Kerrin McEvoy is relishing the chance to return to Ascot as a part of the Remainder of the World staff in Saturday’s Dubai Responsibility Free Shergar Cup.
The Australian isn’t any stranger to driving on British turf, in fact, 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 is delighted to be making his third look on this weekend’s mid-summer staff competitors.
He mentioned: “It is all the time good to be again. If you will get to Ascot and have a few rides, it is all the time thrilling – it is an excellent place to go and compete.
“This shall 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 probably 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 prime jockeys – driving greater than 2,000 winners Down Beneath, together with 80 Group Ones and three Melbourne Cups, the latest 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 Categorized 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 staff by French maestro Christophe Lemaire, Japanese ace Takeshi Yokoyama and New Zealander Jason Collett, who McEvoy is used to competing in opposition to somewhat than with.
He added: “I have never had an excellent look but, however it seems to be like I’ve a pleasant likelihood for David Simcock within the first and I am proud of the rides I’ve obtained.
“I feel we have got an excellent staff. Jason Collett is in career-best type and has been driving exceptionally properly, Christophe Lemaire may be very well-known and we have got Takeshi as properly, so we have got a powerful staff.
“I’ve some enjoyable recollections of driving at Ascot and I am wanting ahead to including to that on the weekend.”