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The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will have an all-female team for the first time

Updated: Monday, 02 Apr 2012 15:09

Hayley Turner will captain an all-female team at the Shergar Cup
Hayley Turner will captain an all-female team at the Shergar Cup

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

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

Turner captained the Great Britain team from 2008-2010, while Emma-Jayne Wilson is the only other female to have taken part in the competition as part of the Rest of the World Team in 2006, when the competition had a two-team format.

Turner, who will captain the female team, said: “The three of us rode against each other in the Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge in the USA last year and I told Ascot straight afterwards that if there was ever an all girls’ team at the Shergar Cup, we’d definitely be keen to take part."

Turner added: “I’m thrilled that it’s going ahead and having been with Chantal in Dubai last week, I can tell you that we’re both really up for putting one over on the boys on 11 August and I know Emma-Jayne will be too!”

The format of the event stays the same, with four teams of three jockeys taking part across six races, each with ten runners.

The team with the highest total after the sixth race lifts the Shergar Cup and the jockey with the highest individual score wins the Silver Saddle trophy.

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