Ikezoe, de Sousa and Lerena win at the Shergar Cup
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By Tony McFadden 5:15PM 6 AUG 2016
THIERRY JARNET claimed the Silver Saddle and the Rest Of The World were crowned the winning team at a thrilling Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
South African rider Gavin Lerena – rated the 25-1 outsider by bookmakers before the meeting – had opened up what looked to be a decisive advantage after winning the penultimate race on Danehill Kodiac.
However, Lerena’s mount in the final race, Exceed The Limit, finished outside the points and Jarnet, who had also won the opening race on the card with In Salutem, bookended the card by steering Kadrizzi to an authoritative win.
Frenchman Jarnet, who is best known in recent years for his association with star mares Moonlight Cloud and Treve, had not ridden a winner in Britain for 21 years before he struck on In Salutem.
“I am delighted to finally ride a winner at Ascot – it’s a beautiful racecourse,” Jarnet said. “The ground was perfect and it’s fantastic to win the Silver Saddle. It’s very nice to come to England and ride at these meetings.”
Despite Jarnet’s teammate Pierre-Charles Boudot completing a one-two for Europe in the final race, Kenichi Ikezoe’s fourth-place finish on Suqoor – and the vital five points it brought – was enough to secure the team prize for the Rest Of The World.
Winning team captain Silvestre de Sousa said: “I’ve really enjoyed the day. It’s something a bit different and was a big team effort. We had some great riders on our team and it’s great to win.”
The girls team may not have been able to retain the crown they won last year but one of their team members provided one of the day’s most memorable moments.
Hayley Turner, a three-time top-level winner, quit race-riding at the end of last season but came out of retirment to ride at the Shergar Cup for the tenth time.
Her big moment came in the fourth race when she won aboard Early Morning at 6-1 – the four-day whip ban she picked up is unlikely to cause the rider too much concern considering her retired status.
“It’s so nice to do it here, it’s so special and I am thrilled,” said Turner. “I think my celebrations showed how much it meant to me – I nearly fell off the horse as I was waving and blowing kisses to everyone!”
Final team standings
Rest of the World 68
Final Silver Saddle standings
Thierry Jarnet 38
Gavin Lerena 30
Kenichi Ikezoe 25
Pierre-Charles Boudot 24
Emma Jayne-Wilson 24