Female team to take on boys at Ascot

Hayley Turner is to join North American stars Chantal Sutherland and Emma-Jayne Wilson to form the first ever female team at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on August 11.

Turner, who has taken part annually since 2006, is Britain’s most accomplished lady rider in history, winning two Group Ones last season as well as becoming the first of her sex to ride 100 winners in a calendar year.

She has plenty of assistance through Wilson, who has ridden in the Shergar Cup once before and is one of the top jockeys in Canada, while the glamorous Sutherland, who is also Canadian, rode a Grade One winner in the USA last year and also competed in last week’s Dubai World Cup.

They will be against three male teams, representing Great Britain & Ireland, Europe and the Rest of the World.

James Doyle gets an automatic invitation as a result of winning the Dubai Duty Free and will make his Shergar Cup debut for the Great Britain & Ireland team. The remaining riders will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp next month is a possible target for Saturday’s hugely impressive Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape.

The six-year-old finally landed the Group One prizes his consistency deserved with an awesome performance under a fine ride by James Doyle.

Given that win was over nine furlongs, trainer Roger Charlton now has the option of coming back to a mile with his charge, or stepping up in distance to 10 furlongs. He could also stick at nine furlongs in France.

“There are lots of options,” said Charlton.

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