Michelle Payne: first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup
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MELBOURNE CUP-winning jockey Michelle Payne will ride at Ascot this summer as part of the Girls team at the Shergar Cup.
Payne created history last November when winning the ‘race that stops a nation’ at Flemington on 100-1 shot Prince Of Penzance, as she was the first female rider in the history of the race to triumph.
Ascot’s head of international racing Nick Smith secured Payne’s services at the meeting last year, and she will join team captain Emma-Jayne Wilson and Cathy Gannon.
Sammy Jo Bell, who excelled when called up to replace the injured Gannon last year, claiming the silver saddle and helping the Girls team win the Cup for the first time, is only first reserve.
Wilson, who will be making her fifth Shergar Cup appearance, said: “I’m looking forward to reminding everyone what a powerful force we are. The Shergar Cup provides a great opportunity for us girls to prove we are as good as some of the world’s best male jockeys. Bring it on.”
Moore and Dettori in competition
Frankie Dettori will once again captain the European team, with French duo Thierry Jarnet and Pierre-Charles Boudot joining him. Both will be making their Shergar Cup debuts.
Ryan Moore will be part of the British and Irish team, with Jamie Spencer and Oisin Murphy alongside him.
Spencer said: “I really enjoy the Shergar Cup, it is fun to ride as part of a team and the atmosphere on the day is great.”
Reigning British champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa heads the Rest of the World team, with another pair of Cup debutants, South African champion Gavin Lerena and Japan Cup-winning jockey Kenichi Ikezoe.
The Shergar Cup will be staged on Saturday, August 6, and there has been a prize-money increase for the six races, each now worth £45,000, up from £40,000 last year.
Shergar Cup teams
Great Britain and Ireland: Jamie Spencer, Ryan Moore and Oisin Murphy
Europe: Frankie Dettori, Thierry Jarnet and Pierre-Charles Boudot
Rest of the World: Silvestre de Sousa, Gavin Lerena and Kenichi Ikezoe
Girls: Emma-Jayne Wilson, Michelle Payne and Cathy Gannon
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