistair, I knew exactly where to look - he’d be watching the Closing Ceremony in the quietest corner he could find, well away from the spotlight. That was Alistair. A man who would, and often did work morning noon and night to make sure a project was successful, and then be positively the last person to step forward and accept the acclaim that was rightly due. Alistair loved racing, loved racing people and loved Ascot Racecourse. He had some of the finest PR skills I have ever come across in anyone I have dealt with in any sport, and his tireless work with his colleagues at the International Racing Bureau with trainers and jockeys is quite simply a cornerstone of why the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup has become what it is today. It became tradition for there to be a Production Meeting in the days ahead of the Shergar Cup, in “Studio 6” we used to call it (though in reality a local restaurant), where we would talk through plans for the day. The rest of us would then head home but for Alistair it was straight back to work. I still have some of the 3am emails he sent with answers to any issues. When the QIPCO British Champion Series started it came as no surprise to hear Alistair was on the team as PR Manager. Rod Street, the CEO of that organisation, knew his work was peerless and that he held the respect of the media. Quite simply the hand of Haggis was always the seal of success. Devoted to his beloved Arsenal, Ali thrilled us all when marriage to Nim led to the arrival of son Alfie, on whom he doted. That such happiness should have been followed after such a short time by the cruelty of his illness and

Hayley Turner, winner of last year’s Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle.

inevitable passing from Motor Neurone Disease in 2014 has been hard for his friends and family to bear. Being able to say you were a friend of Alistair Haggis will always be something to cherish, and I’ll admit before my days work in the commentary box is done this afternoon, my eyes will go skywards. It was an appropriate gesture by Ascot and Dubai Duty Free in 2015 to have the Silver Saddle named in Alistair’s honour, and it is wonderful we can welcome his family to the place he called ‘home’ for so many happy years to present the trophy.

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ASCOT MEETS: MICKAËLLE MICHEL

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Growing up near Marseille in the South of France, horse riding didn’t play a part in Mickaëlle’s life until she was 10 years old, so her rise to fame has been nothing short of miraculous. Going against her parent’s wishes, Mickaëlle knew which path she wanted to follow, “I always loved horses and had decided I wanted to work in some way with them, but my parents did not agree with me as they didn’t like or ride horses.” “I discovered the local jockey school and decided it was the perfect job for me as it combined sport, competition and horses.” Mickaëlle has grabbed every opportunity that has come her way; not only has she had huge success in her homeland, but she has travelled the world to pursue her passion. She most recently found herself breaking records in Japan, winning 30 races whilst on a short-term license, the highest number of wins ever achieved in this situation. Mickaëlle has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Japan and was set to return before the current worldwide pandemic put paid to that, but Mickaëlle is determined to return. “I love the atmosphere in Japan, there are always really large crowds, and the Japanese people love racing.” As well as the change in language between Japan and France there are also many differences with racing. “Many things are different between Japan and France. First, Japanese races go very fast, lot of rhythm and many races on the dirt. Also, the organisation is different. In Japan, the horses walk in the parade ring 30 minutes before the race, so the jockeys have to prepare 3 8 A SCOT M E E T S


their saddles very early, in France you can do it between races.” The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will be Mickaëlle’s first race riding experience in the UK, but she has prepared. “I have spoken to Christophe Soumillon who has ridden the track many times and he has shared his advice with me. I am very excited; I want to enjoy this very special day.” Mickaëlle has two goals for her day at the Ascot, she wants to enjoy the day and relish the experience. While Mickaelle awaits the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Mickaëlle is making the most of her rare days off in quarantine. “I have lots of interviews to do and I am going to continue to study the languages I want to improve including my English and Japanese which I will do with my teacher online.” Having won in Italy, Germany, Japan and France, Mickaëlle is passionate that she is simply known as a good jockey not a female jockey. “I admire all women jockeys. It’s a hard job when you work only with men. Every woman works hard to gain respect. We just want to be a jockey, not a female jockey because we do the same job. Every winning female jockey is good publicity for all women jockeys. I am sure my colleagues and I open the doors for the future generations and we can be proud of that.” With the world at her feet, there are two races she would most like to win “I would like to win the Japan Cup because of the atmosphere, but I would also like to win the Arc de Triomphe - a famous race, why not with a Japanese horse to mark history?” With her motto “Work hard and never give up” it is no surprise that there are plenty of dreams yet to fulfil for Mickaëlle, “I would love to ride in the USA but I will consider any opportunities!”

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Official Title Sponsor of the Founded on 20th December 1983, Dubai Duty Free is the single largest airport retailer in the world, with sales of US$2.029 billion in 2019. Despite the challenges of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai Duty Free con�nued to achieve a number of highlights during the year which ended with annual sales of US$697 million. In 2020, Dubai Duty Free recorded over 7.5 million sales transac�ons, which is an average of 20,600 sales transac�ons per day, while a total of over 22.9 million units of merchandise were sold. Dubai Duty Free also launched a Home Delivery Service in June 2020, which offers UAE residents the chance to shop online without the need to travel. By the end of 2020, the Dubai Duty Free Home Delivery Service sales reached US$9.35 million with 163,407 units of merchandise sold. Total sales up to June 2021 have now reached US$12.35 million with 193,329 units of merchandise sold. In addi�on to its retail division, Dubai Duty Free operates a Leisure Division which includes The Irish Village, located in both Garhoud and in Dubai Studio City, The Century Village, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, home to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. To date, Dubai Duty Free has received over 700 awards including the 2020 DFNI-Fron�er Asia Pacific Award for “Excep�onal Achievement by an Airport Retailer in the Middle East” and the Business Traveller Middle East Award for the “Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East”, which the opera�on won for the 20th consecu�ve year. Dubai Duty Free has also con�nued to invest in sports sponsorship which has helped to favourably posi�on the opera�on and the city of Dubai. These include the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup 2021 This year’s the tournament was held in March behind closed doors and generated great TV coverage as the top players ba�led it out for the US$3.6 million prize money. The WTA week was won by two-�me Grand Slam winner and former World No.1 Garbiñe Muguruza, while Wild Card entrant, Aslan Karatsev, won his very first ATP �tle. Away from the golfing green and the tennis courts, much awareness is also created by the opera�on’s involvement in horse racing. Dubai Duty Free regularly flies the flag in the UK in April and September at the historical Newbury Racecourse and will return to Newbury on 17th and 18th September.

The 26th June saw the 14th running of the pres�gious Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby held at The Curragh Racecourse in Ireland, which offered a rich purse of Euro 1 million. The race mee�ng marked the return of spectators to sport in Ireland and was won by Godolphin owned Hurricane Lane, trained by Charlie Appleby. In July, the opera�on returned to Ireland for the 7th Dubai Duty Free Irish Open held at Mount Juliet Estate and Golf Club. The tournament was won by Australian golfer Lucas Herbert, who claimed his second European Tour �tle. Dubai Duty Free returns to Ascot for the most eagerly awaited highlight of the Bri�sh summer and spor�ng season, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. This world premier interna�onal jockey’s challenge draws top riders from all corners of the globe represen�ng Great Britain, Ireland, Rest of the World and The Ladies team in a thrilling six-race showdown. Other sports to benefit from Dubai Duty Free’s support include the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7’s and the Dubai Interna�onal Basketball Tournament among others.


R AC E 2 1.25PM THE DUBAI DUTY FREE S H E R G A R C U P S TAY E R S RACE FINISH

(CLASS 2 HANDICAP) About two miles (15f 209yds) (3,100 metres) for four yrs old and upwards

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £42000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS See pages 70 & 71 for conditions of this race.

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HOCHFELD (IRE) (7)

B g Cape Cross (IRE) - What A Charm (IRE) (Key of Luck (USA)) Owner: Kingsley Park 23 - Ready To Run Horse Age: 7 Weight: 10 0 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Kenilworth House Stud BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 350200

Draw Draw

No Horse

1

5

Jockey Joe Fanning

2

I S L A N D B R AV E ( I R E ) ( 4 2 )

Draw

HH Rarely wins these days but he did take a four-runner 1m6f race this April and was a close second from the front in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (2m, AW) three starts back; well beaten last Saturday and looks handicapped up to his best of recent seasons, so probably vulnerable. Official BHA Rating 99

4

B h Zebedee - Tip the Scale (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) Owner: Mr Donald M. Kerr Horse Age: 7 Weight: 10 0 Trainer: Heather Main, Wantage Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud panel, hooped sleeves, RED cap. Sponsor: Caribtours Ltd. Form: 1-45604 CD

Cieren Fallon

3

UBER COOL (IRE) (70)

Draw

HHH Usually held up in rear these days, as for C&D win one year ago off 6lb lower; running creditably this year, always prominent when placed in the Northumberland Plate last time, and has each-way hopes. Official BHA Rating 99

8

B g Born To Sea (IRE) - My Uptown Girl (Dubai Destination (USA)) Owner: Fiona Carmichael & Jane Chapple-Hyam Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam, Newmarket Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Mr Albert Conneally panel, stars on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: Fine & Country Jersey Ltd Form: 11010//-1 D

James Doyle

4 EAST ASIA (IRE) (29)

B g Iffraaj - Chan Tong (BRZ) (Hampstead (URU)) Owner: Mr Sayed Hashish Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Breeder: Godolphin Sponsor: Tote

Draw

HHHH Progressive stayer in 2017 and 2018, winning six times at up to 2m (various ground); absent 959 days before going in again in nine-runner race at Chester (1m5f) this May, in good style from off the pace; back up 5lb but that performance, which was up with his best, needs plenty of respect. Official BHA Rating 92

6

Sean Levey

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 2 Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 211105 D

5

INDIANAPOLIS (IRE) (21)

Draw

HHH 0-14 in UAE; revelation when winning his first three starts for Ian Williams, the last two over 2m at Goodwood, but raced too freely in the Northumberland Vase next time and never got in a serious blow on good to firm at Newmarket (1m6f) on latest start; it’s possible that he has gone off the boil but also, however, that this return to 2m on softer ground will help. Official BHA Rating 87

10

B g Galileo (IRE) - Adoration (USA) (Honor Grades (USA)) Owner: Mr K. McKenna Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Smithfield Inc panel, hooped sleeves, GREY cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 0-00645 C

HHH Won at this meeting two years ago and best show for new yard this term when beaten 2l here (1m6f) on penultimate start; seen less often over 2m but ran well over it at York last August and never-dangerous fifth at Newbury on latest outing was no disgrace; down the weights, a case can be made. Official BHA Rating 87

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Kevin Stott


2 CLEONTE (IRE) (8)

Draw

6

Ch g Sir Percy - Key Figure (Beat Hollow) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: Societe Civile Ecurie de Meautry Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd

Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 140000 CD

3

Adam Kirby

2

HH Best efforts on good or firmer; not the force of old and he has not shone in good races last three starts; two of three British wins were at this track (this race in 2018 on first occasion) but plenty to prove at present. Official BHA Rating 87

JUST HUBERT (IRE) (8)

Draw

7

B g Dunaden (FR) - La Tulipe (FR) (Authorized (IRE)) Owner: Foursome Thoroughbreds Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Ringfort Stud panel, stars on sleeves, WHITE cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 0-3000R D

9

Nicola Currie

HH Got up close home at Goodwood (2m4f) last August off 1lb higher but not so glorious when refusing to race in the same event eight days ago; there have now been four backward steps, trying headgear on third occasion, since what had looked a promising 2021 reappearance; returns to a conventional start (no stalls last time) but has questions to answer. Official BHA Rating 87

HASANABAD (IRE) (70)

Draw

8

11

B g Nathaniel (IRE) - Hasanka (IRE) (Kalanisi (IRE)) Owner: Mrs J Wood and Mr S Wood Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 1 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK triangular Breeder: His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs S.C. panel, stars on sleeves, MAROON cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 002-005

David Egan

HHHH 2-5 for Dermot Weld and has taken a maiden hurdle among 14 races for new yard; has had some respite from the handicapper and his running-on fifth of nine to Uber Cool over what looked an inadequate 1m5f at Chester in May last time gives some renewed hope. Official BHA Rating 86

INDIGO TIMES (IRE) (42)

Draw

9

Gr g Alhebayeb (IRE) - Easy Times (Nayef (USA)) Owner: John Cook & Partner Trainer: David Simcock, Newmarket Breeder: Miss Debbie Kitchin Sponsor: Al Basti Equiworld

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 111616 D

7

Hayley Turner

0

10 CALL MY BLUFF (IRE) (42)

Draw

HH Far better form and results on AW than turf, albeit after just three turf runs; career-best form over 2m on AW last two outings (sixth of 19 in the Northumberland Vase last time) and he is handicapped on those. Official BHA Rating 85

2

B g Make Believe - Ocean Bluff (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: The Ffrench Connection Horse Age: 4 Weight: 8 12 Trainer: Dominic Ffrench Davis, Lambourn Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Michael Phelan & Make Believe Syndicate panel, hooped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Sponsor: High View Racing Ltd D Form: 112-611

Mickaelle Michel

11R

RESHOUN (FR) (42)

B g Shamardal (USA) - Radiyya (IRE) (Sinndar (IRE)) Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash Horse Age: 7 Weight: 10 2 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Form: 600-010 C D Breeder: S.C.E.A. Haras de Son Altesse L’Aga Khan Sponsor: Euromatech

Draw

HHHHH Keeps finding more and has record of 5-7 since fitted with cheekpieces, winning five-runner race at Chester (2m, good) six weeks ago on latest outing; any recent rain may well help; good chance to win again. Official BHA Rating 83

1

RESERVE

HHH Battled on well for short-head win when 66-1 at Royal Ascot (2m4f) in June; not disgraced in the Northumberland Plate on latest outing; his unreliable record over the longer term is the chief worry and, although he’s made some telling strikes, he has never won more than once in a British season. Official BHA Rating 101

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43


2 Visor worn by No. 11. Tongue Strap worn by No. 8. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 5, 6, 10. Record Time: 3 mins 24.12 secs by Mizzou age 4 wt 8-12 good to firm, 29/04/15 Median Time: 3 mins 31.30 secs

Stewards Note: ISLAND BRAVE: Following its run on 26/6/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe.

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RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST:

5-1 Island Brave (IRE), 11-2 Uber Cool (IRE), 13-2 Cleonte (IRE), 7-1 East Asia (IRE), 15-2 Indianapolis (IRE), Just Hubert (IRE), Call My Bluff (IRE), 9-1 Indigo Times (IRE), 11-1 Hochfeld (IRE), 12-1 Hasanabad (IRE)

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5f (2yo)

58.80 secs by No Nay Never age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/13

5f (3yo+)

57.44 secs by Miss Andretti age 6 wt 9-1 good to firm, 19/06/07

6f (2yo)

1 min 12.39 secs by Rajasinghe age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/17

6f (3yo+)

1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17

7f (2yo)

1 min 25.73 secs by Pinatubo age 2 wt 9-3 good, 22/06/19

7f (3yo+)

1 min 24.28 secs by Galician age 4 wt 8-11 good to firm, 27/07/13

1m round (2yo)

1 min 39.55 secs by Joshua Tree age 2 wt 8-12 good, 26/09/09

1m round (3yo+)

1 min 35.89 secs by Alpha Centauri age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 22/06/18

1m straight (3yo+)

1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17

1m 2f

2 mins 1.90 secs by The Fugue age 5 wt 8-11 good to firm, 18/06/14

1m 4f

2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13

1m 6f

3 mins 0.89 secs by Kew Gardens age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/18

2m

3 mins 24.12 secs by Mizzou age 4 wt 8-12 good to firm, 29/04/15

2m 4f

4 mins 16.92 secs by Rite of Passage age 6 wt 9-2 good to firm, 17/06/10

2m 51/2f

4 mins 45.24 secs by Pallasator age 9 wt 9-2 good to firm, 23/06/18

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R AC E 3 2.00PM THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE RACE FINISH

(CLASS 3 HANDICAP) One mile about four furlongs, Swinley Course (11f abt 211yds) (2,300 metres) for four yrs old and upwards

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £42000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) Weights lowered 6lb. 4 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS See page 71 for conditions of this race.

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No Horse

Draw

R E STO R E R (G B ) ( 2 9)

Draw

1

Gr g Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Moon Empress (FR) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash Horse Age: 9 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Foursome Thoroughbreds panel, stars on sleeves, PURPLE cap. Sponsor: Euromatech Form: 1-53245 D

8

Jockey Andrea Atzeni

HHH Running well on his last few starts, posting two prominent finishes over 1m2f before a fair fifth at Chester (11.3f) last time; versatile ground-wise but may be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this trip nowadays. Official BHA Rating 94

THE TRADER (IRE) (7)

Draw

2

4

Gr g Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Chinese White (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: Mr Ali Saeed Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 6 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Skymarc Farm panel, hooped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 614006 D

Mickaelle Michel

HHH Hasn’t shone on his last three starts but trainer’s horses can bounce back to form from out of the blue and he’s back down to the same mark as when winning at Hamilton (1m5f, good to firm) in May; also effective on soft.Official BHA Rating 93

C’EST NO MOUR (GER) (21)

B g Champs Elysees - C’Est L’Amour (GER) (Whipper (USA)) Owner: Mr P. R. Hedger & P C F Racing Ltd Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 Trainer: Simon Hodgson, Hook Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: Graf u.Grafin v. Stauffenberg BLACK triangular panel. Form: 0051-13 D

Draw

3

3

Adam Kirby

5

4

M A S T E R T H E S TA R S ( G E R ) ( 5 4 )

Draw

HHH Reappeared with win at Goodwood (1m6f, good to firm) in June and solid third of five at Newmarket (1m6f) next time, behind a runner-up who has since gone one better; can give another good account; versatile ground-wise. Official BHA Rating 92

B g Sea The Stars (IRE) - Magma (GER) (Dubai Destination (USA)) Owner: The Hon R J Arculli Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Ed Dunlop, Newmarket Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Gestut Gorlsdorf panel. Sponsor: Tattersalls Form: 363126

2

Hayley Turner

5

GRAPHITE (FR) (28)

Draw

HHH Flopped at Lingfield (1m2f, AW) last time out in June but is capable of bouncing back from a poor run and was in good form previously, bumping into a handicap blot when a soundly-beaten second at Haydock (1m4f, good to soft); might not be far away if conditions suit (unraced on good/faster). Official BHA Rating 92

6

Gr g Shamardal (USA) - Fairly Grey (FR) (Linamix (FR)) Owner: T. J. Kent Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: T. J. Kent, Newmarket Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK triangular Breeder: S.C.E.A. Haras de Saint Pair panel, stars on sleeves, MAROON cap. Form: 22/-0042

HHHH French recruit who has been suited by the step up to 1m4f the last twice, finishing second at Newmarket (good to firm) most recently; firmly in calculations on the back of that effort; won on soft ground in France. Official BHA Rating 92

4 8 R A C I N G PA G E S

David Egan


3 S PA N I S H K I S S ( G B ) ( 2 8 )

Draw

6

1

B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Kissable (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds XIV Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 4 Trainer: William Knight, Newmarket Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK Breeder: Lordship Stud triangular panel, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap. Sponsor: Tattersalls, Oakman Group PLC Form: 32-2115 D BF

Tadhg O’Shea

HHH Readily won two in a row (1m4f/1m6f, soft/good to soft) before fifth of nine here (1m6f, good to soft), and has to prove he’s up to his current mark; however, was wide into the straight and faded late on last time, and could still have more to offer now back down in trip; unraced on good/faster. Official BHA Rating 91

SAM COOKE (IRE) (29)

Draw

7

B g Pour Moi (IRE) - Saturday Girl (Peintre Celebre (USA)) Owner: Chelsea Thoroughbreds - Wonderful World Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Colours: YELLOW, Breeder: Mr R. J. C. Wilmot-Smith BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Oliver Brown Form: 203-604 D

11

Sean Levey

3

HHHHH Now 2lb lower than when going close over C&D (good) last July and, having pulled hard this year, he settled better in a first-time hood (retained) when keeping on for a close fourth at Chester (11.3f, good to soft) last time; a return to winning ways could be imminent; has won on soft. Official BHA Rating 90

MANCINI (GB) (21)

Draw

8

7

Ch g Nathaniel (IRE) - Muscovado (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Mrs James Wigan panel, stars on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: Euromatech Form: 30-0006 D

James Doyle

9

G R O U P O N E P OW E R ( G B ) ( 2 9 )

B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Lady Aquitaine (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Sahara Group BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd Form: 5-12333 D BF

Draw

HH Below his last winning mark and drops back in trip today having been fading over 2m-plus this season; however, his five handicap wins have come at 1m6f or further and whether 1m4f does the trick remains to be seen. Official BHA Rating 89

12

Joe Fanning

HHHH Made all on reappearance at Epsom (1m4f, good) in April and has continued to run well, including over C&D (soft) and when a very close third at Chester (11.3f, good to soft) last time; can be bang there once more. Official BHA Rating 89

Draw

10 HMS PRESIDENT (IRE) (2)

B g Excelebration (IRE) - Dance Hall Girl (IRE) (Dansili) Owner: HP Racing HMS President Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton, Blewbury Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Skymarc Farm panel, stars on sleeves, WHITE cap. Sponsor: ABM Catering Limited Form: 3-01532

5

Nicola Currie

HHHH Won at Windsor (1m2f, good to soft) in May and good third when up in trip there (11.4f, good) in June; close second with these cheekpieces added at Doncaster (1m2f, good) on Thursday; could hardly be in better form. Official BHA Rating 89

P L A N TA D R E A M ( G B ) ( 3 5 )

Draw

11R

B g Planteur (IRE) - Phantom Ridge (IRE) (Indian Ridge) Owner: Mr H J Jarvis & Mrs P Jarvis Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 Trainer: John Best, Sittingbourne Form: 224-030 C Breeder: Mr & Mrs H. Jarvis Sponsor: John Best Racing

10

RESERVE

2

HH First reserve; won here (1m, good) last September and stayed on well for third at Epsom (8.5f, good to soft) two starts ago; on a handy mark but needs to prove his stamina on this first outing beyond 1m2f. Official BHA Rating 89

TO R C E L LO ( I R E ) ( 7 7 )

Draw

12R

Ch g Born To Sea (IRE) - Islandagore (IRE) (Indian Ridge) Owner: Mr Dan Gilbert Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 Trainer: Shaun Lycett, Witney Form: 1/20-061 D Breeder: Rathasker Stud Sponsor: Tote

9

RESERVE

2

HH Second reserve; made all on his favoured slow ground at Newmarket (1m4f, soft) last time out in May and the runner-up has since gone one better; however, was given a fine front-running ride in that small field and it’s questionable whether things will work out so favourably today. Official BHA Rating 89

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49


3 Hood worn by No. 7. Blinkers worn by No. 8. Visor worn by No. 1. Tongue Strap worn by No. 5. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 10. Record Time: 2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13 Median Time: 2 mins 32.60 secs

Stewards Note: RESTORER: Following its run on 9/7/2021 it was reported that the horse was hampered half a furlong out. C’EST NO MOUR: Following its run on 17/7/2021 it was reported that the horse was slowly away.

A S C O T R E S U LT ST

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RACE PREDICTOR

BETTING FORECAST:

4-1 Group One Power (GB), 9-2 Sam Cooke (IRE), 6-1 C’Est No Mour (GER), 15-2 Mancini (GB), HMS President (IRE), 8-1 Spanish Kiss (GB), 9-1 Restorer (GB), The Trader (IRE), 10-1 Graphite (FR), 14-1 Master The Stars (GER)

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R AC E 4 2.35PM THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP MILE RACE FINISH

(CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Old mile (7f abt 213yds) (1,500 metres) for four yrs old and upwards

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £42000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) Weights lowered 2lb. 7 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS See page 71 for conditions of this race.

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No Horse

Draw

DA N C E F E V E R ( I R E ) ( 1 4 )

Draw

1

8

B g Sir Prancealot (IRE) - Silk Fan (IRE) (Unfuwain (USA)) Owner: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds VIII Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 12 Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK Breeder: Silk Fan Syndicate triangular panel, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap. Sponsor: Oakman Group PLC Form: 1/42-013

Jockey Tadhg O’Shea

HHHHH Raced only on Polytrack and good to firm ground; better than ever this year, narrowly-beaten third of 19 in International Stakes over 7f here two weeks ago; just as effective at 1m; looks set for another bold show. Official BHA Rating 100

YO U N G F I R E ( F R ) ( 2 8 )

Draw

2

B g Fuisse (FR) - Young Majesty (USA) (Maria’s Mon (USA)) Owner: Mr Evan M. Sutherland Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 Trainer: David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Colours: YELLOW, Breeder: Mr Cyril Morange BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Gain Equine Nutrition Form: 563316 D

10

Sean Levey

12

3

V I N TA G E R ( G B ) ( 1 9 )

Draw

HHH Reliable 6yo; defied topweight at Haydock (7f, soft) last month; far from disgraced when sixth of 17 from today’s revised mark at York (1m, good) next time; can’t be ruled out but the handicapper may be in charge again. Official BHA Rating 100

Gr or Ro g Mastercraftsman (IRE) - White And Red (IRE) (Orpen (USA)) Owner: Rabbah Racing Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 11 Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford, Newmarket Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Thurso Bloodstock Ltd panel, stars on sleeves, WHITE cap. Form: 444613 D

12

Nicola Currie

4 DA S H I N G R O G E R ( G B ) ( 4 5 ) B g Fast Company (IRE) - Croeso Cusan (Diktat) Owner: Mr Ron Spore Trainer: William Stone, West Wickham Breeder: Mr Richard Evans Sponsor: Tote, Tote

Draw

HH Record of 2-7 for current yard; took advantage of reduced mark at Windsor (1m, good) in June, further helped by Mark Crehan’s 3lb claim; back up in weights when respectable third at Ayr next time; needs a bit more. Official BHA Rating 99

3

Cieren Fallon

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 11 Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular panel, hooped sleeves, RED cap. Form: 5-00413 D

5

RAISING SAND (GB) (14)

B g Oasis Dream - Balalaika (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Owner: Nick Bradley Racing 22 & Partner Trainer: Jamie Osborne, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Meon Valley Stud Sponsor: Tote

Horse Age: 9 Weight: 9 9 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 0/00-060 CD

Draw

HHHH Steadily progressive 4yo; won at Sandown (1m, soft) in May and confirmed he’s still improving when third of 12 at Salisbury (1m, good to soft) last month; handles good to firm ground (2-3) too; high on the list again. Official BHA Rating 99

6

HHH Has been a super servant to his connections, winning seven races and more than £300,000 in prize money; goes very well on the straight course here and he ran creditably from a moderate draw when eighth of 19 in the International Stakes over 7f two weeks ago; versatile in terms of the ground and stays 1m perfectly well; not ruled out from a slipping mark. Official BHA Rating 97

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Joe Fanning


4 O UZO (G B ) ( 1 1 )

Draw

6

B g Charm Spirit (IRE) - Miss Meltemi (IRE) (Miswaki Tern (USA)) Owner: Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 6 Trainer: Richard Hannon, Marlborough Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Equine Breeding Limited panel, stars on sleeves, PURPLE cap. Sponsor: Old Oak Holdings Ltd Form: 1-00450 D

4

Andrea Atzeni

HHH Beaten 4l by Dashing Roger when fifth of 12 at Salisbury two starts ago and he was never better than midfield at Goodwood next time; today’s conditions will be fine but he does need to bounce back. Official BHA Rating 94

BEAR FORCE ONE (GB) (7) Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 1306-04 D

Draw

7

B g Swiss Spirit - Shesha Bear (Tobougg (IRE)) Owner: Joe Bear Racing Trainer: Roger Teal, Lambourn Breeder: Mr S. M. Ransom Sponsor: Chartplan(2004) Ltd

1

Hayley Turner

6

HHHH Won in first-time cheekpieces at Newmarket (1m, good) last July and they’re back on now after he shaped as if the run was needed at Doncaster (after over three months off) last time; 1m2f might have been too far for him that day too; interesting contender back in trip from an inside draw. Official BHA Rating 94

REVICH (IRE) (6)

Draw

8

5

B g Requinto (IRE) - Kathleen Rafferty (IRE) (Marju (IRE)) Owner: Middleham Park LXVII & Phil Cunningham Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Richard Spencer, Newmarket Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK triangular Breeder: Mr T. Jones panel, stars on sleeves, MAROON cap. Sponsor: Rebel Racing Ltd Form: 644002 D

David Egan

HHHH Goes especially well at Chester (three wins) and he bounced back to form when a close second of eight there (7.6f, good) last Sunday; has form here as well and should be competitive again off the same mark. Official BHA Rating 93

LO R D R A P S CA L L I O N ( I R E ) ( 1 4 )

Draw

9

11

Gr g Alhebayeb (IRE) - Simply Topping (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) Owner: Mr T. W. Morley Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 4 Trainer: Stuart Williams, Newmarket Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: D. G. Iceton panel, stars on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 224430 D

James Doyle

1 0 D ATA P R O T E C T I O N ( G B ) ( 1 1 )

Draw

HH Ex-Irish 5yo who is 0-12 for his current yard; no obvious excuses when down the field in International Stakes over 7f here last time; has a wide draw to contend with and others appeal more. Official BHA Rating 92

B g Foxwedge (AUS) - Midnight Sky (Desert Prince (IRE)) Owner: Muir Racing Partnership - Santa Anita Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Mr & Mrs J. Laws panel, hooped sleeves, GREY cap. Sponsor: The Print Consultancy Woking Form: 5-33150 D

9

Kevin Stott

HH Often leads, as when winning at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) in June, but he has struggled off his revised mark since, seventh of 11 at Goodwood last time; will need a career best to prevail. Official BHA Rating 91

11R POWER OF DARKNESS (GB) (30)

B g Power - Summers Lease (Pivotal) Owner: Mr R. C. C. Villers Trainer: Marcus Tregoning, Whitsbury Breeder: Mrs C. R. Philipson & Lofts Hall Stud Sponsor: Marcus Tregoning Racing Ltd

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 Form: 00-0030 CD

RESERVE

2

HHHH Scored a 1m double in summer 2019, including in this race off a mark 4lb higher than today’s; only six runs since, finishing a close third at Bath and faring best of the five on his part of the track at Newmarket last time; potentially well treated and needs considering. Official BHA Rating 90

12R

C O R A ZO N E S P I N A D O ( I R E ) ( 8 )

B h Iffraaj - Three Decades (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Owner: Mr Robert Moss Trainer: Simon Dow, Epsom Breeder: M. P. & R. J. Coleman Sponsor: Simon Dow

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 Form: 005210 D

RESERVE

2

HH Epsom suits him well and he gained a fourth course success (8.5f, good to soft) in June; went up 7lb before finishing tailed off in a stronger race at Goodwood eight days ago; others look more solid. Official BHA Rating 90

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4 Visor worn by No. 2, 8. Tongue Strap worn by No. 9, 10. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 5, 7, 11. Record Time: 1 min 35.89 secs by Alpha Centauri age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 22/06/18 Median Time: 1 min 41.60 secs

Stewards Note: VINTAGER: Following its run on 19/7/2021 it was reported that the horse was impeded on the run-in. LORD RAPSCALLION: Following its run on 24/7/2021 it was reported that the horse hung right handed. CORAZON ESPINADO: Following its run on 30/7/2021 it was reported that the horse stopped quickly.

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BETTING FORECAST:

11-4 Dance Fever (IRE), 6-1 Dashing Roger (GB), 7-1 Revich (IRE), 8-1 Vintager (GB), 10-1 Young Fire (FR), Raising Sand (GB), Bear Force One (GB), 12-1 Ouzo (GB), 16-1 Lord Rapscallion (IRE), Data Protection (GB),

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R AC E 5 3 .1 0 P M THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP CLASSIC RACE FINISH

(CLASS 3 HANDICAP) One mile about four furlongs, Swinley Course (11f abt 211yds) (2,300 metres) for three yrs old

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £42000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) SS See page 71 for conditions of this race.

Dubai Duty Free will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

S K YC U T T E R ( F R ) ( 2 2 )

B g Scissor Kick (AUS) - Skysweeper (FR) (Hurricane Run (IRE)) Owner: The French Connection Horse Age: 3 Weight: 10 0 Trainer: Philip Kirby, Richmond Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: E.A.R.L. Ecurie Haras Du Cadran et al BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Topspec Equine Ltd, Philip Kirby Racing Form: 21-2522

Draw Draw

No Horse

1

1

Jockey Adam Kirby

2

POSSIBLE MAN (GB) (22)

Draw

HHH Confined to French races when with Jo Hughes; races freely and has tried contrasting tactics in his two starts for new yard, but with the same result as he was beaten a neck at Ripon (1m2f, good to soft; held up) and Newbury (1m4f, good; strode on); capable of a bold show. Official BHA Rating 91

7

B c Le Havre (IRE) - Baldovina (Tale of The Cat (USA)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 12 Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK triangular Breeder: King Power Racing Co Ltd panel, stars on sleeves, MAROON cap. Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd Form: 01-241

David Egan

3

S TAT E O F B L I S S ( I R E ) ( 8 )

Draw

HHHH Won on AW as 2yo and short-headed State Of Bliss in five-runner race at Nottingham (1m2f, good to firm; leading 3f out) three weeks ago in the second of two handicaps; up just 1lb, while State Of Bliss went on to run very well at Glorious Goodwood; on sire, 1m4f is plausible; considered. Official BHA Rating 89

B c Gleneagles (IRE) - Crystal Valkyrie (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Barbara & Alick Richmond Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 10 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: C. O. P. Hanbury panel, stars on sleeves, WHITE cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 2-33222

8

Nicola Currie

4 S TA R C A L I B E R ( G B ) ( 1 5 )

Draw

HHHH Mostly front-runs; won Chester novice (7.5f) last September; five minor honours followed in smallish fields, including when short-headed by Possible Man at Nottingham, before another close call last week came in a strong race at Goodwood (1m3f); up 3lb but unlikely to go down without a fight; due to run Newmarket 6.38 yesterday. Official BHA Rating 87

4

B or Br c Golden Horn - Lombatina (FR) (King’s Best (USA)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 9 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Bjorn Nielsen panel, stars on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd Form: 1-0322 BF

James Doyle

5

C O N TA C T ( I R E ) ( 3 5 )

Draw

HHHH Lightly raced 3yo; took a strong hold and made the running when second at Chester (14.4f) and Ascot (2m) in his two handicaps, with a very tenacious display in the latter considering he seemed to overdo it up front; should prove capable of better than that at some point and dropping back in trip today has its attractions. Official BHA Rating 86

9

Gr c Gutaifan (IRE) - La Tulipe (FR) (Authorized (IRE)) Owner: Mr H. D. Atkinson Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 9 Trainer: David Barron, Thirsk Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Ringfort Stud panel, hooped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 1-13415 D

HHHHH Relished move up to 1m4f at Pontefract in June, justifying 11-8 favouritism from off the pace in a six-runner race; never dangerous when good fifth of 11 in valuable race at Haydock (1m6f, soft) 13 days later and perhaps a return to less testing ground would help him; either way, retains potential. Official BHA Rating 86

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Mickaelle Michel


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A N N A N DA L E ( I R E ) ( 1 0)

Draw

5 10

Ch c Australia - Fountain of Honour (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Owner: Mr W. M. Johnstone Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: W. M. Johnstone panel, stars on sleeves, PURPLE cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 103320

Andrea Atzeni

7

BARN OWL (GB) (17)

B c Frankel - Thistle Bird (Selkirk (USA)) Owner: Nat Rothschild Trainer: Roger Charlton, Beckhampton Breeder: The Rt Hon Lord Rothschild Sponsor: Planet Nine Private Air Llc

Draw

HHH Won in April; easily best of his five runs since when excellent second of four at Sandown (1m6f, good to firm) last month and three other starts this summer hint that he may not be as effective on softer than good. Official BHA Rating 84

3

Hayley Turner

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 7 Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 02-512

8

HARLEM SOUL (GB) (21)

Draw

HHHH Fourth attempt at a novice when winning by a nose at Ripon (upped to 1m3f, good to firm) in June after wind surgery; creditable second of eight from off the pace on handicap debut at Sandown (1m2f); withdrawn when the ground softened at Goodwood; very well bred and may have more to offer. Official BHA Rating 84

Ch c Frankel - Giants Play (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) Owner: Teme Valley Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 6 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Newsells Park Stud panel, hooped sleeves, GREY cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 24-3105 D BF

5

Kevin Stott

9

BUXT E D TO O (G B ) (1 7)

Draw

HH Off the mark in a four-runner race for handicap debut at Ripon (1m4f, good to firm) in June; didn’t fire behind Contact at Haydock (1m6f in the mud) next time and similar story when fifth of six back at Ripon (1m4f, good) latest; looks none too solid but these are relatively early days for him. Official BHA Rating 83

6

Ch g Iffraaj - Much Promise (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Owner: Buxted Partnership Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Ashbrittle Stud & M. H. Dixon panel, hooped sleeves, RED cap. Sponsor: Buxted Construction Ltd Form: 250436

Cieren Fallon

10 PRISON BREAK (IRE) (16)

B g Muhaarar - World Class (Galileo (IRE)) Owner: Merchants and Missionaries Trainer: Richard Fahey, Malton Breeder: Deerfield Farm Sponsor: Ws Transportation

Draw

HH 0-6 in handicaps, with mixed form too; penultimate start gave plenty of hope for this step up in trip and he has tongue tied first time but needs overall improvement. Official BHA Rating 77

2

Tadhg O’Shea

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 11 Colours: EMERALDGREEN,BLACK triangularpanel,hoopedsleeves,ORANGEcap. Form: 051331 D

HHH Did well over 1m6f in June before asserting from over 1f out in four-runner race at Doncaster (good to firm) 16 days ago when back at 1m4f; probably acts on good to soft; that’s two wins this summer but, up 5lb in a stronger race, he needs to find extra. Official BHA Rating 74 Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 9. Record Time: 2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13 Median Time: 2 mins 32.60 secs

Stewards Note: STAR CALIBER: Following its run on 23/7/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too freely.

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BETTING FORECAST:

9-2 Star Caliber (GB), 5-1 Possible Man (GB), 6-1 Barn Owl (GB), 13-2 Harlem Soul (GB), 7-1 Annandale (IRE), 15-2 State of Bliss (IRE), 9-1 Skycutter (FR), 10-1 Contact (IRE), 14-1 Prison Break (IRE), 16-1 Buxted Too (GB)

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R AC E 6 3.45PM THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT RACE FINISH

(CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Six furlongs (6f ) (1,200 metres) for three yrs old

RACE START

STALLS: CENTRE

Total race value £42000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS See page 71 for conditions of this race.

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No Horse

Draw

CAIRN GORM (GB) (14)

Draw

1

Ch c Bated Breath - In Your Time (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: Hunscote Stud Limited and Partner Horse Age: 3 Weight: 10 0 Trainer: Mick Channon, West Ilsley Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular Breeder: Hunscote Stud panel, hooped sleeves, GREY cap. Sponsor: Mike Channon Bloodstock Ltd Form: 065-353 D

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Jockey Kevin Stott

2

R O YA L S C I M I TA R ( I R E ) ( 3 0 )

Draw

HHH Can lead; won Group 3 in France at two (6f, good; has won on good to soft); wasn’t beaten far on the favoured side in a warm 6f handicap at Newmarket in July (raced without a shoe) and had another stiff assignment when never really threatening there since; looks weighted to best against improvers. Official BHA Rating 99

B c Territories (IRE) - Prequel (IRE) (Dark Angel (IRE)) Owner: AlMohamediya Racing Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 12 Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Yeomanstown Stud panel, stars on sleeves, WHITE cap. Form: 44-5404 D

8

Nicola Currie

HHHH Best on good or quicker and has missed races on good to soft/soft; promising 2yo who came to hand late in 2021 but he did very well when a strong-finishing fourth from the disadvantaged side in a strong 6f Newmarket handicap in July; up just 2lb and has major claims if the ground is suitable. Official BHA Rating 97

POPMASTER (IRE) (7)

Gr g Gutaifan (IRE) - Best New Show (IRE) (Clodovil (IRE)) Owner: Laurence Bellman Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Trainer: Ed Walker, Upper Lambourn Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: Grangemore Stud BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: ABM Catering Facilities Management Form: 322031 D

Draw

3

4

Adam Kirby

10

4 M A M B A WA M B A ( I R E ) ( 4 5 )

Draw

HHHHH First home of the single-figure draws over 5f at the Royal meeting (heavy); has something to find with Royal Scimitar on their 6f run at Newmarket in July, especially as the latter was much worse drawn, but he has since won cosily at Doncaster (6f, good to soft) despite seeing more daylight than ideal, and is going the right way now; respected. Official BHA Rating 95

9

B f Mehmas (IRE) - Mistress of Rome (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)) Owner: Mr Dave Stone Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Adrian Nicholls, Sessay Colours: EMERALDGREEN,BLACK Breeder: Thomas Hassett triangularpanel,starsonsleeves,MAROONcap. Sponsor: STS Group Ltd Form: 34-0346

David Egan

5

D R E A M C O M P O S E R ( F R ) ( 5 0)

Draw

HH Series of good efforts from 5f-7f at two; has been falling short in better company this year and now has to try and make her way in a handicap off a highish mark over a trip that is probably on the sharp side. Official BHA Rating 92

7

B g Dream Ahead (USA) - High Spice (USA) (Songandaprayer (USA)) Owner: Peter Clarke Racing Partners Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 4 Trainer: James Evans, Kinnersley Colours: CERISE, BLACK triangular Breeder: Khalifa Dasmal panel, hooped sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Form: 3-32114 D

HHHH A 6f AW winner in June who ran a belter when fourth in the big 5f handicap at the Royal meeting (heavy), considering he was switched away from the favoured side to finish in the centre of the track; on the upgrade and has good claims off just 1lb higher now back at 6f. Official BHA Rating 89

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Mickaelle Michel


6 INTERNATIONALDREAM (IRE) (10)

B g Acclamation - Komedy (IRE) (Kodiac) Owner: P. D. Smith Holdings Ltd Trainer: Richard Fahey, Malton Breeder: M. & S. Hanly Sponsor: P. D. Smith Holdings Ltd

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular panel. Form: 3-30060 D

Draw

6

11

Sean Levey

3

HH Held his own in Listed and Group 3 events at two (on good and soft ground) but he has not gone on in handicaps at three after an encouraging reappearance; now returns to 6f with something to prove. Official BHA Rating 88

SHARK T WO ONE (GB) (7)

Draw

7

B c Adaay (IRE) - Touching (IRE) (Kheleyf (USA)) Owner: Isa Salman Al Khalifa Trainer: Richard Fahey, Malton Breeder: Killashee House Limited Sponsor: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing

6

Andrea Atzeni

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 2 Colours: YELLOW, BLACK triangular panel, stars on sleeves, PURPLE cap. Form: 14-6003 D

8

MITROSONFIRE (GB) (14)

Gr g Lethal Force (IRE) - Blaugrana (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) Owner: Mr John O’Mulloy Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 13 Trainer: William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Stowell Hill Ltd BLACK triangular panel. Sponsor: Tote Form: 431105 D

Draw

HH A valuable sales-race win in Ireland at two (about 6f, good; has won on soft) cost him a 13lb rise and he has struggled in handicaps this year; however perhaps he was also slow to come to hand before producing a better effort when third over 7f at Goodwood; needs more back at 6f. Official BHA Rating 87

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Joe Fanning

HH Dual 6f winner on good to firm in June but unable to take the next step in better company at Newmarket since (poorly drawn in the first of them but still has something to find with Royal Scimitar). Official BHA Rating 84

BOWMAN (IRE) (12)

Draw

9

2

B g Lawman (FR) - Jo Bo Bo (IRE) (Whipper (USA)) Owner: KINGSLEY PARK 15 Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 10 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: EMERALDGREEN,BLACK Breeder: Dubois Holdings Ltd triangularpanel,hoopedsleeves,ORANGEcap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 0-16003 D

Tadhg O’Shea

HH Usually leads; has raced at 7f in 2021, doing well to beat a subsequent improver on AW return but has suffered on soft turf since, until proving happier back on good to firm at Ayr recently (7f); has more to prove at 6f with rain about. Official BHA Rating 81

B g Showcasing - Kendal Mint (Kyllachy) Owner: Mrs Julia Scott & Partner Trainer: Ed Walker, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Glebe Stud Sponsor: ABM Catering Facilities Management

Draw

10 TEMPLE BRUER (GB) (18)

3

Cieren Fallon

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 9 Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BLACK triangular panel, hooped sleeves, RED cap. Form: 0-10102 D

HH Two wins and a close second at about 6f already this year but they were all on good to firm or quicker ground and this is a step up in grade; first-time cheekpieces fitted on latest, now discarded. Official BHA Rating 80

CRAZY LUCK (GB) (11)

Draw

11R

B f Twilight Son - Suerte Loca (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA)) Owner: Crown Connoisseurs Horse Age: 3 Trainer: Rod Millman, Cullompton Form: 321142 Breeder: Kirtlington Stud & Mr C. Budgett Sponsor: Palace Roofline Ltd, Rod Millman Racing Ltd

Weight: 8 D

1

RESERVE

9

12R

FA N TA SY M A S T E R ( G B ) ( 9)

Ch c Sepoy (AUS) - Dinvar Diva (Dalakhani (IRE)) Owner: The Fantasy Fellowship B Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 Trainer: Michael Appleby, Oakham Form: 204300 Breeder: Brightwalton Bloodstock Ltd Sponsor: Tattersalls

Draw

HHH Has improved a good deal from two to three, winning lesser events at Chester (good to soft) and Newbury (good) as well as a good second against her own sex at Goodwood recently (6f, soft); has more to deal with here. Official BHA Rating 79

10

RESERVE

9

HHH Came from well back when a close third in the big 5f handicap at the Royal meeting (heavy; similar weights chance to the fourth Dream Composer) and although he hasn’t shone since, there have been excuses; still has enough to prove back at 6f in first-time cheekpieces. Official BHA Rating 78

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6 Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 12. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 2. Record Time: 1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17 Median Time: 1 min 13.70 secs

Stewards Note: INTERNATIONALDREAM: Following its run on 28/7/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too freely. TEMPLE BRUER: Following its run on 20/7/2021 it was reported that the horse hung both ways under pressure.

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BETTING FORECAST:

9-2 Popmaster (IRE), 11-2 Royal Scimitar (IRE), 13-2 Mitrosonfire (GB), Temple Bruer (GB), 7-1 Dream Composer (FR), Shark Two One (GB), 8-1 Cairn Gorm (GB), 9-1 Mamba Wamba (IRE), 12-1 Internationaldream (IRE), Bowman (IRE)

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RACE CONDITIONS First Race 12.50 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP DASH (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for three yrs old and upwards, Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 106 and 107; such horses rated 85 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight: 4-y-o and up 8st 9lb; 3-y-o 8st 6lb Highest weight: 4-y-o and up 10st; 3-y-o 9st 11lb Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will award a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 27 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) Weights raised 1lbs and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 5 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 1.25 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP STAYERS (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 101 and 102; such horses rated 80 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight 8st 9lb; Highest weight 10st Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will award a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take

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place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 22 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 42 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race 2.00 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE (CLASS 3 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 96 and 97; such horses rated 75 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight 8st 9lb; Highest weight 10st Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will award a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 27 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) Weights lowered 6lbs. 4 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 48 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 2.35 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP MILE (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 101 and 102; such horses rated 80 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight 8st 9lb; Highest weight 10st Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will present a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 23 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) Weights lowered 2lbs. 7 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 54 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 3.10 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP CLASSIC (CLASS 3 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for three yrs old only, Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 96 and 97; such horses rated 75 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight 8st 9lb; Highest weight 10st Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will award a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 19 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) SS SEE PAGE 58 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 3.45 - THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT (CLASS 2 HANDICAP) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20655 to the winning horse The second to receive £7232, the third £3305, the fourth £2578, the fifth £2272, the sixth £1654, the seventh £1344, the eighth £1033, the ninth £722 and the tenth £516. for three yrs old only, Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 101 and 102; such horses rated 80 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). Free Entry, Declare by 10.00 a.m. August 5th. Lowest weight 8st 9lb; Highest weight 10st Penalties, after July 31st, 2021, for each race won 3lb. DUBAI DUTY FREE has generously sponsored this race and the winning owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with a memento. In addition, Dubai Duty Free will award a prize of £200 to the lad or girl responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Dubai Duty Free. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card. This race will be restricted to 10 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated R11 and R12. The reserves will be required to travel to the racecourse and will each be paid Appearance Money of £500, unless they are required to run, in which case no payment will be made. Reserves can be substituted for non-runners up until 45 minutes before the advertised race time on Saturday, August 7th. Declarations to run for this race must be made by 10.00 a.m. on Thursday, August 5th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Race Entry Code, such that where nineteen or fewer entries have been received at the Calendar Office by the time of entry or as provided for in the Race Entry Code, this race shall be subject to re-opening entry procedure which shall operate up to 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd. The British Horseracing Authority has also modified the Stakes and Prize Money Code for the purposes of this Race. The British Horseracing Authority has granted special permission to the Ascot Racecourse Executive to stage a special ‘Draw’ to take place on Thursday, August 5th, at which horses will be allocated jockeys by a series of ballots. All jockeys participating in this race will carry their names on the back of their silks. Additional information relating to this race is included at the beginning of this day’s race programme in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar. Special Conditions apply to this race. Please refer to the detailed particulars published in The Racing Calendar of Thursday, 8 July 2021, and on the BHA’s Racing Administration Internet site, www2.racingadmin.co.uk. SPECIAL NOTE: Whilst there is no Owners’ stake money payable for entry into this race, the usual fees specified under the provisions of the Race Entry Code will be payable for each horse entered. 18 entries. - Closed August 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16199; Second £6174; Third £2822; Fourth £2205; Fifth £1940; Sixth £1411; Seventh £1147; Eighth £882; Ninth £617; Tenth £441. (Penalty Value £20655.60) 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SS SEE PAGE 64 FOR THIS RACE.

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Ayant grandi près de Marseille dans le sud de la France, l’équitation n’a joué un rôle dans la vie de Mickaëlle qu’à l’âge de 10 ans, donc son ascension vers la gloire a été tout simplement miraculeuse. Contrairement aux souhaits de ses parents, Mickaëlle savait quel chemin elle souhaitait suivre : J’ai toujours aimé les chevaux et j’avais décidé de travailler d’une manière ou d’une autre avec eux, mais mes parents n’étaient pas d’accord avec moi car ils n’aimaient les chevaux, et ne ne montaient pas à cheval eux-mêmes. “ “J’ai découvert l’école de jockey locale et j’ai décidé que c’était le travail parfait pour moi car il combinait sport, compétition et chevaux.” Mickaëlle a saisi toutes les opportunités qui se sont présentées à elle ; non seulement a-t-elle eu un énorme succès dans son pays natal, mais elle a parcouru le monde pour poursuivre sa passion. Elle s’est récemment retrouvée à battre des records au Japon, remportant 30 courses alors qu’elle était sous licence à court terme, le plus grand nombre de victoires jamais atteint dans cette situation. Mickaëlle a vraiment apprécié son séjour au Japon et était sur le point de revenir avant la pandémie mondiale, mais Mickaëlle est déterminée à revenir. “J’adore l’atmosphère au Japon, il y a toujours beaucoup de monde et les Japonais adorent courir.” Outre le changement de langue entre le Japon et la France, il existe également de nombreuses différences avec les courses. Beaucoup de choses sont différentes entre le Japon et la France. Premièrement, les courses japonaises vont très vite, beaucoup de rythme et beaucoup de courses sur terre. De plus, l’organisation est différente. Au Japon, les chevaux marchent dans l’ anneau de parade 30 minutes avant la course, donc les jockeys doivent préparer leurs selles très tôt, en France A SCOT R ECO N T R E


on peut le faire entre les courses. La Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup sera la première expérience de course pour Mickaëlle au Royaume-Uni, mais elle s’est préparée. J’ai discuté avec Christophe Soumillon qui a roulé de nombreuses fois sur la piste et il m’a fait part de ses conseils. Je suis très excité; Je veux profiter de cette journée très spéciale. Mickaëlle a deux objectifs pour sa journée à Ascot, elle veut profiter de la journée et savourer l’expérience. Quand Mickaelle attend la Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, Mickaëlle profite de ses rares jours de quarantaine. “J’ai beaucoup d’entretiens à faire et je vais continuer à étudier les langues que je veux améliorer, y compris mon anglais et mon japonais que je ferai avec mon professeur en ligne.” Ayant gagné en Italie, en Allemagne, au Japon et en France, Mickaëlle est passionnée par le fait qu’elle est simplement connue comme une bonne jockey pas seulement une femme jockey. J’admire toutes les femmes jockeys. C’est un travail difficile quand vous ne travaillez qu’avec des hommes. Chaque femme travaille dur pour gagner le respect. Nous voulons juste être un jockey, pas une femme jockey parce que nous faisons le même travail. Chaque jockey féminine gagnante est une bonne publicité pour toutes les femmes jockeys. Je suis sûr que mes collègues et moi ouvrons les portes aux générations futures et nous pouvons en être fiers. » Avec le monde à ses pieds, il y a deux courses qu’elle aimerait le plus gagner J’aimerais gagner la Coupe Japonaise à cause de l’ambiance, mais j’aimerais aussi gagner l’Arc de Triomphe - une course célèbre, pourquoi pas avec un cheval japonais pour marquer l’histoire ? Avec sa devise “Travailler dur et ne jamais abandonner”, il n’est pas surprenant qu’il y ait encore beaucoup de rêves à réaliser pour Mickaëlle, “J’adorerais rouler aux USA mais je considérerai toutes les opportunités!”

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