The world’s premier international jockey’s competition at Ascot Racecourse on 9th August 2014 welcomes riding talent from around the globe.

It is a day to savour as top jockeys handle the unfamiliar pressure of riding within a team during this unique six-race, points-based competition. The four teams are: Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and The Girls.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice-Chairman Colm McLoughlin said: “The 2014 renewal looks like being a fascinating contest bringing together some of the world’s most accomplished riders.

“We’re delighted that the competition will provide some of them with their first experience of riding at this internationally renowned venue, and I am sure they will be eager to impress alongside the more experienced Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup contenders.”

This year the value of the competition has risen by 33%, with all six races now £40,000 handicaps rather than £30,000 last year. Each jockey will get five rides as they bid to win the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for their team and there is £3,000 for the Silver Saddle-winning jockey (the top jockey overall). Points are awarded 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 for the first five horses home with 4 points for a non-runner.

There will be three reserves declared for each race this year (up from two), all of whose connections will receive £500 for travel costs if the horses are not required to run.

The off-track entertainment is every bit as appealing, with Vernon Kay hosting a line-up which includes Scouting For Girls, the Stars Of The Commitments, Bjorn Again, B*witched and, the one and only, Chesney Hawkes. A free fairground throughout the day and evening rounds off the fun.

To book tickets or for further information, please call 0844 346 3000 or visit www.ascot.co.uk

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup participants & the silks they will be wearing

GIRLS – PINK
Emma-Jayne Wilson: pink cap, plain sleeves – CAPTAIN
Hayley Turner: black cap, hooped sleeves
Steffi Hofer: white cap, stars on sleeves

REST OF THE WORLD – YELLOW
Craig Williams: yellow cap, plain sleeves – CAPTAIN
Yuichi Funkunaga: black cap, hooped sleeves
S’manga Khumalo: white cap, stars on sleeves

EUROPE – BLUE
Frankie Dettori: blue cap, plain sleeves – CAPTAIN
Adrie de Vries: black cap, hooped sleeves
Olivier Peslier: white cap, stars on sleeves

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND – GREEN
Tom Queally: green cap, plain sleeves – CAPTAIN
Richard Hughes: black cap, hooped sleeves
Jimmy Fortune: white cap, stars on sleeves

Read more about the jockeys here.

Allison Graham

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