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By February , the 14 competitors will be decided. The fact that the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia is paying all the costs for the competitors and their horses, has invested millions of dollars into the development of a turf track demonstrates that the Saudi Cup will be an illustrious race that will become a yearly feature.

The organisers are hoping that the Saudi Cup will earn a reputation as a top-class race akin to the Melbourne Cup. There may not be any female competitors at all. The Saudi Cup is limited to 14 competitors, who will have won in qualifying races or have been invited by the Jockey Club.

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It will be interesting to see who will be invited and who will get through the qualifying races, and whether this initiative to encourage the participation of female jockeys in horse racing in Saudi Arabia will actually take off! The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia will arrange and pay for flights, accommodation, veterinary bills, farriers and fodder ibid.

There is no entry fee and no cost to run a horse in the race.


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The race is not just noteworthy for the prize money and the creation of a turf track at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack, but the inclusion of female jockeys in the race in a country in which women have limited rights and are restricted from being involved publicly in sport is an interesting development. We are going through a transformation in the kingdom.


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