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2018 Shergar Cup tips - Preview and teams for Saturday's Ascot showpiece

The Shergar Cup takes centre stage on Saturday.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Saturday's Shergar Cup team event, and he previews the day's action where four teams go head to head for the prestigious trophy.


The feature event of this week’s horse racing action takes place at Ascot for the latest renewal of the team event that is the Shergar Cup.

First run in 1999 at Goodwood, the event was moved to Ascot the following year and has been run each year since in July except in 2005 when Ascot was closed for refurbishment, with the competition not taking place in that year.

Sometimes likened to golf’s Ryder Cup for horse racing, the format has changed several times since its’ first renewal, with the inaugural battle for the Shergar Cup being against two teams of horses comprised of European-owned thoroughbreds taking on Middle East-owned runners.

Can the Great Britain and Ireland team successfully defend the Shergar Cup?


The current format has been in place since 2005, with four teams taking part representing Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and the Rest Of The World; although in 2012 the teams of Great Britain and Ireland were amalgamated into a single entity and an all-girls’ team was introduced into the mix.

All six races of the 2018 Shergar Cup are shown live on ITV Racing’s Saturday broadcast on sister channel ITV4, kicking off at 1.05pm and continuing through to 4.00pm; each race will have a maximum of ten runners plus two reserves.

1:05 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f ITV4
1:40 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m ITV4
2:15 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f ITV4
2:50 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m ITV4
3:25 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap) Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m4f ITV4
4:00 - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 6f ITV4

Each team comprises of three jockeys, and each jockey rides in five of the six contests throughout the afternoon; each team can put up either two or three teammates in any of the six races with points awarded according to the horse’s finishing position.

The highest scoring team wins the Shergar Cup, with the jockey scoring the most points overall claims the Silver Saddle. Points are awarded to horses who finish in the first five places, scoring points on a sliding scale from 15 points to the winner through to 3 points for the fifth-placed finisher.

Great Britain and Ireland will bid to retain the Shergar Cup they won in 2017, while the 2016 renewal was won by the Rest Of The World team. In 2015 the all-girls’ team took the Shergar Cup for the first time.

Great Britain and Ireland took the top honours in 2017 with winning total of 86 points, the highest since 2013. The defending 2018 team will comprise of teamcaptain Fran Berry, who won the Silver Saddle, as well as Adam Kirby who rode in the event in 2015, and also Cup debutante Pat Cosgrave who makes his first Shergar Cup appearance.

Fran Berry will captain the Great Britain and Ireland team in Saturday's Shergar Cup.


The Rest Of The World team has a ‘superstar’ feeling about it, with Shergar Cup regular Yutaka Take joined in the side by Australian series debutante Corey Brown, and also Hong Kong racing’s‘Magic Man’, Joao Moreira, who rode in the event in 2013.

Joao Moreira joins the Rest Of The World team.


The girls’ line-up features another Shergar Cup regular in Hayley Turner, who was part of the winning 2015 girls’ team.

The Group One-winning jockey captains Hollie Doyle, who was a last minute substitute twelve months ago for the injured Michelle Payne, as well as Josephine Gordon who competed alongside Turner in the 2016 renewal.

Hayley Turner will captain the girls' team in Saturday's showpiece.


Completing the four teams who will compete for the Shergar Cup, the European team will be captained by French star Gerald Mosse who stands in for Frankie Dettori after the Italian was claimed by principal trainer John Gosden to ride instead at Newmarket.

Mosse boasts a fine Shergar Cup pedigree, having won the Silver Saddle on both occasions when captaining the European team to victories in 2008 and 2013, and the crack French pilot will be joined in the team by German champion Andrasch Starke, who last rode in the Shergar Cup back in 2013, and also Shergar Cup debutante Per-Anders Graberg, the top rider in Scandinavia.

Crack French rider Gerard Mosse will replace Frankie Dettori in Saturday's Shergar Cup.

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Brian Healy looks ahead to Saturday's Shergar Cup team event, and he previews the day's action where four teams go head to head for the prestigious trophy.

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