Olivier Peslier – Captain

Born at Cossé-le-Vivien on 12 January, 1971, the son of a stonemason, Peslier sprang to prominence in 1996 when winning his first Cravache d’Or (France’s jockeys’ title) with 163 winners, ending the four-year reign of Thierry Jarnet. 

He took the title thrice more, in 1997 with 154 successes, 1999 (147 wins) and 2000 (162 wins). He won three consecutive Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes on Sagamix (1998), Peintre Celebre (1997) and Helissio (1996). Peslier is one of the world’s leading jockeys and has tasted top-flight success across the globe.

He has an excellent record in Britain – his Group One haul this side of the Channel includes the Derby (1998 High-Rise), 2,000 Guineas (2007 Cockney Rebel), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2010 Harbinger), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2006 Ouija Board, 2009 Vision D’Etat), Queen Anne Stakes (2010 Goldikova), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1997 Air Express and 1998 Desert Prince), Ascot Gold Cup (2005 Westerner), King’s Stand Stakes (1997 Don’t Worry Me, 2008 Equiano), Coronation Stakes (1996 Shake The Yoke, 2001 Banks Hill) and Dewhurst Stakes (1997 Xaar). He also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 1998 on Desert Prince, a year later on Saffron Walden and in 2007 on Cockney Rebel. Peslier has also won the Irish Derby (1995 Winged Love) and French equivalent (1997 Peintre Celebre).

As well as the aforementioned champions, Peslier is famed for his associations with the great French mare Goldikova, whom he has ridden in all of her races, including three Breeders’ Cup Mile victories (2008, 2009 and 2010), and Japanese champion Zenno Rob Roy. In 2004 he rode the latter to clinch the coveted big-race trio of the Tenno Sho, Japan Cup and Arima Kinen. Peslier has an outstanding record in Japan and Hong Kong, where he often rides during the winter months, winning numerous Group One contests over the past decade.

He has partnered Group One winners in each of the major northern hemisphere racing nations with further US victories including the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2001 Banks Hill) and the Man O’ War Stakes (2007 Doctor Dino). Peslier celebrated a 100th Group/Grade One success at Deauville on 31 July, 2011, when Goldikova recorded a fourth consecutive victory in the Prix Rothschild.

He will be making his second appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, having ridden Gramercy to success in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint on his debut in 2010. 

Previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins (1): 2010 Gramercy. 

Mirco Demuro

Demuro, who was born at Marino in Rome on 11 January, 1979, is the son, nephew and cousin of Italian professional jockeys. Having been granted his apprentice licence on 28 September, 1994, attached to the stable of Giuseppe Ilardi, he rode his first winner that November, when still 15.

He was champion apprentice in 1995 with 80 wins and became the first jockey to win the Italian jockeys’ championship as a teenager when he triumphed in 1997, with the help of the Milanese stable of Luciano D’Auria and owners Scuderia Rencati. His victory on King Park in November, 1999, at Turin was his 200th of that season and meant that he became the first jockey in Italy to amass a double century since Gianfranco Dettori, Frankie’s father, took the last of his 13 titles in 1985.

After winning his fourth consecutive jockeys’ title in 2000 he decided to broaden his horizons and concentrate on riding abroad, setting a new record for an overseas rider in Japan that winter, when he scored 35 times during a single short-term licence, beating the previous best set by Olivier Peslier.

He has continued his association with Japan and in 2003 became the first overseas-born jockey to win the Japan Derby when scoring on Neo Universe. He won the 2008 Japan Cup on Screen Hero and in March this year landed a bumper payout when winning the Dubai World Cup on the Japanese-trained Victoire Pisa. He is no stranger to riding in Britain and finished second in the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May on Worthadd.

Although he has not scored at the Royal Meeting, he has ridden at Ascot before in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in 2000, 2001 and 2008, when his only victory came aboard the Paul Cole-trained Strategic Mount. He also partnered Falbrav when fifth in the 2003 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Among his major wins at home have been the Derby Italiano (Italian Derby) in 2002 with Rakti and in 2010 with Worthadd.

He will be making a third appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, having been part of the victorious Europe team in 2008 and represented the Rest Of The World in 2001 when the competition had a different format. 

Previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins (1): 2008 Strategic Mount. 

Christophe Lemaire

Christophe-Patrice Lemaire was born on 20 May, 1979 and is the son of legendary jump jockey Patrice Lemaire. He joined the pony club as a child and gained an amateur licence at 16. He started working part-time for trainer Michel Laborde, while continuing his studies. Hired as an apprentice by Andre Fabre at 18, he turned professional two years later.

Lamaire spent the winter of 1999/2000 racing for the Godolphin stable in Dubai, and left Andre Fabre’s completely in July, 2001, becoming freelance. Patrick Biancone provided rides for Lemaire in US, before he partnered 30 winners in India in late 2002 and spent the following winter racing in Japan.

His first Group winner was in August, 2002, when he partnered Cut Quartz to victory in the Prix de Kergorlay at Deauville. Lemaire enjoyed a first Group One success onboard Vespone in the Prix Jean Prat in June, 2003, and he has since recorded a host of major victories around the world, including six French Classics with the likes of Divine Proportions, Le Havre and Stacelita.

He recorded a first Group One victory in Britain when Starcraft captured the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2005, which was held at Newmarket due to the redevelopment of Ascot, and he has since gone on to Classic glory in this country with Natagora in the 2008 1,000 Guineas and Makfi, who triumphed in the 2,000 Guineas in 2010.

He has also enjoyed numerous big-race wins around the world, including when partnering Vodka to victory in the 2009 Japan Cup and guiding Heart’s Cry to success in both the Arima Kinen in 2005 and the Dubai Sheema Classic the following year. Outstanding mare Pride also gave the jockey two notable victories on the world stage in 2006, triumphing in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket and the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin.

Lemaire, who is currently the retained jockey to the Aga Khan in France, has ridden one winner at Royal Ascot – Sabana Perdida in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes in June, 2008.  

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins: Debut in 2011.





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