Sutherland to take part in Ascot's Shergar Cup
Some of the world's best jockeys descend upon Ascot on Saturday for the Shergar Cup, an international competition comprising four teams of jockeys.
The line-up for the Rest of the World team of male jockeys is 18-time champion Yutaka Take (Captain, Japan), Dubai World Cup-winning Aaron Gryder (United States) and rising star Matthew Chadwick (Hong Kong).
The line-up for the European team of male jockeys will be Frankie Dettori (Captain, Italy), if he is available to ride, with his teammates, three-times champion Andreas Suborics (Germany) and Cristian Demuro, crowned last season's champion jockey aged just 19, (Italy). The line-up for the Great Britain & Ireland male team will be announced later this week.
The three male teams will go against the first ever all-female team to take part in an international jockeys' competition, made of up of arguably the world's three top female riders, Hayley Turner (Captain, United Kingdom), and Grade 1-winning riders Chantal Sutherland (Canada/United States) and Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada).
Riders accumulate points for their teams according to their finishing positions in the six races.
In Saturday's Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock, Gabrial has the option of a rather easier task compared to when he was outclassed by Frankel in last week's Group 1 Sussex Stakes, coming in third behind the wonder horse and his nearest pursuer, Farhh.
Some other useful types could feature in this event over an extended 1 1/4 miles, including Hughie Morrison's Sagramor, who was second to Carlton House on his reappearance at Sandown.
Saeed bin Suroor has entered Sandagiyr and Hunter's Light, while the highest-rated horse in the field is the John Gosden-trained Questioning, although he has not won since claiming the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes in the spring.
Ransom Note, Jet Away, Kingsdesire and Mark Johnston's Landaman, winner of the first and last events at Glorious Goodwood, are other notable entries.
There's one Group 1 race this week, and that takes place at The Curragh in Ireland on Sunday. The €190,000 Phoenix Stakes is for two-year-olds and run over six furlongs and could see the reappearance of this season's leading juvenile Dawn Approach.
Unbeaten in his four starts, the Jim Bolger-trained son of New Approach was last seen defeating subsequent dual Group 2 winner Olympic Glory at Royal Ascot in June.
This top-class card also includes two Group 2 contests, the Debutante Stakes, for two-year-old fillies over seven furlongs, and the Royal Whip Stakes over 10 furlongs. There's also the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint over six furlongs.
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