Berry picked for Shergar duty

FRAN BERRY and Alan Munro have been named as the final two riders to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Officials were left searching for replacement jockeys after the likes of Ryan Moore, Kieren Fallon and Frankie Dettori pulled out of the meeting earlier in the week, but the teams have now been finalised.

Hayley Turner, riding in her fourth Shergar Cup, will captain the Great Britain squad and is joined by Jim Crowley and Munro.

Richard Hughes, twice winner of the Shergar Cup Silver Saddle, was drafted in as captain of the Irish team following Fallon’s defection and he is accompanied by Pat Smullen and John Oxx’s stable jockey Fran Berry.

King George-winning jockey Olivier Peslier captains the European hopes and will have Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon and Italian Umberto Rispoli on his side.

The jockeys for the fourth and final team, the Rest Of The World, are South Africa’s Anton Marcus (captain), Japanese rider Yasunari Iwata and Australian Luke Nolen.

Meanwhile, Saeed bin Suroor will assess ground conditions before committing Rio De La Plata to Saturday’s Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

The chestnut was a Group One winner in 2007 and while injury problems have hindered him since, he showed he still retains plenty of ability when dead-heating with Mabait in a Pontefract Listed event last month.

His trainer is considering stepping his charge back up in grade and trip on Merseyside this weekend but will not risk him on unsuitably fast ground.

“Rio De Plata won last time and is doing well. He is entered at Haydock, but we will see what the ground is like,” said bin Suroor.

“He wants good or good to soft ground. Firm ground would not suit him.

“He is working well at home, so we will see.”

Bin Suroor also has one-time Derby hope Chabal entered in the Group Three contest, but he has instead been declared for Friday’s Newmarket Nights Conditions Stakes.

“Chabal is very good at the moment but the ground is very important to him,” the trainer added.

“He missed the Irish Derby because the ground was too fast and he needs it softer.”

Impressive maiden winner Clinical looks set to test the water in Group company in Saturday’s Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

The daughter of Motivator was sent off favourite for her racecourse introduction at Doncaster and did not let her supporters down as she travelled nicely and showed a nice turn of foot to score by half a length.

Chris Richardson, managing director of the owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “We’re certainly looking at running her at Newmarket and Sir Mark (Prescott) has been very happy with her since Doncaster.

“She’s a nice filly and the form of her last run has been confirmed with the runner-up and the third running well again at Goodwood last week.

“She clearly has a level of ability so she’ll step up in class now and we’ll find out more about her.”

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