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Nice Britain and Eire dominated the Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday as Neil Callan...

Nice Britain and Eire dominated the Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday as Neil Callan took house the Silver Saddle trophy.

Led by captain Jamie Spencer, Nice Britain and Eire gained 5 contests on the expanded eight-race card to depart defending champions the Girls, Europe and the Remainder of the World effectively behind.

Each Spencer and Callan loved doubles on the day, with team-mate Kieran Shoemark including one other.

Joanna Mason had obtained Hayley Turner’s Girls staff off to a flying begin on her first-ever trip within the staff competitors, earlier than Turner loved her customary Shergar Cup victory and legendary Canadian rider Emma-Jayne Wilson added a 3rd.

There was no luck for Frankie Dettori’s Europe staff as they and the Remainder of the World ended the day winless.

Picture: Closing standing within the 2022 Shergar Cup at Ascot

How the Shergar Cup unfolded…

Mason obtained the Girls staff off to the proper begin when steering William Haggas’ Amanzoe to victory within the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Curtain Raiser Labeled Stakes.

Victory for Mason, a late alternative for Hollie Doyle, was by no means unsure as soon as the 5/2 joint-favourite hit the entrance within the house straight, sending each rider and the defending champions to the highest of the leaderboard with 15 factors.

“It is a lengthy outdated straight right here, is not it?! I hoped I may do the ladies proud,” Mason informed Sky Sports activities Racing, having began the day as favorite to take the Silver Saddle title awarded to the highest rider.

A delighted Haggas mentioned: “She is enhancing. She gained very properly and has been given an ideal trip.

“One of many causes the Shergar Cup is so profitable is that it provides everybody an opportunity to satisfy a number of international jockeys.

“It’s a actual world occasion and it’s terrific that the ladies have gotten a great begin. Jo has confirmed that, given the precise ammunition, she is simply nearly as good as anybody.”

Final standings in the Shergar Cup Silver Saddle
Picture: Closing standings within the Shergar Cup Silver Saddle

Superb Goodwood winner Orbaan was given a canny steer by Callan to double up within the Dubai Obligation Free Full Of Surprises Labeled Stakes.

The 10/Three joint-favourite picked up most factors, with Divine Magic claiming the silver medal for the Remainder of the World as Takeshi Yokoyama loved a wonderful first trip at Ascot.

Callan mentioned: “It was simple. It’s a pleasure while you trip horses like that. It was a duplicate of Goodwood – he relaxes and travels. You possibly can really feel he is eager to go and once we obtained to the 2 [furlong] pole, I used to be like, ‘wait a bit bit longer’, and that fills him with confidence. While you pull him out, he accelerates actually rapidly.”

Orbaan and Neil Callan win at the Shergar Cup for Britain and Ireland
Picture: Orbaan and Neil Callan win on the Shergar Cup for Britain and Eire

The Shergar Cup’s two most skilled jockeys fought out the end of the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Sprint as Turner aboard the 7/2 favorite Manaccan simply held on from the Dettori-ridden Judicial.

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The 2-time Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle winner was using her ninth winner within the occasion and gave the Girls staff their second success of the afternoon.

“It is so good [to have another winner] – I believed he was my greatest trip,” smiled Turner, whose staff had been on 39 factors after the win – simply two behind Nice Britain and Eire.

Hayley Turner celebrates her ninth Shergar Cup success with Manaccan
Picture: Hayley Turner celebrates her ninth Shergar Cup success with Manaccan

Themaxwecan (9/1) ended an extended shedding run in an exhilarating end to the longest race of the day, the two-mile Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Stayers.

Spencer partnered the six-year-old for Mark and Charlie Johnston, with the victory extending the lead of Nice Britain and Eire on the high of the standings.

Themaxwecan and Jamie Spencer win at the Shergar Cup for Great Britain and Ireland
Picture: Themaxwecan and Jamie Spencer win on the Shergar Cup for Nice Britain and Eire

It didn’t take lengthy for Nice Britain and Eire so as to add their third victory of the afternoon when Shoemark guided Delight Of Priory to attain within the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Problem.

The three/1 winner was additionally a second triumph on the cardboard for Somerville Lodge handler Haggas, and noticed the GB and Eire staff strengthen their place on the high.

Haggas mentioned: “He has gained actually properly. I do not know what we are going to go for. We’ll attempt to go for a nicer race now. He is gained on quick floor, which is nice. I at all times thought he wished a little bit of dig.

“I at all times thought he wished to go left-handed, whereas the spouse [Maureen Haggas] at all times thought he wished to go right-handed, so there you go.

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“It’s the little victories in life – and that could be a large one for her!”

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Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori took a break from captaining Europe on the Shergar Cup to check his soccer abilities within the Ascot parade ring

There was a fourth Shergar Cup winner for Wilson who guided Jungle Cove (14/1) to victory within the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Mile.

Given a affected person trip from the Canadian, the Jessica Harrington-trained five-year-old was pushed out for a simple success. Callan rode runner-up Redarna to high the jockey standings with two races left.

Harrington mentioned: “It was the primary time I’ve had a runner within the Shergar Cup and it was a fairytale ending.

“I am thrilled with him. I used to be delighted when he obtained in, as a result of he wanted 4 or 5 to return out. He’ll go on any floor – he is simply a type of horses.

“I am all for the staff idea. I’m delighted we obtained a win for the ladies. It was very effectively deliberate.”

Neil Callan celebrates one of his two winners at the Shergar Cup at Ascot
Picture: Neil Callan celebrates certainly one of his two winners on the Shergar Cup at Ascot

There was not solely a double for Spencer, however a treble for Haggas as 3/1 joint-favourite Hamaki held on bravely within the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Traditional.

The victory gave Nice Britain and Eire an unassailable lead within the standings, whereas Spencer headed the race for the Silver Saddle by two from Callan with just one race to go.

It was Callan who sealed the deal within the final, taking the Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup Dash with 4/1 co-favourite Adaay In Asia, skilled by Harry Dunlop.