Frankie Dettori and Hollie Doyle headline star-studded £2million Racing League line-up

SUPERSTAR jockeys Frankie Dettori and Hollie Doyle will headline the star-studded £2million Racing League line-up.

Reigning champion Flat jockey Oisin Murphy will also be joined by the likes of Jamie Spencer, Paul Hanagan and Jim Crowley in the summer spectacular.

David Egan, the young sensation who won the world's richest race last month, will also head a team for Irish trainers Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien.

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And future stars Laura Pearson and Thore Hammer Hansen will ride against the household names.

The revolutionary new competition will start at Newcastle racecourse on July 29.

A total of 12 teams will compete at six meetings featuring six races over consecutive Thursday nights.

Points will be awarded from first to tenth in each race, with the highest-scoring team over all 36 races winning the league.

There is also a £50,000 prize pot awarded to the top three jockeys with the most points.

Murphy, who will ride for a team trained by Andrew Balding and Richard Hannon Jnr, said: "This is an exciting innovation and considering the prize money there should be fierce competition between the teams. I look forward to being involved."

Hayley Turner, another rider taking part, commented: "It's great that the racing industry has decided to try something a bit different.

Dates for £2m Racing League

July 29 – Newcastle

August 5 – Doncaster

August 12 – Lingfield

August 19 – Royal Windsor

August 26 – Lingfield

September 2 – Newcastle

"I know the jockeys and the trainers are all really excited. I think it will help to capture a non-racing audience."

Jockeys and their teams

Team 1 – Jockeys: Oisin Murphy, Sean Levey, Hayley Turner (Trainers: Andrew Balding & Richard Hannon)

Team 2 – Jim Crowley, Hector Crouch, Pat Cosgrave (George Baker, David Menuisier, Gary Moore, Amanda Perrett)

Team 3 – Paul Hanagan, David Allan, Paddy Mathers (Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey)

Team 4 – James Doyle, Callum Shepherd, Laura Pearson (Tom Clover, Charlie Fellowes, Hugo Palmer, George Scott)

Team 5 – Jason Watson, Martin Dwyer, Thore Hammer Hansen (Roger Charlton, Alan King, Martyn Meade, Brian Meehan)

Team 6 – David Egan, Dylan Browne McMonagle, Gavin Ryan (Donnacha O'Brien, Joseph O'Brien)

Team 7 – Danny Tudhope, Cam Hardie, Paul Mulrennan (Mick Appleby, Michael Dods, Paul Midgley, David O'Meara)

Team 8 – Adam Kirby, Kieran Shoemark, Saffie Osborne (Clive Cox, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills, Jamie Osborne)

Team 9 – Hollie Doyle, Cieren Fallon, Jack Mitchell (Michael Bell, Ed Dunlop, James Fanshawe, Roger Varian)

Team 10 – Charles Bishop, Rossa Ryan, George Bass (Mick Channon, Paul & Oliver Cole, Eve Johnson Houghton, Hughie Morrison)

Team 11 (France) – *TBC depending on Covid-19 and Brexit regulations (Philippe Decouz, Edouard Monfort)

Team 12 – Frankie Dettori, Luke Morris, Jamie Spencer (Robert Cowell, John Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott, David Simcock)

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