Mistiroc up for the Challenge

Mistiroc dominated from the front under a well-judged ride from Martin Harley to claim top honours in the Shergar Cup Challenge.

Mistiroc (left) ridden by Martin Harley wins at Ascot from the staying-on Duretto.

The John Quinn-trained five-year-old was a 12/1 shot to follow up last month's victory at Chester and was always travelling strongly at the head of affairs without having to work too hard to hold his place.

Duretto came home strongly under Emma-Jayne Wilson, but the bird had flown and Mistiroc held him at bay by a length and a quarter.

Harley said: "It didn't look like there was much pace in the race and, to be fair, I had it easy up front.

"I let him slide down the back, but up the hill we got a good breather.

"It's his second time in the visor and it's definitely put an edge on him. He picked up really well. He got in a good rhythm and I was very pleased with him."

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Duretto's rider Emma-Jayne Wilson said: "He is a lovely horse. He travelled well throughout the race and was going nicely approaching the home turn.

"With the going being as fast as it was, I think that played a part in the end result because my horse went against the front-running bias there and finished up really well, which I was expecting.

"I would have liked to gone one better but we can't be too picky. A good effort is all we can hope for."

Andrew Balding, trainer of Duretto, remarked: "He has to be ridden off the pace and there was nothing we could do about the winner [Mistiroc] getting loose in front, so I'm very pleased with the ride and the way the horse has ran."

Great Glen (Oisin Murphy) were third and fourth to ensure Great Britain and Ireland picked up plenty of points. Silver Quay (Silvestre de Sousa) was fifth.

Standings after race three:

Rest Of The World 38

GB & Ireland 32

Europe 28

The Girls 22

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