Excitement builds for Ascot’s showcase event: Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:39 08 August 2014

DDF Shergar Cup preview at The Winning Post (L-R) Rishi Persad, Seffi Hofer, Andrew Balding, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Upham Pub Group CEO Chris Phillips

DDF Shergar Cup preview at The Winning Post (L-R) Rishi Persad, Seffi Hofer, Andrew Balding, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Upham Pub Group CEO Chris Phillips

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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on on Saturday 9 August

A special preview evening at The Winning Post, Winkfield, included a ‘Who’s Who’ guest panel giving their thoughts on the runners and riders ahead of Saturday’s premier international jockey competition at Ascot.

Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life editor Jan Raycroft was delighted to join local residents having their cards marked for potential winners by some notable experts. (We reckon The Girls have a great chance!)

Hosted by Channel 4 and Racing UK presenter, Rishi Persad, the event welcomed the Queen’s racehorse trainer, Andrew Balding, leading Canadian female jockey, Emma-Jayne Wilson, fellow jockey Steffi Hofer, and Ascot’s Nick Smith.

As well as a panel discussion, guests were also treated to a three-course menu of local and seasonal produce from The Winning Post’s head chef, Simon Lawrence, which included: seared sashimi tuna, oriental salad and wasabi dressing; medallions of beef fillet, garlic butter poached lobster, sauté new potatoes and truffled leeks; and English strawberry soufflé with hot strawberry coulis.

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is a unique event in the racing calendar where four teams of top jockeys representing Great Britain & Ireland, the Rest of the World, Europe and The Girls team each battle it out in a six-race showdown. This year Franki Dettori will captain the European team while Tom Queally will lead the Great Britain & Ireland side. A sell-out crowd is expected tomorrow when race goers will also be treated to a post-race concert featuring crowd favourites such as Bjorn Again, Scouting for Girls, B*Witched and Chesney Hawkes.

Speaking about the evening, Channel 4 and Racing UK presenter Rishi Persad, said: “Andrew [Balding] is clearly quietly confident, especially with Debdebdeb. In complete contrast is Emma-Jayne, who’s positively bullish about her prospects.”

The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is the perfect showcase for anyone who hasn’t been racing before or is a relative newcomer to the sport. The atmosphere is relaxed, it’s easy to follow and it’s being staged at Ascot, the best racecourse in the world.”

See www.ascot.co.uk/2014shergarmeet/dubai-duty-free-shergar-cup-and-concert

The Winning Post

The Winning Post has long been serving the racing and polo community of Ascot, Windsor and Guards Polo Club and is widely believed to bring punters luck at the races… or perhaps it’s just the place to pick up the best race tips. See www.winningpostwinkfield.co.uk and www.uphambrewery.co.uk

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