Kerrin McEvoy is enjoying the chance to return to Ascot as part of the Remaining World team in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.
The Australian, of course, is no stranger to riding on British turf, having spent five years as Godolphin’s number two racer on these shores.
During that period, McEvoy has ridden 10 Group One winners in Europe, including a Classic success on Rule Of Law in St Leger at Doncaster in 2004.
England appearances have been relatively few since returning to his homeland, but he is delighted to make his third appearance in the midsummer team competition this weekend.
He said: “It’s good to be back. If you can go to Ascot and have a couple of trips, that’s always exciting – it’s a great place to go and compete.
“This will be my third Shergar Cup. I won for Robert Cowell [Secretinthepark, Dash in 2015] and the last time I got into it was in 2017, so it’s been a while.
“I came back to the UK to ride here in 2019 for a period of four to six weeks and it’s great to be back in town.”
McEvoy has ridden three Royal Ascot winners, although the most famous of them – Shamardal in St James’s Palace in 2005 – was run in York while Ascot was being redeveloped.
Since returning to Australia, he has cemented his status as one of the world’s top equestrians – riding more than 2,000 winners Down Under, including 80 Group Ones and three Melbourne Cups, last time this is especially on board Charlie Appleby’s Cross Counter in 2018.
The 41-year-old booked five rides at Ascot on Saturday, starting with David Simcock’s recent Doncaster winner Adjourn in the opening match of the Shergar Cup Curtain Raiser Classified Shares.
McEvoy also teamed up with Bowman (Laura Mongan) in the second race, Rock Eagle (Ralph Beckett) in the Shergar Cup Stayers, Greatgadian (Roger Varian) in the Mile, and Twelfth Knight (Archie Watson) in the final Sprint.
He was joined by the Rest of the World team by French conductor Christophe Lemaire, Japanese tennis player Takeshi Yokoyama and New Zealander Jason Collett, whom McEvoy is more used to competing with than with.
He added: “I haven’t had a good look yet, but it looks like I have a good chance for David Simcock the first time around and I’m happy with the rides I’ve had.
“I think we have a good team. Jason Collett is at the top of his career and playing very well, Christophe Lemaire is very popular and we also have Takeshi, so we have a strong team.
“I have some fond memories of riding in Ascot and I look forward to adding to it over the weekend.”