Debutant Joanna Mason is tipped to land top jockey gong in Ascot’s Shergar Cup… with 32-year-old part of Ladies squad who have won three of the last six editions of team event
- A debutant has been tipped to land the Silver Saddle gong in the Shergar Cup
- Joanna Mason, 32, is making her first foray into the team event held at Ascot
- She is part of the Ladies team which has won three of the last six editions
Joanna Mason is the 7-2 favourite with Coral to land the Silver Saddle for the leading jockey in the Shergar Cup at Ascot on her first shot at the competition.
Mason, 32, is part of the Ladies team which has won three of the last six editions of the jockey team event alongside Hayley Turner, Nicola Currie and Emma-Jayne Wilson, who is taking part for the seventh time.
Mason’s mounts include Amanzoe (1.00), the shortest-priced favourite on the card, Berkshire Breeze (4.30) and Admiral D (5.05).
Shergar Cup debutant Joanna Mason has been tipped to land the top jockey gong at Ascot
Frankie Dettori, who hasn’t ridden at the Shergar Cup for six years, returns to captain a European team which also includes Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winning rider Rene Piechulek, nine-time Spanish champion jockey Jose-Luis Martinez and Italian Antonio Fresu.
The Rest of the World team is captained by Frenchman Christophe Lemaire, top jockey in Japan for the last five years, Takeshi Yokoyama, from Japan, Australian Kerrin McEvoy, and New Zealander Jason Collett.
Jockeys are awarded points depending on their finishing position with 15, 10, 7, 5 and 3 to the first five home.
Mason (pictured in red) is forming part of the Ladies squad for the Shergar Cup team event
Richard Fahey-trained Perfect Power will bid to bounce back from a below-par run in the July Cup at Newmarket when he spearheads a strong British challenge for the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.
Christophe Soumillon’s mount, the Commonwealth Cup winner at Royal Ascot, failed to land a blow when seventh at Newmarket.
The raiding party also includes Charlie Appleby-trained Naval Crown, winner of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.