ROW team wins Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup 2019; concert cancelled

By Luke Barras-hill |


The Rest of the World Team (centre) celebrate with left to right: H.E. Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador; Sinead El Sibai, Dubai Duty Free; Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free; Salah Tahlak, Dubai Duty Free; and Christine Feliciano, Dubai Duty Free.

Three Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Shergar Cup debutants helped the Rest of the World team snatch victory with 86 points.

Captain and leading Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada led a team including Vincent C.Y. Ho and Mark Zahra to success at this year’s event at Ascot Racecourse (Saturday 10 August), fending off competition from joint runners-up Europe and The Girls on 63 points each.


More than 100 guests attended the sell-out Shergar Cup, which also featured success for Hayley Turner who won the Alistair Haggas Silver Saddle for a second consecutive year.

The award is handed to the jockey who amasses the most points during the event. Turner came in second place (10 points) in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint riding the Paul D’Arcy-trained Pass The Vino.

Her total of 40 points left her five points clear of Mark Zahra (35), with Filip Minarik and Vincent Ho Chak-Yiu joint-third (32). Gerald Mosse and Jamie Spencer shared fifth place with 20 points each.

Meanwhile, Australian Zahra was awarded the Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day for his winning performance on Indianapolis in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge.


Singer-songwriter Jessie J was due to perform. Source: Flickr/Justin Higuchi.


Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, DDF said at the opening ceremony: “The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup heralded a new era for racing when it was introduced in 1999 and having struck the right balance between innovation and tradition, continues to grow in status.

“It has been successful in introducing many new faces to racing over the past two decades. This year’s event takes on even greater importance, having been given a significant prize money boost with each of the six races now boasting a prize fund of £60,000. Our international sporting story continues to grow.”

Despite all the races going ahead, revellers to the weekend’s event were left disappointed after the inclement weather cancelled the traditional concert. The bill had included performances from Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, DJ Charlesy and Go West.

A statement on the Ascot website stated that as the event is promoted as a racing and concert package, a decision was made to refund 50% of the cost of the entry ticket/badge (dependent on enclosure) to all customers. This precludes additional elements of packages such as betting vouchers.

Customers in fine dining will in turn receive a credit to the value of 50% of the ticket entry portion of their purchase, as racing was completed and all catering served.


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