Top international riders for Shergar Cup
Dubai - Four teams representing Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, Rest of the World and The Girls will go head-to-head in the points-based competition
Twelve of the world's top international jockeys are heading for Ascot Racecourse, UK for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, the world's premier international jockeys' competition which takes place on Saturday, a press release said.
Four teams representing Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, Rest of the World and The Girls will go head-to-head in the points-based competition which is played out over six competitive ten-runner handicaps each worth GBP 60,000.
Irish-born Tadhg O'Shea, who is based in Great Britain and in March this year became the UAE's most successful rider of all-time, will captain the Great Britain & Ireland team. He is joined by Danny Tudhope, currently in second place in the British jockeys' Championship with more than 85 winners this season.
Jamie Spencer, winner of two British and five Irish Classics and four winners in five previous appearances at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup completes the line-up.
Hayley Turner, the most successful female jockey in British racing history, will lead The Girls team bidding for back-to-back Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup victories. On her 12th appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup last year, Turner collected the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for the meeting's most successful jockey.
Turner is joined by Japan's only licenced female jockey, Nanako Fujita, who returns to Europe having won the Women Jockeys' World Cup at Bro Park, Stockholm at the end of June, and Australia's Jamie Kah who set the record for most wins by a female jockey in an Australian season in 2016/17, ending the campaign with 129 wins.
Kah's 500th career win followed at Morphettville in July, 2017.
Japan's Yuga Kawada captains the Rest of the World team and makes his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Kawada is one of only eight jockeys in JRA history to have won all five Classic races in Japan, the first of which came with Captain Thule in the 2008 Japanese 2,000 Guineas. He has ridden over 1,200 winners in Japan, including 12 at Group 1 level and is on course to enjoy his best season to date, currently topping the JRA standings with more than 95 winners this season.