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Shergar squads to sport team colours

Jockeys competing in this year's Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will wear team colours for the first time.

The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and Ascot racecourse have agreed to the one-year experiment.

The three jockeys riding for the Great Britain team will wear red and white colours, those representing Ireland will wear green and white, the jockeys riding for Europe will wear blue and white while the Rest of the World team will wear black and white.

In order to differentiate between each member, distinguishing caps and sleeves will be worn.

"Seeing horses in their own colours is obviously important and enables racegoers to follow more easily this unique team competition," said Ascot's Nick Smith.

Marcus Tregoning has concentrated his sights on the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes for Mawatheeq after he refused to enter the stalls prior to the Coral-Eclipse.

The five-year-old will now need to pass a stalls test before he is allowed to run again and Tregoning intends on giving him plenty of practice. With Twice Over just holding on from Sri Putra and Viscount Nelson, Tregoning was left frustrated by his charge, believing he would have gone very close to winning.

"He's been pretty good in the past but horses can do this," said Tregoning. "It was such a shame with it being a small field. If you look at the form with Twice Over from the Champion Stakes, he would have been bang there and he would have made more of a race of it.

"Our plan, once he has hopefully passed his stalls test and been to a racecourse a few times, is that he will line up for the King George as that was his aim all along."

Richard Hannon junior has not ruled out the possibility of Strong Suit taking in both the Prix Morny and the Phoenix Stakes in August.

The exciting juvenile got up in the final stride to land the Coventry Stakes after meeting trouble in running.

His options now are the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 8 or Deauville's Prix Morny on August 22 -- or both. "It's a toss-up, but there's a chance you could do two," said Hannon, assistant trainer to his father, Richard.


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