Prize fund increase of £90,000 for Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot

Ascot Racecourse has announced that the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday 10th August will be run for £360,000, a total increase of £90,000.

Each race will be run for £60,000 (2018: £45,000) and as normal, there are no entry fees to run.

Tadhg O’Shea, Filip Minarik, Yuga Kawada and Hayley Turner have been confirmed as team captains for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. Hayley, who captained the Girls team to victory, is back, and will be joined by Jamie Kah from Australia, and recent Women Jockeys’ World Cup winner Nanako Fujita.

Last year saw the Girls team lift the trophy having amassed 76 points during the day, six clear of Team Europe on 70 points, whilst Hayley Turner won the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle trophy with 39 points.

The teams as they stand:

BRITAIN & IRELAND EUROPE REST OF THE WORLD GIRLS
Tadhg O’Shea © IRE Filip Minarik © GER Yuga Kawada © JPN Hayley Turner © GBR
Danny Tudhope GBR TO BE ANNOUNCED Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu HKG Jamie Kah AUS
TO BE ANNOUNCED TO BE ANNOUNCED TO BE ANNOUNCED Nanako Fujita JPN

Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot, said:

“Framing races to provide quality horses, appropriate to the quality of riders we invite to ride in the event, is important, and we hope that £60,000 handicaps, in limited fields of 10, with prize money down to last place, and no entry fees to pay, will add further appeal for owners and trainers.

“Jockeys ride for total event prize money of £20,000 in addition to their race prize money percentages.

“The jockey line up is looking strong, and will be confirmed as soon as retainer commitments are known. We are delighted with the domestic and international line up. In Danny Tudhope, who leads the British jockeys’ championship and rode four winners at Royal Ascot, and in star Japanese jockey, Nanako Fujita, that nation’s highest profile female rider ever and winner of the recent Women Jockeys’ World Cup at Bro Park in Sweden, we have two of the most ‘of the moment’ jockeys riding at present.”

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