Four teams of riders compete in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup - Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, Rest of The World and - the reigning champions - the Girls.
The latter team are captained by Ascot regular, the perennial Canadian champion Emma-Jayne Wilson. She is joined by temporarily out of retirement Hayley Turner. She has been at pains to say that she is riding tomorrow because she loves the event so much, and this does not signal a return to the sport full time. Perhaps the riding bug will in the end prove too strong or perhaps she will decide just to ride each year in our event, which would be exciting going forward.
They are joined by up and coming apprentice jockey, Josephine Gordon, who has impressed a lot of people this season. We should remember that last year's top jockey on the day - the winner of the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle - was the apprentice on the team, Sammy-Jo Bell. Sadly she is on the sidelines this year.
We staged a media event with some of the visiting his jockeys in London yesterday, and hopefully you've seen the colourful photos on our Twitter feed and website. The jockeys are wearing the team colours that you will only see at this event - the owners' colours are replaced so the public can better engage in the competition element.
Tomorrow could be a big day for Ascot's favourite son, Frankie Dettori, as the home of his Magnificent Seven could also be the scene of his 3000th career winner. Following a winner at Sandown last night, Frankie is on 2997. He has an excellent book of rides at Newmarket tonight - too good maybe! However, hopefully he might go into the Shergar Cup needing just one or two to reach this landmark.
The six races themselves are framed specifically to be closely matched, competitive handicaps. Each has been increased in value by £5,000 to £45,000 this year to keep owners' interest high and secure full fields of 10 and two reserves, which can come in very close to the race due to a dispensation from the BHA. Everything is geared to making sure that each jockey has the same number of rides.
Finally, also important to our racing programme this week was the unveiling of entries for QIPCO British Champions Day, which this year is worth at total of £4.2 million.
We announced recently that we have created an inner flat course where we will run the Champion Stakes, the premier race on the card. This track will ride a degree less testing than the outer regular flat track, which we hope will enable us to maintain the upward momentum of the race which needs to attract the best in Europe. We may look to run the other two round course races on the inner track in time.
Amongst the entries for the five Pattern Races (four at Group One) are the winners of 79 Group One races including Derby winner Harzand. Numbers of entries received across the programme were 256 - a record - compared to 245 last year.
Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications
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