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Peslier guides Europe to glory

Olivier Peslier's performance helped Europe to defend the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup by just a point from an Emma-Jayne Wilson-inspired Girls team as the competition went right down to the wire at Ascot.

Canadian Wilson lit up the event with her enthusiasm and charisma, and was cruelly denied the points for both the team and Silver Saddle leading individual rider awards by Peslier himself in the Classic.

Here's how the action unfolded.

Craig Williams produced Goldream to perfection to claim the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash Handicap.

Riding for the Rest of the World squad, Australian Williams knows his way round the Berkshire track as well as most and got a nice prominent position on the Robert Cowell-trained five-year-old as Richard Hughes led for Great Britain & Ireland on Addictive Dream.

As the leader gave way, Olivier Peslier hit the front on Move In Time for Europe, but Williams and Goldream (7-2 favourite) were alive to the move and threw down a strong challenge, getting on terms half a furlong out and staying on strongly to score by a head.

Ballesteros was third and Bondesire fourth.

The early skirmishes saw the Rest of the World top the team table on 20 points, with Europe on 13 and the Girls on seven.

Williams: "It's the third time I've ridden in it, and my first winner so I've probably got more points on the board there than from my other two times!

"I love the concept and the way the public embrace it - it's one of those events you hope to get the phone call for.

"Robert was great to ride for, he didn't tie me to instructions. He just told me 'don't get him covered up and trust in the horse'."