Kerrin McEvoy is relishing the chance to return to Ascot as a part of the Remainder of the World crew in Saturday’s Dubai Obligation Free Shergar Cup.
The Australian isn’t any stranger to driving on British turf, after all, having spent 5 years as Godolphin’s quantity two rider on these shores.
Throughout that interval McEvoy rode 10 Group One winners in Europe, together with a Basic success aboard Rule Of Regulation within the 2004 St Leger at Doncaster.
Appearances in Britain have been comparatively rare since returning to his homeland, however he’s delighted to be making his third look on this weekend’s mid-summer crew competitors.
He stated: “It is at all times good to be again. If you will get to Ascot and have a few rides, it is at all times thrilling – it is an ideal place to go and compete.
“This might be my third Shergar Cup. I rode a winner for Robert Cowell [Secretinthepark, Dash in 2015] and the final time I rode in it was in 2017, so it has been some time.
“I did come again to the UK to trip right here in 2019 for a interval of 4 to 6 weeks and it is nice to be again on the town.”
McEvoy has ridden three Royal Ascot winners, albeit essentially the most high-profile of these – Shamardal within the 2005 St James’s Palace Stakes – was run at York whereas Ascot was being redeveloped.
Since returning to Australia he has cemented his standing as one of many world’s high jockeys – driving greater than 2,000 winners Down Below, together with 80 Group Ones and three Melbourne Cups, the newest of which got here aboard Charlie Appleby’s Cross Counter in 2018.
The 41-year-old has 5 booked rides at Ascot on Saturday, beginning off with David Simcock’s latest Doncaster winner Adjourn within the opening Shergar Cup Curtain Raiser Labeled Stakes.
McEvoy additionally companions Bowman (Laura Mongan) within the second race, Rock Eagle (Ralph Beckett) within the Shergar Cup Stayers, Greatgadian (Roger Varian) within the Mile and Twelfth Knight (Archie Watson) within the concluding Dash.
He’s joined on the Remainder of the World crew by French maestro Christophe Lemaire, Japanese ace Takeshi Yokoyama and New Zealander Jason Collett, who McEvoy is used to competing in opposition to fairly than with.
He added: “I have never had a superb look but, nevertheless it appears like I’ve a pleasant probability for David Simcock within the first and I am proud of the rides I’ve bought.
“I feel we have got a superb crew. Jason Collett is in career-best kind and has been driving exceptionally properly, Christophe Lemaire could be very well-known and we have got Takeshi as properly, so we have got a robust crew.
“I’ve some enjoyable reminiscences of driving at Ascot and I am trying ahead to including to that on the weekend.”