'Bling' added to Shergar Cup bill

  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 10:37 BST

S'manga Khumalo has been announced as one of the jockeys taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on August 9.

S'manga Khumalo: Will ride at the Shergar Cup for the first time
S'manga Khumalo: Will ride at the Shergar Cup for the first time

The 28-year-old, who is nicknamed 'Bling' after he dyed his hair blond, became the first black South African to ride the winner of the continent's premier race, the Durban July.

Khumalo will be riding in Britain for the first time when he joins Japanese ace Yutaka Take and compatriot Yuichi Fukunaga on the Rest of the World side in the team competition.

"Winning the Durban July was my career highlight and sent a message to all black South Africans that racing is a sport for all in the modern era," he said.

"To be recognised globally and invited to ride in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on the back of that victory is another very proud moment for me and I look forward to meeting and riding with the two Japanese legends in the Rest of the World Team."

Hayley Turner makes her eighth Shergar Cup appearance as part of the Girls', along with Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson and Steffi Hofer.

Hofer said: "I have always followed the event with great interest, and even whilst being in the top six or seven jockeys riding, numerically, in Germany this year, I never thought I would get a chance to take part at this level - this has come as a huge endorsement.

"I hope that I can play my part in getting a good result for the girls!"

Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni have been pencilled in for Europe with German-based Dutchman Adrie de Vries.

The Great Britain & Ireland team will be captained by Tom Queally, and organisers hope Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes can also take part.