Shergar Cup 2022: the best jockeys in the world, from Japan to France, compete at Ascot

The Shergar Cup resumes this weekend at Ascot and the team competition is set for another great year amid mixed feelings over the format.

This has been compared to the Ryder Cup where jockeys compete in geographic and gender teams and amass a number of points to win and place, up to fifth place.

The Shergar Cup is back at Ascot this year after a huge 2021
Shergar Cup 2022: the best jockeys in the world, from Japan to France, compete at Ascot
Nicola Currie flying the flag of Great Britain and Ireland after winning the Classic on State Of Bliss in 2021

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There is also a great class of horses competing and with top jockeys involved it is not going to disappoint.

Much like the Racing League, teams are split based on geography, but there is also a women-only team with group winners Hollie Doyle and Hayley Turner.

The International Group and Grade 1 winners will also be featured on the card.

Including René Piechulek who notably won on Torquator Tasso, Christophe Lemaire who we often see winning in Hong Kong and the Japanese jockey Takeshi Yokoyama, winner of a Group 1 aboard Eforia in December.

Of course, Frankie Dettori will lead the European team while the Great Britain and Ireland team will include in-form riders Danny Tudhope and Neil Callan.

Shergar Cup 2022: the best jockeys in the world, from Japan to France, compete at Ascot
Eforia under Takeshi Yokoyama, winning the Grade 1 Fall Tenno-sho Championship at Tokyo Hippodrome in October
Shergar Cup 2022: the best jockeys in the world, from Japan to France, compete at Ascot
Christophe Lemaire riding Normcore in the Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong
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Shergar Cup 2022 Teams

  • Great Britain and Ireland: Jamie Spencer, Danny Tudhope, Neil Callan and Kieran Shoemark
  • Europe: Frankie Dettori, Antonio Fresu, René Piechulek and José-Luis Martinez
  • Rest of the world: Takeshi Yokoyama, Christophe Lemaire, Kerrin McEvoy and Jason Collett
  • ladies: Hayley Turner, Nicola Currie, Hollie Doyle and Emma-Jayne Wilson

The teams are ultra-competitive this season and it’s hard to separate them on paper with all able to ride in good places.

Doyle could help lead the women’s team to victory given their recent form and they have won it the last three years in a row.

But the Rest of the World team cannot be underestimated and Takeshi could make Ascot a fortress this weekend.

Shergar Cup point system

  • Winner: 15 points
  • Second: 10 points
  • Third: 7 points
  • Fourth: 5 points
  • Fifth: 3 points

Shergar Cup Race Tips

2.10, Shergar Cup Dash: King of the Stars

This gelding trained by Michael Appleby is in great shape, as is his trainer who has a 21% strike rate over the past two weeks.

He will likely be able to build on a solid second place finish at Ascot last time out and he even beat Sandown winner Lovely Mana, who was five lengths behind at the end and suggests there is more to come.

2.45, Shergar Cup Remainers: Rock Eagle

Will do the same at Royal Ascot where he finished a respectable seven behind progressive and now Group 1 rider Coltrane.

Andrew Balding finished just under five lengths behind Kyprios and Stradivarius, so there’s a lot to love about this 2m horse.

He last saw him get behind Reshoun in July and it’s very likely he’ll be in the thick of the action again.

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