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The Shergar Cup. A treat for racegoers who are lucky enough to attend and see some of the best jockeys from across the UK, Ireland and the Rest of the World go head to head for the chance to be crowned the best team on the day.

Here at, we’ll be keeping a close eye on everything that the Shergar Cup has to offer including which jockeys are riding for which team so our racing enthusiasts won’t miss a thing. We’ll also have the latest UK horse racing odds and the top tips for the meeting. If you’re heading to Ascot, why not peruse our Ascot Racecourse Guide so you can find out everything you need to know about the course and the enclosures, or if you're looking for the best place to glance at the latest horse racing betting odds, head over to our online betting markets where you’ll find the Shergar Cup market movers, short-priced favourites, and the meetings long shots.

Shergar Cup Betting Tips

The Shergar Cup can be one of the most exciting days for punters in the horse racing season. Giving them the chance to see the top jockeys from across the world, here at 21, our tipster has taken a long, hard look over the racecards and picked out the best Shergar Cup Betting tips to help you make an educated punt.

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History of the Shergar Cup

Held annually at Ascot Racecourse, The Shergar Cup is one of the most popular singular racing days across UK horse racing. Attracting 30,000 spectators to the Berkshire course each August, it was named to honour Shergar, the winner of the Epsom Derby back in 1981.

The race day centres around four teams competing for The Shergar Cup trophy and many spectators have their favourite team which they’ll often support when placing a bet on the sprint, classic race and the stayers race, and here at, we’ve pulled together some of the most interesting facts you need to know about the meeting.

Who was Shergar?

One of the most famous racehorses in history, Shergar was an Irish thoroughbred who rose to fame after one impressive season in 1982 where he won the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He was retired to stud following that dominant season, and just two years after that in 1983, he was stolen from his stable. Thieves demanded a £2 million ransom for his safe return, but sadly that never happened, and his remains have never been found.

When was the first Shergar Cup held?

The first Shergar Cup meeting was probably held more recently than you think. First held in 1999 at Goodwood, it made the move to Ascot the following year and has increased in popularity ever since. Introduced with the aim of creating a competition similar to the Ryder Cup in Golf, in the early renewals of the competition, only two teams would take part.

However this was changed in 2012, and four teams now take part in the event wearing different coloured silks, green for Great Britain and Ireland, blue for Europe, yellow for the Rest of the World, and pink for the Girls team.

How the Shergar Cup Works

UK horse racing and potentially the world's premier jockey competition, teams taking part in the Shergar Cup will have three riders, all of whom will partake in at least five out of the six races to accrue points. Two or three horses with each of the four silk colours will head to post for each race and points ranging from 15 to 3 will be awarded to the first five in every race.

After the final race, the team who has picked up the most points are named the winners and lift the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. The jockey who has amassed the most points throughout the day will also be awarded the “Silver Saddle” trophy and additional prize money.

Meet the 2019 Shergar Cup Teams

The Girls

Ascot, here comes the girls! Winners of this trophy back in 2018 thanks to an impressive performance from Hayley Turner, The Girls team have risen to prominence since their introduction into this competition and with the inclusion of Nanako Fujita, winner of this year’s Women Jockey’s World Cup in Sweden, they will look to be firing on all cylinders.

Winners of the overall competition in 2019 with 76 points, if they have the metal to complete the feat once again, they’ll be the first consecutive team to win the trophy since the European teams in 2013 and 2014.

Captain Hayley Turner has already seen success on the Ascot track this season guiding 33/1 chance Thanks Be to victory at the Royal meeting. She always seems up for this event so I’d expect to see her getting a few wins if she’s drawn on the right horses.

Australian Jamie Kah makes her first appearance at the Shergar Cup, but just because she’s relatively unknown to UK racing fans, don’t rule her out of contention. Partnering nearly 800 winners down under, the 23-year-old, won the 2019 Australian Cup back in March.

Nanako Fujita was the first female jockey for 16 years to be awarded a license by the JRA and is the most successful female jockey to ever compete in Japan and will be hoping to build on her previous European successes here.

Jockey Team Shergar Cup Appearances
Hayley Turner (C) The Girls 12 appearances
Jamie Kah The Girls Debut
Nanako Fujita The Girls Debut

Jockey to look out for The most successful female jockey in UK horse racing history, Hayley Turner gained the nickname ’the headturner’ thanks to her aggressive riding style and impressive Group One wins. Holding the record of most Shergar Cup appearances, Turner was the recipient of the Silver Saddle in 2018 and could be the one to beat again this year.

The Rest of the World

The Shergar Cup allows UK horse racing fans to see some of the biggest jockeys from across the planet be invited to take part in the illustrious competition. This year, the organisers have pulled out all the stops bringing in jockeys from Hong Kong, Australia and Japan.

Captain Yuga Kawada is one of the most respected jockeys in Japan. One of only eight riders in the history of the Japanese Racing Association (JRA) to have won all five classic races, he’s got previous winning form in the UK thanks to a stint with Roger Varian back in 2018.

Australian Mark Zahra has an impressive record to call upon at his home tracks. He notched up 54 winners down under this season and will be hoping he can bring that record to Ascot this weekend.

Riding in the Shergar Cup for the first time, Vincent Chak-Yui Ho, who rides professionally as C-Y Ho is one of the most popular jockeys to ride in Hong Kong. Notching up 267 wins last season, he should be somewhat familiar with UK courses having enjoyed a short stint with Mark Johnston back in 2018.

Jockey Team Shergar Cup Appearances
Yuga Kawada (C) Rest of the World Debut
Mark Zahra Rest of the World Debut
Vincent Chak-Yui Ho Rest of the World Debut

Jockey to look out for Form and recognition speak for themselves in this jockey category, and it would be a crying shame for all racegoers if Yuga Kawada didn’t manage to get himself at least one win here.

Great Britain and Ireland

Jockey Team Shergar Cup Appearances
Tadhg O’Shea (C) Great Britain and Ireland Debut
Danny Tudhope Great Britain And Ireland Debut
Jamie Spencer Great Britain and Ireland 5 appearances

Jockey to look out for Danny Tudhope has enjoyed a cracking start to 2019 and currently sits second the Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship, one of the leading prizes in UK horse racing. A popular winner at Royal Ascot, he makes his Shergar Cup debut this weekend, and his familiarity with the course could give him an edge here.


Jockey Team Shergar Cup Appearances
Filip Minarik (C) Europe Debut
Gerald Mosse Europe 9 appearances
Adrie De Vries Europe 1 appearances

Jockey to look out for Gerald Mosse is an old hand at Shergar Cup day, and his previous knowledge of Ascot should help him finish in the placings here.

Ascot Racecourse Guide

Situated in the heart of the Royal County of Berkshire, Ascot is one of the most well-known UK racecourses. World-renowned for hosting five days of racing for the Royal Ascot Festival in June and Champions Day in October, the course has gained the royal seal of approval with the Queen regularly in attendance.

The history of Ascot

Pomp, circumstance, and history are all a big part of any race day at Ascot. In fact, top hat and tails are a must if you attend any of the Royal Ascot race days. With enclosures named after former members of the royal family, the course itself is protected by an 1813 parliamentary act which means we’re likely to see UK horse racing there for years to come.

What is the Ascot course like

The round course at Ascot is a triangular shape and sees horses run right-handed around the circuit. But for those looking to pounce late, there’s a 2 1/2 furlong run to contend with before reaching the winning post. The straight course and the old mile join the round course at the well-recognised Swinley Bottom. Predominantly a downhill course, it can be hard to pin bag a horse if they’ve got a good lead, so jockeyship is key to make sure your chance is at the sharp end in the closing stages of a race.

Other meetings at Ascot

Before the Shergar Cup, Ascot plays host to two of the most anticipated meeting in the racing calendar, Royal Ascot itself and the King George Meeting. It then takes a break from Group One races until the concluding month of the season when it plays host to British Champions Days.

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