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Posted 2017-08-11 11:17:24  
Champions all at Shergar as Delpech carries SA hope

 Punters favourite, Anthony Delpech, the Durban based rider, will take the reigns as the South African representation in the prestigious Shergar Cup at Ascot. 

The event poses as a four team competition between the best jockeys in the world with a Rest of the World team facing Britian and Ireland as well as a ladies team and a European team. 

At stake for the winning team is the magnificent Shergar Cup, which depicts the mighty 1981 Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner. It was graciously provided by His Highness The Aga Khan, who owned Shergar.

Points will be awarded to the first five horses to finish in each of the six Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup races as follows - winner: 15 points; second: 10 points; third: 7 points; fourth: 5 points; fifth: 3 points. If there is a non-runner which cannot be replaced by a reserve, 4 points will be awarded both to the team and jockey missing out on the ride. The team with the most points after the six races have been run will receive the Shergar Cup at the closing ceremony.

The jockey amassing the most individual points will take home an additional £3,000 plus the “Allistair Haggis Silver Saddle” trophy.

David Flores in 2001, Richard Hughes in 2002, Kieren Fallon in 2003, Weichong Marwing in 2004, Ryan Moore in 2006, Hugh Bowman in 2007, Gerald Mosse in 2008, Richard Hughes for a second time in 2009, Fran Berry in 2010, Paul Hanagan in 2011, Matthew Chadwick in 2012 and Gerald Mosse in 2013, Olivier Peslier in 2014 and Sammy-Jo Bell in 2015 are the past winners of the Silver Saddle.

Europe: Adrie De Vries (c), Alexander Pietsch, Umberto Rispoli
Girls: Emma-Jayne Wilson (c), Michelle Payne, Hayley Turner
Rest Of The World: Kerrin McEvoy (c), Anthony Delpech, Keita Tosaki
Great Britain & Ireland: Jamie Spencer (c), Fran Berry, Neil Callan

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