The world’s premier international jockeys’ competition, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, returns to Berkshire on Saturday 10th August 2019.
Now in its 19th year, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is one of Ascot’s most loved race meetings. Racegoers turn out in their tens of thousands for this unique event where three top riders in each of four teams – Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, Rest of the World and The Girls – battle against each other in a thrilling six-race showdown.
The action-packed day of Flat team racing is followed by a live headline concert from Jessie J, with DJ set by Tinie Tempah and performance from Go-West.
Live music post-racing is one of the most popular features of the day, with King Edward VII and Winning Post Enclosure ticket holders benefitting from access to the 'Golden Circle' close to the stage.
Ahead of the day Ascot was fortunate to catch up with Richard Drummie and Peter Cox from iconic 80s pop duo Go-West to talk about the day and ask them some of our burning questions…
On the 10th August you’re coming to the world-famous Ascot Racecourse for an evening at the races – how excited are you to perform at such a prestigious venue?
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be performing at Ascot Racecourse. We can’t wait to play there and to be a part of what’s sure to be an amazing day.”
What can fans look forward to on the night?
“A high energy performance! We are bringing our fantastic band and will be playing all the hits we are known for – plus one or two surprises…”
Have you ever been to Ascot as a spectator before? Any memories you’d like to share?
“We have been to Ascot before. We loved the spectacle and colour of the racing. No memorable winners to boast of – yet!”
What is your favourite song to perform and why?
“The King of Wishful Thinking from the soundtrack of the film ‘Pretty Woman’ is perhaps our best-known song. Any performer will tell you that an audience singing a song you have written back at you is a wonderful feeling.”
When you think of your musical career, what are the highlights, what sticks out the most?
“There have been a few highlights! Playing Yokohama baseball stadium (in a typhoon!) on our very first tour – a string of dates at the Hammersmith Apollo during the success of our debut album – winning a Brit Award – finally having a top 10 single in America after years of trying.”
When you first formed Go West who were your influences?
“Richard and I did a lot of listening before we started writing together. My own first musical passion was Jamaican reggae – then Motown – and we shared a love of the band Free. We were also listening to the sophisticated West Coast American artists of that time – Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers – a stark contrast to the punk movement in the U.K. at that time. Perhaps this was a subconscious inspiration for the name of the band.”
Queen Anne Enclosure tickets start from £32 in advance. Winning Post Enclosure and King Edward VII Enclosure tickets start from £50 and £69 in advance respectively. Children under 18 gain free entry at Ascot Racedays when accompanied by a paying adult.
Hospitality packages available from £129+VAT, Private Box packages from £149+VAT with À la Carte Fine Dining packages from £222+VAT (all prices per person with Private Box package prices based on a minimum of 6 people).