Female Jockeys claim landmark Ascot triumph at Shergar Cup

A trio of female jockeys beat three all-male sides to win racing’s premier team riding event – the Shergar Cup at Ascot – for the first time.

The ‘Girls’ team, of Emma-Jayne Wilson, Sammy Jo Bell and Hayley Turner, claimed three of the six races.

Bell clocked up a 55-1 double to collect the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for top rider and Wilson also won in the event, first run in 1999.

“This is definitely the best day of my career,” said Bell.

Canadian Wilson added: “We did it, we nailed it – we got the job done. It’s a team effort, but Sammy had an absolute rock star day.

“I hope that shuts up the doubters. Sammy did a brilliant job as an apprentice on the day and Hayley is the flagship female jockey in this country.”

Sammy Jo is the first woman to be Shergar Cup leading jockey, and was called up as a late replacement for the injured Cathy Gannon.

Watched by a 30,000 crowd, the women saw off some of the leading jockeys from across the world.

The Rest of the World team – including Melbourne Cup-winning rider Kerrin McEvoy – finished second in the competition, with Great Britain and Ireland third and Europe trailing in last.


Final scores


The Girls 80 points

Great Britain and Ireland 67

Rest of the World 66

Europe 27


Leading riders

Sammy-Jo Bell 35

Jamie Spencer 30

Kerrin McEvoy 30