Shergar Cup 'veteran' Hayley Turner is relishing the prospect of captaining the first all-female team (3/1 to win Shergar Cup) at Ascot this weekend. The event has had its critics over the years but will be staged for the 12th time this weekend, with a huge crowd expected. Turner (8/1 Top Shergar Cup Jockey) has ridden in seven renewals, partnering four winners, and will join forces with star Canadians Chantal Sutherland and Emma-Jayne Wilson.
She said: "I don't think Chantal (12/1 Top Shergar Cup Jockey) and Emma-Jayne need much advice from me as they are experienced jockeys. They will do their homework about the horses they are riding and I should be able to help them. I look forward to the Shergar Cup every year - it is something a bit different. I've done quite well with four winners, but I would like to win the trophy there (the Silver Saddle for leading rider)."
Wilson (8/1 Top Shergar Cup Jockey) was born in Canada to British parents and has some experience of London and Ascot. She said: "I arrived late Tuesday morning and I made an attempt to go down to the Olympic Park but that was rather short-lived, although it was good fun to bounce around London a little bit. We used to come to England every now and then when I was younger. I am riding at Woodbine in Toronto on Sunday, the day after the Shergar Cup, so I have a car ready to make a quick getaway. I rode in the Shergar Cup in 2006 - Hayley tells me I was useless! - but it was good fun. I've had a few more years' experience and I am a little more seasoned."