Shergar Cup 2023

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND

LUKE MORRIS

Age: 34. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Made international headlines after riding Alpinista to victory in Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp in October. Has ridden more than 100 winners in each calendar year since 2011, with his best of 189 coming in 2014 and 2015. Celebrated his 2,000th British winner at Southwell in January, having recorded his first career winner at the track in November 2005. Champion all-weather jockey in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18. One Royal Ascot winner.

DECLAN McDONOGH

Age: 43. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 1; Wins: 0; Points; 13. Ireland’s champion jockey in 2006 with 87 winners. Notched his Irish 1,000th success at Navan in May 2019. Son of Des McDonogh, who trained Monksfield to win back-to-back Champion Hurdles 1978 and 1979. Tasted Royal Ascot success on Elhamri in the 2006 Windsor Castle Stakes.

TOM MARQUAND

Age: 25. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Has ridden G1 winners in Britain, France, Ireland and Australia. Registered first Classic victory aboard Galileo Chrome in the 2020 St Leger. Champion apprentice in 2015 with 54 winners. Tied second with wife Hollie Doyle in last season’s jockeys’ championship, his third top three finish in as many years. Five Royal Ascot winners, including on Desert Hero for Their Majesties The King & Queen in this year’s King George V Handicap.

EUROPE

FRANKIE DETTORI

Age: 52. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 11; Wins: 2; Points: 170. Champion jockey in Britain in 1994, 1995 and 2004. Transcended the sport on September 28, 1996, when he rode all seven winners at Ascot at odds of 25,051/1. Has enjoyed big-race winners across Europe and beyond, including Australia, the Far East, North America, and the Middle East. Reached the milestone of 3,000 British winners in August 2016. Has ridden 23 British Classic winners, including Derby victors Authorized and Golden Horn. Most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 81 wins.

OLIVIER PESLIER

Age: 50. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 4; Wins: 2; Points: 88. Champion jockey in France in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000. Renowned international rider who has won major races across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East. Most famous for his association with star filly Goldikova, on whom he won 17 times, including 14 G1s. Two British Classic victories, including the 1998 Derby on High-Rise. 15 Royal Ascot winners.

Thore Hammer Hansen

Age: 23. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Born in Cologne and raised in Denmark. Now based in the UK but rides regularly in Germany, where he won his first Group race aboard Dapango in the G2 Oettingen Rennen last September. Enjoyed Royal Ascot success on Couer De Lion in the 2020 Ascot Handicap. Father Lennart Hammer Hansen was an accomplished jockey and rode over 1,000 winners in Scandinavia and Hong Kong.

LADIES

HAYLEY TURNER

Age: 40. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 15; Wins: 9; Points: 322. The all-time leading rider at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. Won the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle in 2018 and 2019. Shared Britain’s Champion Apprentice title with Saleem Golam in 2005. In 2008, she became the first woman to ride 100 British winners in a calendar year. The first female rider to win a domestic G1 outright on Dream Ahead in the 2011 July Cup, one of three G1 wins for the jockey. Registered the first of four Royal Ascot victories on Thanks Be in the 2019 Sandringham Handicap.

SAFFIE OSBORNE

Age: 21. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Crowned Racing League’s leading rider in 2022 thanks to a sensational 6,538.5/1 treble on the closing night. Enjoyed her first domestic Group-race victory aboard the Ed Walker-trained Random Harvest in the G3 Valiant Stakes at Ascot last month. Daughter of former jockey and Lambourn trainer Jamie Osborne.

HOLLIE DOYLE

Age: 26. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 2; Wins: 1; Points: 32. Set a new record for most wins (172) by a female jockey in a British calendar year in 2021, eclipsing her previous records in 2019 (116) and 2020 (150). Became the first British female jockey to win a Classic when guiding Nashwa to victory in the 2022 Prix de Diane. Almost went through the card with a 899/1 five-timer at Windsor on August 29, 2020, a feat she repeated at Kempton Park the following March. Married to Tom Marquand, who will be riding for GB & Ireland at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. Six Royal Ascot winners, including a three-timer at the meeting this year.

REST OF THE WORLD

JOAO MOREIRA

Age: 39 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 2; Wins: 3; Points: 66. Brazilian-born rider who has earned the nickname “Magic Man”. A graduate of the Sao Paulo apprentice academy, he rode more than 1,000 winners in Brazil and twice won the country’s coveted Eclipse Award for top jockey. Moved to Singapore in 2009 and won four consecutive champion jockey titles, including riding all eight winners on a Kranji card. Alongside three Hong Kong jockey championships (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17), set the record for the most winners in a season (170 – 2016/17), the fastest century of winners in a season (2016/17) and the most winners on a Hong Kong raceday (eight – March 5, 2017).

MATTHEW CHADWICK

Age: 33. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup record: Appearances: 1; Wins: 1; Points: 45. Impressed as his Rest of The World team won the 2012 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, riding a winner and three seconds to claim the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle. Hong Kong’s champion apprentice in 2008/09, where he has since ridden over 500 winners. Best known for his association with California Memory, whom he rode to victory in back-to-back editions of the G1 Hong Kong Cup in 2011 and 2012. Graduate of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Apprentice Jockeys’ School, he completed his apprenticeship in Australia, which included a four-timer at Lismore Racecourse.

KAZUO YOKOYAMA

Age: 30. Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut. Gained a breakthrough G1 success on Titleholder in the 2022 Tenno Sho (Spring), a horse he would later ride to finish 11th in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. From a family steeped in racing – grandfather Tomio and father Norihiro (also a Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey in 2001) were G1-winning jockeys, as is his younger brother Takeshi, who rode at last year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.