2019 Shergar Cup verdict – Which team will lift the trophy at Ascot?
Our expert takes a look through the card on Shergar Cup day at Ascot to decide which team will be holding the trophy aloft after the final race on Saturday.
The Shergar Cup may have its critiques, but this unique team event is promoted wonderfully by Ascot racecourse and loved by those jockeys lucky enough to be involved. A trio of riders will represent four teams – Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest Of The World and the Girls. Their performances across the six races on Ascot’s card will earn points for their side and the team with the most accumulative points come the end of the card will lift the Shergar Cup.
Last year’s winning team, the Girls will be captained by Hayley Turner, who won the coveted Silver Saddle – awarded to the jockey who wins the most individual points – 12 months ago. Shergar Cup stalwart, Turner will be joined by two debutantes on Saturday, Australian rider, Jamie Kah and Japanese sensation, Nanako Fujita.
Home team, Great Britain and Ireland will be skippered by Tadhg O’Shea, who will be joined on Saturday by Cup regular, Jamie Spencer and Champion Jockey contender, Danny Tudhope. Gerald Mosse, Andrie De Vries and Filip Minarik will carry the European colours, while Mark Zahra, Yuga Kawada and Vincent Ho represent the Rest Of The World.
2019 Shergar Cup Winning Team Verdict
While I fancy Jamie Kah to ride Final Venture to victory in the opening Shergar Cup Dash, I fear the Girls may struggle a little this year. Sapa Inca and Pass The Vino could provide Turner with winning opportunities later in the card, and she will need to take them, otherwise the Girls could finish down in fourth place.
Vincent Ho has been in the winners while riding in Britain this summer and Power Of Darkness could had the Hong Kong sensation a maiden Shergar Cup victory in the Mile. Kawada and Zahra may fancy their chances on Big Kitten and Barbill respectively. Yet, like the Girls, the Rest Of The World lack depth throughout the card. Third place beckons for the boys in yellow.
This leaves two teams battling it out for the title and it’s easy to make a case for both. European rider, Gerald Mosse rides favourite Danzeno in the opener, while debutante, Filip Minarik could secure back-to-back wins with What A Welcome and Mandarin in races two and three. However, chances for the team Europe lessen a little as the card wears on, something which should allow GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND (9/4 bet365) to overhaul their European rivals and reclaim the trophy they last won in 2017.
Champion Jockey contender, Danny Tudhope will have high hopes for his rides on Saturday, with Billy Ray seeming his most likely winner in the Stayers’ race. Spencer, who has twice captained a winning side at the Shergar Cup, has some promising rides too, Victory Day being his most obvious winning opportunity in the card-closing Sprint.
The hopes of Great Britain and Ireland could lie in the hands of captain Tadhg O’Shea. While his team mates could hog the glory later in the card, victories for O’Shea onboard Vivid Diamond and returning Mile winner, Via Serendipity could seal Great Britain and Ireland’s triumph in the 2019 Shergar Cup.