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2022 Shergar Cup Preview, Trends & Analysis

Published: Aug 3, 2:29pm Last Updated: Aug 8, 12:04pm Horse Racing 0 Comments 109 Views

The 2022 Shergar Cup will take place at Ascot on Saturday the 6th of August, on the day of the races, you will be able to see who the OLBG racing tipsters are backing in each of the six races on the Ascot Betting Tips page.

The Shergar Cup was originally created to create a 'Ryder Cup' kind of competition and the inaugural competition featured Europe vs the Middle East and took place at Goodwood. A year later, it was moved to Ascot and the Middle East team became the Rest of the World and then after the Ascot renovations, the competition returned with the four teams we have this year. Team GB and Ireland have combined in recent years but were separated in 2021.

The Shergar Cup which is sponsored by Dubai Duty-Free is a unique event where teams of jockeys compete against each other, there are four teams for 2022, Great Britain (Blue & Black silks), Ireland (Green & Black silks), the Rest of the World (Yellow & Black silks) and the Ladies team (Cerise and Black silks).

2022 Shergar Cup Teams

Each team will send out 2 or 3 jockeys into each of the six races, the numbers will differ for each race to make sure each team has the exact number of rides each and points will be scored based on the performance in each race with riders picking up points if they finish in the top five.

Ladies: TBA

Rest of the World: TBA

Great Britain: TBA

Ireland: TBA

Shergar Cup Point Scoring

  • 1st Place: 15 Points
  • 2nd Place: 10 Points
  • 3rd Place: 7 Points
  • 4th Place: 5 Points
  • 5th Place: 3 Points
  • 6th or worse: 0 Points

The team who accumulates the most number of points will be crowned champions whilst the rider who accumulates the most points will win the Alistair Haggis 'Silver Saddle' Trophy.

Past Ten Shargar Cup winners & Silver Saddle Winners

*There was no event held in 2020

Year Winning Team Points Captain Silver Saddle Winner Points
2021 Ladies 69 Hayley Turner Nicola Currie (Ladies) 47
2019 Rest Of The World 86 Yuga Kawada Hayley Turner (Ladies) 40
2018 Ladies 76 Josephine Gordon Hayley Turner (Ladies) 39
2017 Great Britain & Ireland 86 Jamie Spencer Fran Berry (GB & IRE) 37
2016 Rest of the World 68 Silvestre de Sousa Thierry Jarnet (EUR) 38
2015 Ladies 69 Emma-Jayne Wilson Sammy Jo Bell (Ladies) 42
2014 Europe 69 Frankie Dettori Olivier Peslier (EUR) 42
2013 Europe 97 Gérald Mossé Gérald Mossé (EUR) 46
2012 Rest of the World 89 Yutaka Take Matthew Chadwick (ROW) 45
2011 Ireland 80 Richard Hughes Paul Hanagan (GB) 35

2022 Shergar Cup Races

There are the usual six races for 2022, each race will be compiled by ten runners, four of the six races are classed as Class 2 handicaps, the other two are both Class 3 handicaps.

  • Dash (5f, 3yo+, Class 2)
  • Stayers (2m, 4yo+, Class 2)
  • Challenge (1m4f, 4yo+, Class 3)
  • Mile (1m, 4yo+, Class 2)
  • Classic (1m4f, 3yo, Class 3)
  • Sprint (6f, 3yo, Class 2)

The class two Shergar Cup Dash is the opening race of the Shergar Cup meeting, it is open to runners who are aged three or older and is run over a distance of five furlongs.

When looking over the past 13 renewals, a time of 58.53 was set by Desert Law in 2012, that is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Cristian Demuro. The slowest winning time was set in 2021 when Tis Marvellous won in a time of 1:01.93, booked to ride was Kevin Stott on this Clive Cox trained runner.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Dash market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 13 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2009 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2018 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 120%, whilst on average over the last 13 renewals of the Shergar Cup Dash, the over-round has been 117% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £117 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 13 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 1 winner. Backing all 12 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -5.00.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Dash

There are two leading trainers in the Shergar Cup Dash over the last 13 renewals with both Robert Cowell & Andrew Balding who have both won the race 3 times. Robert Cowell winners have been with Prohibit (2010), Goldream (2014) & Secretinthepark (2015). Andrew Balding winners have been with Dungannon (2011), Desert Law (2012) & Stone Of Destiny (2019). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Shergar Cup Dash is Clive Cox (2 wins).

There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Shergar Cup Dash, Hayley Turner has had a total of 11 rides to the race without recording any wins.

Shergar Cup Dash Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Dash:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 Tis Marvellous
7yo 9-13 (1 of 10) 9/2F
Kevin Stott
Clive Cox
2019 Stone Of Destiny
4yo 9-4 (1 of 1) 11/2
Filip Minarik
Andrew Balding
2018 Tis Marvellous
4yo 9-13 (7 of 1) 6/1
Hollie Doyle
Clive Cox
2017 Stake Acclaim
5yo 9-6 (12 of 1) 4/1F
Jamie Spencer
Dean Ivory
2016 In Salutem
6yo 9-7 (7 of 1) 9/2F
Thierry Jarnet
K J Condon

Shergar Cup Dash Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,(1,4),5,1,2,6,(2,5),1,5,1,(1,3),4,3,(1,3)

  • 13 / 13 (54%) - Within first 5 of market
  • 13 / 13 (57%) - No bigger than 9/1
  • 13 / 13 (62%) - No more than 3 wins (Trip)
  • 13 / 13 (64%) - Had 2-6 wins (Career)
  • 13 / 13 (68%) - Ran in a Class 2 (LTO)
  • 13 / 13 (73%) - Ran in a handicap (LTO)
  • 13 / 13 (75%) - Fewer than 6 handicap wins
  • 13 / 13 (77%) - Break of 7-28 days
  • 13 / 13 (80%) - Made 1-3 starts (30 Days)
  • 13 / 13 (82%) - Beaten no more 10l (Debut)
  • 12 / 13 (38%) - In a field of 18-28 (LTO)
  • 12 / 13 (74%) - No older than 6yo
  • 12 / 12 (76%) - Never won at Ascot

We go from the opening five-furlong dash to the two-mile Shergar Cup Stayers, flat horses at either end of the spectrum, those all about speed to those all about stamina, this class two is open to runners who are aged four or older.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Amanda Perrett trained Arch Villain ridden by Gavin Lerena who has set the fastest winning time in the Shergar Cup Stayers, the runner won the race in a time of 3:27.35 which was set when winning the race in 2016. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Pat Eddery with Mana DArgent who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 3:41.14 in the 2002 renewal.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Stayers market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2006 when the race had an over-round of 111%. The race in 2019 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 122%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Shergar Cup Stayers, the over-round has been 117% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £117 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 2 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +1.00.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Stayers

There are multiple leading trainers in the Shergar Cup Stayers over the last 20 renewals with all of Ian Williams, Andrew Balding & Roger Charlton having all won the race 2 times. Ian Williams winners have been with Ile De Re (2011) & Address Unknown (2012). Andrew Balding winners have been with Bernie The Bolt (2010) & Cleonte (2018). Roger Charlton winners have been with Dorothys Friend (2004) & Dorothys Friend (2006).

There are multiple leading jockeys in the Shergar Cup Stayers over the last 20 renewals with all of Hayley Turner, Yutaka Take, Kieren Fallon & Pat Eddery having all won the race 2 times. Hayley Turner winners have been with Gee Dee Nen (2008) & Eddystone Rock (2019). Yutaka Take winners have been with Leg Spinner (2007) & Ile De Re (2011). Kieren Fallon winners have been with Shabernak (2003) & Homeric (2013). Pat Eddery winners have been with Moon Emperor (2001) & Mana DArgent (2002).

Shergar Cup Stayers Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Stayers:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 Just Hubert
5yo 9-2 (9 of 10) 11/1
Nicola Currie
William Muir & Chris Grassick
2019 Eddystone Rock
7yo 9-6 (6 of 1) 13/2
Hayley Turner
John Best
2018 Cleonte
5yo 9-6 (8 of 1) 9/2
Per-Anders Graberg
Andrew Balding
2017 Euchen Glen
4yo 9-6 (12 of 1) 7/1
Adrie de Vries
Jim Goldie
2016 Arch Villain
7yo 10-0 (12 of 1) 25/1
Gavin Lerena
Amanda Perrett

Shergar Cup Stayers Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,2,8,3,1,1,1,2,2,1,4,1,(1,2),3,9,2,9,8,9,3

  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Highest placed Listed-Cl3
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Won within 11 starts
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Placed within 6 starts
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - 2+ season starts
  • 19 / 20 (79%) - No more than +3lbs vs race ave
  • 19 / 20 (84%) - Either GB or IRE bred
  • 18 / 20 (68%) - Ran in a Class 2 (LTO)
  • 18 / 20 (74%) - 2-6 wins (Career)
  • 18 / 20 (75%) - Beaten no more 14½l (LTO)
  • 17 / 20 (53%) - No bigger than 8/1

The Shergar Cup Challenge is a middle distance race, this class three is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs and is open to runners who are aged four or older.

Over the last 19 renewals, it was the Harry Dunlop trained Viking Storm ridden by Aaron T Gryder who has set the fastest winning time in the Shergar Cup Challenge, the runner won the race in a time of 2:29.79 which was set when winning the race in 2012. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Chris Fairhurst and jockey Richard Hughes with Kings Welcome who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 2:41.13 in the 2002 renewal.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Challenge market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 19 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 113%. The race in 2012 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 19 renewals of the Shergar Cup Challenge, the over-round has been 118% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £118 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 19 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 3 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +1.33.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Challenge

The leading trainer in the Shergar Cup Challenge over the last 19 renewals is Paul Cole who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Capitano Corelli (2003), Strategic Mount (2007) & Strategic Mount (2008). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Shergar Cup Challenge are Mark Johnston (2 wins) & Andrew Balding (2 wins).

The leading jockey in the Shergar Cup Challenge over the last 19 renewals is Richard Hughes who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Thundering Surf (2001), Kings Welcome (2002) & Press The Button (2009). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Shergar Cup Challenge is Mirco Demuro (2 wins).

Shergar Cup Challenge Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Challenge:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 Graphite
7yo 9-5 (6 of 10) 18/1
David Egan
T J Kent
2019 Indianapolis
4yo 9-7 (10 of 2) 7/1
Mark Zahra
James Given
2018 Genetics
4yo 9-2 (1 of 2) 9/1
Andrasch Starke
Andrew Balding
2017 Great Hall
7yo 9-10 (4 of 2) 12/1
Fran Berry
Mick Quinn
2016 Mistiroc
5yo 9-9 (6 of 2) 12/1
Martin Harley
John Quinn

Shergar Cup Challenge Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,3,1,4,5,1,1,9,4,2,7,2,4,(3,4),7,7,2,4,3,10

  • 19 / 19 (70%) - Made 1-8 starts (Trip)
  • 19 / 19 (76%) - Ran over 7f-1m2½f (Debut)
  • 19 / 19 (82%) - Carried 123-131lbs (Debut)
  • 19 / 19 (86%) - Beaten no more 13½l (LTO)
  • 19 / 19 (88%) - Made 7-40 starts (Career)
  • 19 / 19 (88%) - Had 2-14 placings (Career)
  • 18 / 19 (66%) - Furthest ran of 1m4f-1m6½f
  • 18 / 19 (82%) - Placed within last 4 starts
  • 16 / 19 (74%) - Never contested a Group race

As it says on the tin, the Shergar Cup Mile is unsurprisingly run over a distance of one mile, this class two handicap is open to runners who are aged four or older.

Over the last 19 renewals, it was the Harry Dunlop trained Early Morning ridden by Hayley Turner who has set the fastest winning time in the Shergar Cup Mile, the runner won the race in a time of 1:39.97 which was set when winning the race in 2016. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer William Stone and jockey Cieren Fallon with Dashing Roger who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 1:44.64 in the 2021 renewal.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Mile market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 19 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2012 when the race had an over-round of 102%. The race in 2015 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 122%, whilst on average over the last 19 renewals of the Shergar Cup Mile, the over-round has been 116% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £116 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 19 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 0 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -18.00.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Mile

The leading trainer in the Shergar Cup Mile over the last 19 renewals is Andrew Balding who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Pentecost (2003), Pentecost (2004) & Set The Trend (2010). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Shergar Cup Mile is Marcus Tregoning (2 wins).

There are multiple leading jockeys in the Shergar Cup Mile over the last 19 renewals with all of Hayley Turner, Richard Hughes & Kieren Fallon having all won the race 2 times. Hayley Turner winners have been with Early Morning (2016) & Via Serendipity (2018). Richard Hughes winners have been with Bouncing Bowdler (2002) & Well Come (2009). Kieren Fallon winners have been with Pentecost (2004) & Boom And Bust (2012).

Shergar Cup Mile Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Mile:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 Dashing Roger
4yo 9-11 (3 of 10) 5/1F
Cieren Fallon
William Stone
2019 Power Of Darkness
4yo 9-7 (2 of 2) 11/4F
C Y Ho
Marcus Tregoning
2018 Via Serendipity
4yo 9-9 (9 of 2) 7/2F
Hayley Turner
Stuart Williams
2017 Raising Sand
5yo 9-3 (12 of 2) 10/1
Alexander Pietsch
Jamie Osborne
2016 Early Morning
5yo 9-10 (12 of 2) 6/1
Hayley Turner
Harry Dunlop

Shergar Cup Mile Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,(5,7),4,4,1,3,2,9,(2,5),8,5,1,3,3,7,9,4,(1,7),1,(1,3,7)

  • 19 / 19 (74%) - Within first 7 of market
  • 19 / 19 (78%) - No bigger than 12/1
  • 19 / 19 (81%) - Break of 8-45 days
  • 19 / 19 (82%) - Furthest ran of 1m-1m2½f
  • 19 / 19 (82%) - Fewer than 2 wins (Season)
  • 19 / 19 (83%) - Is a gelding or filly
  • 19 / 19 (83%) - 1-7 wins (Career)
  • 19 / 19 (83%) - Field of 9-29 (LTO)
  • 19 / 19 (84%) - Debut was in England
  • 19 / 19 (86%) - 4-44 starts (Career)
  • 19 / 19 (86%) - 1-9 starts (Season)
  • 18 / 19 (76%) - Field of 8-15 (Debut)
  • 18 / 19 (85%) - No bigger than 33/1 (Debut)
  • 17 / 19 (64%) - Either a 4yo or 5yo

The Shergar Cup Classic is the second race to be run over the middle-distance trip of one mile and four furlongs, this class three, however, is only open to three-year-old runners.

Over the last 12 renewals, it was the Richard Hannon trained Danehill Kodiac ridden by Gavin Lerena who has set the fastest winning time in the Shergar Cup Classic, the runner won the race in a time of 2:30.27 which was set when winning the race in 2016. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Nicola Currie with State Of Bliss who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 2:37.90 in the 2021 renewal.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Classic market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 12 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 114%. The race in 2018 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 12 renewals of the Shergar Cup Classic, the over-round has been 119% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £119 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 12 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 2 winners. Backing all 11 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +2.50.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Classic

The leading trainer in the Shergar Cup Classic over the last 12 renewals is Mark Johnston who has won the race 4 times. Those 4 winners came from Mister Angry (2010), Royal Skies (2013), Sapa Inca (2019) & State Of Bliss (2021). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Shergar Cup Classic is Richard Hannon (2 wins).

Shergar Cup Classic Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Classic:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 State Of Bliss
3yo 9-10 (8 of 8) 9/2
Nicola Currie
Mark Johnston
2019 Sapa Inca
3yo 9-5 (9 of 3) 4/1F
Hayley Turner
Mark Johnston
2018 Berkshire Blue
3yo 9-10 (11 of 3) 9/2
Joao Moreira
Andrew Balding
2017 Glenys The Menace
3yo 9-1 (8 of 3) 8/1
Anthony Delpech
John Best
2016 Danehill Kodiac
3yo 9-7 (6 of 3) 10/1
Gavin Lerena
Richard Hannon

Shergar Cup Classic Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,10,2,1,10,9,8,4,2,7,1,3

  • 12 / 12 (74%) - Had 3-6 starts (90 Days)
  • 12 / 12 (85%) - Last win not a Class 3
  • 12 / 12 (86%) - Made 1-3 starts (30 Days)
  • 12 / 12 (87%) - Off a break of 2-30 days
  • 12 / 12 (88%) - Ran over 1m2f-1m5f (LTO)
  • 12 / 12 (89%) - Made 3-8 starts (Season)
  • 12 / 12 (90%) - No more than 2 wins (Season)
  • 11 / 12 (59%) - Not GB bred
  • 11 / 12 (77%) - Beaten no more 8¾l (Debut)
  • 9 / 12 (60%) - Furthest run of 1m4f-1m5f

The finale on Shergar Cup day at Ascot is the class two Shergar Cup Sprint, open to three-year-old runners only, this finale will be run over a distance of six furlongs.

When looking over the past 16 renewals, a time of 1:11.50 was set by Mince in 2012, that is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by Matthew Chadwick. The slowest winning time was set in 2021 when Mitrosonfire won in a time of 1:16.40, booked to ride was Joe Fanning on this William Muir & Chris Grassick trained runner.

How competitive is the Shergar Cup Sprint market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 16 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2006 when the race had an over-round of 113%. The race in 2014 was a race which was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 16 renewals of the Shergar Cup Sprint, the over-round has been 119% which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £119 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 16 if you had followed the winner of the next time out then you would have back a total of 1 winner. Backing all 15 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -11.75.

Leading Trainers & Jockeys in the Shergar Cup Sprint

The leading trainer in the Shergar Cup Sprint over the last 16 renewals is Roger Charlton who has won the race 2 times. Those 2 winners came from Genki (2007) & Mince (2012). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Shergar Cup Sprint, Mark Johnston has sent a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

There are two leading jockeys in the Shergar Cup Sprint over the last 16 renewals with both Jamie Spencer & Fran Berry who have both won the race 2 times. Jamie Spencer winners have been with Moonraker (2015) & Harmony Spirit (2019). Fran Berry winners have been with Morache Music (2011) & Golden Apollo (2017).

Shergar Cup Sprint Past Five Winners

Here are the past 5 winners of the Shergar Cup Sprint:

Year Horse (draw) Info
2021 Mitrosonfire
3yo 8-13 (12 of 9) 17/2
Joe Fanning
William Muir & Chris Grassick
2019 Harmony Spirit
3yo 9-11 (12 of 4) 7/4F
Jamie Spencer
William Haggas
2018 Green Power
3yo 9-8 (11 of 4) 12/1
Joao Moreira
John Gallagher
2017 Golden Apollo
3yo 9-11 (3 of 4) 4/1
Fran Berry
Tim Easterby
2016 Kadrizzi
3yo 9-13 (5 of 4) 6/1
Thierry Jarnet
Dean Ivory

Shergar Cup Sprint Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,(2,6),6,1,1,(6,9),2,3,(2,4),2,(1,4),5,2,4,(3,4),1,5

  • 16 / 16 (73%) - 4-13 starts (Career)
  • 16 / 16 (74%) - Within first 7 of market
  • 16 / 16 (76%) - Furthest run of 6f - 7f
  • 16 / 16 (80%) - Highest run not a G3
  • 16 / 16 (83%) - Beaten no more 10½l (LTO)
  • 16 / 16 (83%) - Never won over further than 6f
  • 16 / 16 (85%) - 2-7 placings (Career)
  • 16 / 16 (87%) - 3-12 starts (1 Year)
  • 16 / 16 (87%) - Dam not USA, UAE or SAF bred
  • 16 / 16 (88%) - 1-3 wins (Career)
  • 15 / 15 (85%) - No bigger than 10/1 (LTO)
  • 13 / 16 (48%) - No bigger than 8/1

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