THE three-man team of jockeys representing the Rest Of The World (ROW), lifted the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup after a day of fierce competition at Ascot, UK, on Saturday.
South Africa’s Gavin Lerena, Silvestre De Sousa of Brazil and Kenichi Ikezoe of Japan secured the winning total of 68 points between them – the South African delighting the Ascot crowd with two well-ridden winners. He was a favourite with members of the active British racing press.
Thierry Jarnet of France, representing Europe, also had two winners on the card, but a few extra places gave him an eight-point victory over Lerena in the Silver Saddle Standings.
Lerena posted his double by winning Race 3, the Shergar Cup Stayers over 3200m with a well-judged ride on Amanda Perrett’s Arch Villain, who came back from the jaws of defeat to snatch a win.
Two races later Lerena rode trainer Richard Hannon’s three-year-old, Danehill Kodiac, to an eye-catching win from off the pace, eliciting accolades from the race caller.
“This is the hub of racing where you really get seen and known as a jockey,” Lerena told an on-course interviewer. Asked if he would consider riding permanently in the UK, Lerena said: “If the right opportunity comes I will definitely grab it with both hands.’’ (Scroll down for video).
Shergar Cup Results
Final team standings
Rest of the World 68
Final Silver Saddle standings
Thierry Jarnet 38
Gavin Lerena 30
Kenichi Ikezoe 25
Pierre-Charles Boudot 24
Emma Jayne-Wilson 24
Joe Fanning 22
Martin Harley 21
Hayley Turner 20