With Australia taking an early lead in the Ashes last week, it is a good time to be in England for 37-year-old Australian Mark Zahra.
He is taking part in the Shergar Cup for the first time and along with Hong Kong’s Vincent Ho and Japanese rider Yuga Kawada, he makes up the Rest of the World team.
“I’m very excited, I’ve never ridden here before, but it’s a great concept,” said Zahra.
“A few of my great friends have ridden in this in previous years, so I can’t wait.
“I came two years ago as a spectator to Royal Ascot, but now I’ll be on the other side of the fence. It’s a great course so it should be a lot of fun.
“My team mates are two very good jockeys, there may be a bit of a language barrier with Yuga but as long as we can win, that’s the main thing.”
Ho has been getting in some valuable practice ahead of Saturday’s card and has had three winners from just 11 rides in Britain.
“To represent Hong Kong as part of the Rest of the World team is a huge honour,” Ho told www.hkjc.com.
“I was surprised to get the invite – and I had to keep it secret for a while – but I always want to challenge myself.
“I was at Ascot as a spectator when Enable won the King George two years ago, but riding there has always been an ambition of mine and I want to go there fully prepared.”