Shergar Cup Guide

2018 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot

Racing at Ascot is back with the unique Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday 11th August. The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is one of the most unique meetings in the horse racing calendar. Not only is there a full schedule of races, there will also be a concert held at the Ascot racecourse following the completion of all the races. The event is more of a day out than a racing meeting, with events for the full family throughout the day.

History of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup has taken place every year since 1999. Commonly known as just the Shergar Cup, the whole event was named after legendary racehorse Shergar. The event was originally held at Goodwood racecourse, but since 2000 has been held at Ascot.

The Shergar Cup was originally set up with the aim of creating an event that would be horse racing’s version of the Ryder Cup. Unlike every other horse racing meeting, the Shergar Cup splits jockeys up into 4 different teams. A team for Rest of the World, Great Britain & Ireland, Europe and Female Jockeys. The 4 teams each have a jockey competing in every race, with each position earning points for their team. The team who has the most points and wins at the end of the event will win the Shergar Cup trophy. Prizes are also awarded to the best individual jockey and the ‘Ride of the Day’. Each team will have a nominated captain for the day. Past winners include Silvestre de Sousa, Jamie Spencer and Frankie Dettori.

The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

This years Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup takes place on Saturday 11th August, with the first race starting at 13:05. After the final race at 16:00, the concert will start to begin at 16:40. This year, performers include Rita Ora, Example, Soul II Soul and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. Throughout the day, there will also be a fairground, food stalls and cocktails bars all around Ascot racecourse.

If you are heading to Ascot purely for the horse racing, then there are 6 races to keep you occupied during the day:

13:05 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash 13:40 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers 14:15 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge 14:50 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile 15:25 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic 16:00 Ascot - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint

Click on the race to view the race card, or take a look at our dedicated Ascot Racecard and Results page for all the days racing. We’ve also got Ascot tips for all of the days action, as well as an Ascot racecourse guide to help you find your way around.

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