Turner secures second Silver Saddle award at Shergar Cup

Rest Of The World Team emerge victorious overall at Ascot

  • Saturday 10 August
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Hayley Turner stole the show at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for the second year in succession as two winners and a second helped her defend her title as the leading rider at the popular meeting.

A year ago the multiple Group One-winning jockey led the Girls Team to win the Shergar Cup itself and beat Brazilian ace Joao Moreira by one point to claim the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle.

Twelve months on, the Girls had to settle for minor honours in the overall competition as the Rest Of The World Team emerged triumphant with 86 points, ahead of Team Europe and the Girls on 63 and Great Britain and Ireland on 28.

However, Turner still managed to become the first jockey in Shergar Cup history to claim the Silver Saddle in successive years with 40 points, five clear of Australian Mark Zahra on 35.

“I can’t believe it. I’d been trying to win the Silver Saddle for 12 years until last year,” the jockey told Sky Sports Racing.

“Alistair Haggis was the one who created this whole event and got the girls involved. He’s not with us now, which is really sad, and it’s nice to win it for him as this meeting really did give me a leg up in my career.”

Turner called time on her riding career in 2015, only to return to the saddle last year.

She added: “I needed a break and I don’t regret it (retiring), but I am certainly glad that I decided to come back.”

Leading Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada captained the winning Rest Of The World Team, which also featured Hong Kong rider Vincent Ho as well as Zahra.

Kawada said: “I didn’t have a great day myself, but my other members were very successful today and rode very well, winning a race each.

“I came here last year during a trip to England and it has been great to catch up with people I met last year. It has been good to meet new people – it has been a fun day.”