Women Jockeys' World Cup Champion Nanako Fujita will take part in this year's Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday, 10th August.
Ascot Racecourse announced on Wednesday that Tadhg O’Shea, Filip Minarik, Yuga Kawada and Hayley Turner have been confirmed as team captains for the event. Hayley, who captained the Girls team to victory, is back, and will be joined by recent Women Jockeys' World Cup winner Nanako Fujita and Australian top jockey Jamie Kah.
Last year saw the Girls team lift the trophy having amassed 76 points during the day, six clear of Team Europe on 70 points.
Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot, said:
“The jockey line up is looking strong, and will be confirmed as soon as retainer commitments are known. We are delighted with the domestic and international line up. In Danny Tudhope, who leads the British jockeys’ championship and rode four winners at Royal Ascot, and in star Japanese jockey, Nanako Fujita, that nation’s highest profile female rider ever and winner of the recent Women Jockeys' World Cup at Bro Park in Sweden, we have two of the most ‘of the moment’ jockeys riding at present.”
Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, said:
“The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup continues to grow in stature and importance year-on-year and we are delighted to have played a part in the development of this unique raceday since its inception. As a global brand, the international element of the competition is important to Dubai Duty Free and we are delighted that the event has once again attracted top names from around the world.”
Ascot Racecourse further announced that the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will be run for £360,000, a total increase of £90,000.
The Girls Team:
36 years old.
The most successful female jockey in Britain ever, setting records.
Joint champion apprentice in 2005.
Biggest UK wins came in 2011 G1 Darley July Cup (Dream Ahead) & 2011 G1 Nunthorpe Stakes (Margot Did).
Became only the second female rider to partner a winner at Royal Ascot when successful on Thanks Be in 2019 Sandringham Handicap.
Has made more Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup appearances than any other jockey – 12 in total.
21 years old.
She obtained her Japan Racing Association jockey’s licence in 2016 – the first female to do so for 16 years.
Became the most successful female jockey in Japan in August, 2018, when recording her 35th career victory.
Set another record when becoming first female JRA jockey to ride in a G1 race – she finished fifth on Copano Kicking in the February Stakes at Tokyo on February 19, 2019.
Top jockey at the third running of the Women Jockeys' World Cup at Bro Park in Stockholm, Sweden on June 30, 2019 with two successes – her first in Europe.
She has enjoyed a total of over 60 winners in Japan.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.
23 years old.
From an equestrian background and was riding trackwork before the age of 15.
Won 2012/13 Adelaide Jockeys’ Premiership while still an apprentice. Won the same title again in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.
Spent time in UK in 2015, riding work for Sir Michael Stoute and Jeremy Gask.
She set a new record for the most wins by a female jockey in an Australian season in 2016/17 – 129 as against 111 previously.
The Melbourne-based jockey enjoyed her first G1 success on Harlem in the 2019 Australian Cup at Flemington on March 9. She has partnered nearly 800 winners.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut.