HAYLEY Turner admitted it was a "massive thrill" after becoming the first rider to win the top jockey award at Ascot's Shergar Cup meeting two years in a row, writes Dave Wright.

The 36-year-old from Nottingham rode two winners on Saturday's Dubai Duty-Free sponsored card before finishing second in the last of the six races.

That left her with 40 points, five ahead of Mark Zahra, with Filip Minarik and Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu joint-third on 32 points. Gerald Mosse and Jamie Spencer shared fifth place with 20 points apiece.

Her wins came on 13/2 chance Eddystone Rock, trained by John Best, in the two-mile handicap and on Mark Johnston's 4/1 favourite Sapa Inca in the Shergar Cup Classic.

After receiving her second Alistair Haggas Silver Saddle, Turner beamed: "I can't believe I won again. It's a massive thrill. This event means so much to me. I really enjoy it and it's great because all my family are here as well.

"Alistair was the one who created this whole event and he got me involved, which has been a big boost to my career. Sadly he is no longer with us, but it is lovely to win his Silver Saddle trophy for the second time. I'd like to think that's bagged me a spot here for next year!"

Turner led the girls' trio – Jamie Kah and Nanako Fujita were the others – into joint second place in the team event.

They scored 63 points during the afternoon along with Europe, but both teams were well behind the winners, the Rest of the World, with 86 points.

The winning team captain was Japan's Yuga Kawada, along with Vincent C.Y. Ho and Mark Zahra, all three making their Shergar Cup debuts.

Kawada said: "I didn't have a great day myself, but my other members were very successful and rode very well winning a race each.

"It has been a great atmosphere, a great result and I am thrilled to have been the captain. I hope I can come back next year."

Zahra was also awarded the Ride of the Day prize for his effort on 7/1 chance Indianapolis in the Shergar Cup Challenge.

While the racing thrilled the large crowd, there was a disappointment for the thousands at the course to watch the evening concert as it had to be cancelled.

Ascot officials explained in a statement: "Unfortunately, having made every attempt to find an alternative safe location, due to the high winds, safety implications and damage to the main stage, we have had to cancel the concert featuring Jessie J, Tinie Tempah & DJ Charlsey and Go West."

Those who had bought tickets were reminded "terms and conditions of entry state refunds only apply if the race programme is affected. However, as this event is promoted as a racing and concert package, and the programme has been reduced, a decision has been taken to provide a refund to the value of 50% of the cost of your entry ticket/badge to all enclosure customers.

"Customers who pre-booked do not need to contact the racecourse, refunds will be made within 30 days."