The Shergar Cup’s global and inclusive team element makes it a unique event in the racing calendar. We have previewed all four teams and their best chances below, alongside Unibet‘s offer that provides up to £40 money back as a bonus, if your first racing bet loses.
Captain: Jamie Spencer
Best Chance: Orbaan (1.35pm)
A Great Britain team, whether aided by Ireland or not, has only won the Shergar Cup once since 2007. Their perennial captain, Jamie Spencer, will want to change that.
He heads a talented and experienced team in 2022, all of whom are Group 1 winners. Former Jockeys’ Championship runners-up Danny Tudhope and Neil Callan are alongside Kieran Shoemark on the British and Irish bench.
Montassib looks to have a great chance for Tudhope in the 3.55pm, but Orbaan looks to be the team’s best chance and could get them up and running early in the 1.35pm. He was a ready winner at Glorious Goodwood over 1m and even an 8lb rise might not stop him in this Classified Stakes.
He is officially rated 5lb too high for this race now, but having been entered prior to success, now looks the top dog.
Captain: Hayley Turner
Best Chance: Amanzoe (1.00pm)
The Girls team has had tremendous success in the Shergar Cup of late. The were the winners of the event last year and have won three of the last six tournaments in all.
Hayley Turner returns as captain and is alongside Joanna Mason, Nicola Currie and Emma-Jayne Wilson. Currie was the top rider in the 2021 Shergar Cup and they will be fancied to do very well again this season.
A fair few of the team’s rides are among the favourites, though none will be as short a price as Amanzoe in the opener. William Haggas’ filly is in tremendous form, with three wins from her last four starts, including emphatic successes the last twice.
This is another Classified race, ensuring all competitors carry level race, but this filly is going places and could rank significantly more highly yet.
Captain: Frankie Dettori
Best Chance: Isla Kai (3.55pm)
Frankie is back and there may well be confidence behind the European team. The last time they won the event in 2014, Dettori was captain.
The Italian is joined by his compatriot Antonio Fresu, currently one of the top riders based in the UAE, veteran Spaniard Jose-Luis Martinez and last year’s Arc winning jockey, the German Rene Piechulek. There is a strong mixture of flair and experience within the line-up.
However, early betting markets suggest they made need to use all their guile to win the competition, with no favourites in any of the eight races. They have a fair few who are second and third in the betting for certain contests though and Isla Kai may be the main one for Dettori.
Nigel Tinkler’s charge has run big races the last twice, especially at Royal Ascot and is 1lb lower than when sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup. He will look to pinch this from the front.
Captain: Christophe Lemaire
Best Chance: Adjourn (1.00pm)
Though French born, it is in Japan where captain Christophe Lemaire has enjoyed so much of his vast racing success. The Rest Of The World team will seek to immediately regain the Shergar Cup after winning it in 2019.
Lemaire has a pair of Australians at his disposal in Kerrin McEvoy and Jason Collett, while Japanese rider Takeshi Yokoyama will be the youngest jockey at the event aged 23. Though the quartet only have three Shergar Cup appearances between them, they have little to prove.
Much may rest on the shoulders of McEvoy, as like their European rivals, the luck of the draw has not been kind. Adjourn may be up against the shortest priced favourite of the day in Amanzoe, but the gelding is comfortably his nearest rival in the betting and arrives after a ready win at Doncaster last month.
David Simcock’s charge could easily have plenty more to offer after having only had five starts.
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