The new jockeys' challenge will take place at King Abdulaziz racecourse

The brand new jockeys’ problem will happen at King Abdulaziz racecourse

Martin DokoupilARTIN DOKOUPIL

Nicola Currie is one in all seven global feminine jockeys set to make historical past in Riyadh later this month by way of turning into the primary ladies to trip in a aggressive race in Saudi Arabia. 

They are going to participate in a points-based jockeys’ problem along seven male riders together with Frankie Dettori throughout 4 races on February 28, the day prior to the $20,000,00Zero Saudi Cup.

Whilst different equestrian sports activities have lengthy been open to each sexes, this nevertheless represents a notable building in a rustic that has been closely criticised over its report on ladies’s rights.

Organisers have spoken of Saudi Arabia present process a change and examine the jockeys’ problem as a mirrored image of the rustic’s Imaginative and prescient 2030, a listing of goals that incorporates greater wearing participation a few of the country’s younger folks.

Nicola Currie: amongst the ones set to compete in Saudi Arabia

Mark Cranham

“We are extremely joyful to welcome probably the most best possible jockeys within the industry to compete,” stated Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Membership of Saudi Arabia.

“Racing automatically sees female and male riders compete on a degree enjoying box and we’re proud to proceed this nice custom at King Abdulaziz Racecourse throughout Saudi Cup weekend.”

The jockeys can be assigned in the neighborhood skilled horses thru a draw on February 25 and can earn elements for my part relying on their completing place as they bid to be topped champion jockey.


Taking part jockeys

Nicola Currie
Nanako Fujita
Mickaelle Michel
Lisa Allpress
Sophie Doyle
Sibylle Vogt
Emma-Jayne Wilson

Frankie Dettori
Yutaka Take
Ryan Moore
Olivier Peslier
Mike Smith
Adel Alfouraidi
TBC


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FIRST PUBLISHED 7:49PM, FEB 13 2020



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