In Salutem lands Shergar opener

Thierry Jarnet steered In Salutem to an easy success in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash.

In Salutem ridden by Thierry Jarnet wins the Shergar Cup Dash

Ken Condon's horse cruised through the five-furlong contest in the hands of Jarnet and he galloped clear for an easy two-length success from the running-on Line Of Reason, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe.

Out Do and Pierre-Charles Boudot finished third.

Jarnet's win meant it was a good start for Team Europe, but the Rest Of The World team were dealt a double blow after finishing second as team captain Silvestre de Sousa fell off Union Rose after the winning line and was taken away in an ambulance.

However, there was good news for de Sousa when he was cleared to ride in the next race.

Willytheconqueror (Joe Fanning, Great Britain and Ireland) was fourth and Medicean Man (Frankie Dettori, Europe) was the last points scorer in fifth.

Jarnet, speaking through a translator, said: "I'm very happy to be here and to win the first race is wonderful.

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"The horse was very good and he is easy to ride. I had a good race. Ascot is a wonderful racecourse."

Condon was also delighted with the performance of In Salutem.

"He's a sprinter in form this season," said the Irish trainer.

"That was a career high off 98. It was a question mark over whether he could step up to that but he has. We're delighted with that. When I declared on Thursday, it was in the knowledge that there was going to be some rain as he's a horse that doesn't like very quick ground.

"We got his ground today as there's a little bit of moisture in it. He really enjoyed it. There are not too many opportunities in Ireland for him at the moment bar the big sprint handicap on Irish Champions Weekend which he ran in last year.

"Stiff tracks like this place bring out the best in him. He's getting his act together now at the age of six and you can trust him to produce the goods nowadays. All the jockeys in the Shergar Cup are good jockeys but, when we drew Thierry Jarnet, I was delighted.

"He likes to be delivered late and that's what we spoke about. I've had a few runners at Royal Ascot before but never at the Shergar Cup. It's nice to have a winner."

Standings after race one:

Europe 25

Rest Of The World 10

GB & Ireland 5

The Girls 0

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