Shergar Cup: Peslier notches first success and takes lead

Emma Jayne-Wilson of Canada celebratesEmma-Jayne Wilson: leads the Silver Saddle race as the Girls go to the top  PICTURE: Getty Images  

Shergar Cup, Ascot: race-by-race report

EMMA-JAYNE WILSON, team captain of the Girls, shot to the top of the Silver Saddle standings having supplemented her earlier victory in the Stayers event with a last-gasp success aboard Don’t Call Me in the Mile, taking her side to the top of the team event in the process.

The Girls, with a total of 50, lead Europe by three, with the Rest of the World on 41 and Great Britain and Ireland trailing on 22.

In a bunch finish Wilson narrowly prevailed over the Rest of the World’s S’manga Khumalo on Tenor. Great Britain and Ireland captain Tom Queally, who landed the spoils in the previous Challenge, was third on Magic City.

Previous Silver Saddle leader Olivier Peslier, who has yet to register a victory but was second and third in the opening two heats, finished fourth for the second consecutive race aboard Dark Emerald, with the Yuichi Fukunaga-ridden Bancnuanaheireann back in fifth.

Peslier remains in striking distance of Wilson, three points adrift with a total of 27, while Queally (22) is in third and Craig Williams, who landed the opening Dash aboard Goldream, occupies fourth place with a total of 18.

Richard Hughes and Jimmy Fortune, both part of the Great Britain and Ireland team, are yet to get off the mark as their side languish at the bottom of the quartet with 22 points. The Frankie Dettori-captained Europeans hold second with the Rest of the World in third.

Team
Girls: 50
Europe: 47
Rest of the World: 41
GB Ireland: 22

Silver Saddle
Wilson: 30
Peslier: 27
Queally: 22
Williams: 18
De Vries: 17
Khumalo: 15
Hofer: 13
Fukunaga: 8
Turner: 7
Dettori: 3

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