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Frankie Dettori to captain Team Europe on final Shergar Cup appearance

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Frankie Dettori, who retires at the end of the year, will be making his 12th appearance in the team competition held at Ascot in August

Frankie Dettori: will return to Ascot for the Shergar Cup(PA)

Frankie Dettori will captain team Europe on his final appearance in the Shergar Cup at Ascot in August.

He will take part in the event for the 12th time, having been on the winning team three times. Since making his first appearance in 2000, Dettori was most recently victorious in 2014 and will be joined by French rider Olivier Peslier and Kazakh-born Bauyrzhan Murzabayev on team Europe.

Dettori said: “The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is always a fun event and I was keen to be involved in my final year riding.

“Ascot does an excellent job attracting some of the biggest names from around the world, while the prize money and incentives for owners, trainers and stable staff are fantastic.

“I like the look of our team. Myself and Olivier were on the winning side in 2014 and hopefully we can repeat the feat this year.”

Dettori hopes to look forward to a busy midsummer period having not ridden during July due to 17 days of suspensions collected during Royal Ascot.

He returns to action at Newbury on Saturday where he has two rides, notably Lezoo in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes.

GB & Ireland will be led by Luke Morris, who won last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Alpinista, with Tom Marquand and Declan McDonogh joining him.

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