News Tuesday, August 8, 2017 The Most Colourful Day in Racing Returns
The jubilant Rest of the World Team celebrate on the podium after winning the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup The jubilant Rest of the World Team celebrate on the podium after winning the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

Colourful and competitive, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup which returns to Ascot on Saturday, 12 August, has become one of the most eagerly awaited highlights of the British summer sporting and social season.

 

The world’s premier international jockeys’ competition draws top riders from all corners of the globe to the world’s most famous racecourse and also attracts Ascot's biggest crowd outside of the Royal meeting and once again is a sell-out occasion. The points-based competition is played out between four teams each comprising three top riders representing Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, Rest of the World and The Girls, in a thrilling six-race showdown. Last year the competition was set alight by South African sensation Gavin Lerena, who rode two winners en-route to leading the Rest of the World team to victory.

 

The 2017 renewal promises to produce another thrilling contest after the announcement of a stellar line-up of riders.

 

Andre De Vries, Jamie Spencer, Kerrin McEvoy and Emma-Jayne Wilson, a quartet of the world’s finest jockeys, will captain the four teams for this weekend’s showpiece.

 

Kerrin McEvoy is making his second appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and will captain the Rest of The World Team. Formerly a Godolphin stable jockey, the Australian guided Rule Of Law to victory in the 2004 St Leger at Doncaster and has ridden three winners at Royal Ascot. The 36-year-old captured the Melbourne Cup for the second time in November.

 

Anthony Delpech and Japan’s Keita Tosaki are both making their Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and British debuts.

 

The 48 year old Delpech, was crowned champion jockey in South Africa last season and adds to his titles in 1998/1999 and 2002/03. Tosaki, 37, has been the Japan Racing Association’s top rider for the last three years.

 

The Ladies team includes Canada’s Emma-Jayne Wilson, the most successful female jockey of all-time in her homeland, who   is riding at her sixth Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. She captained The Girls Team to a historic victory in the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and will be in charge again this year. Australia’s Michelle Payne became the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 on 100/1 outsider Prince of Penzance.

 

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, said, “The line-up looks as strong as in any previous year.  We are particularly looking forward to welcoming those making their Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debuts and creating new ambassadors for this truly international event.

 

“The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup provides racegoers with a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most accomplished riders brought together at an iconic venue in the true spirit of international competition.”

 

It is after racing when the entertainment really heats up at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, with a fabulous two-hour live music concert, which has become known as the Party in the Paddock, in full cry.  Craig David presents TS5 headlines this year's concert and he will be joined by All Saints and Welsh rock band Feeder.  Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills will also perform between sets and into the evening to keep racegoers entertained.

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