Sunday, 24 July 2011

Huges, Berry and O’Donoghue Make Up a Formidable Irish Team For The 2011 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

Richard Hughes, who has captained the Irish team in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in each of the last two years and who won the Silver Saddle trophy for the top individual jockey in both 2002 and 2009, is once again set to lead the boys in green in the world’s premier international jockeys’ competition at Ascot on Saturday 6 August.

Only an important runner elsewhere for his retained Richard Hannon stable will keep Hughes away from chasing an Irish Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup hat-trick a week on Saturday, where he will be joined by crack Irish-based riders Fran Berry and Colm O’Donoghue.
Berry made a huge impact on his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut a year ago, amassing the biggest points haul for his victorious team and winning the Silver Saddle trophy in the process.

O’Donoghue won last month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Treasure Beach, so gaining an automatic invitation from the sponsors to ride at what is now one of Ascot’s most popular racedays of the year. He will be making his first Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup appearance.

“I’m over the moon to be asked to ride in the competition,” said a delighted O’Donoghue during his visit to ride two horses at Ascot yesterday.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching it on TV and it’ll be great to participate in it this year with so many great jockeys taking part.”

A powerful Rest of the World Team, announced last month, comprises the all-time record holders from Hong Kong and Japan, Doug Whyte and Yutaka Take, and Aussie ace, Hugh Bowman. The line-ups for Great Britain and Europe will be announced soon.
The six races will be followed by a two-hour 80’s concert with a line-up including Jason Donovan, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jimmy Somerville, Paul Young, Toyah, China Crisis and Altered Images.

It is often Ascot’s best attended raceday outside the Royal Meeting with a crowd of around 30,000 expected. Tickets (Premier £40; Grandstand £26) can be booked in advance with a minimum 10% discount (higher discounts available for group bookings) at or by calling 0870 727 1234.

Nick Smith, Head of Public Relations and International Racing, Ascot, 07771 791449

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