Saudi Arabia to have richest horse racing competition

29 Février, 2020, 07:49 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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With this massive sum, the race will surpass the Dubai Cup in terms of prize money, which offered a purse money of $12 million in 2019.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has in recent years invested heavily in sporting events, in a soft power push created to project a more moderate image and jettison a reputation for rights abuses and the export of hard-line ideology.

The Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 29th for the simulcast of the inaugural running of the Saudi Cup. In this competition, the victor will get $ 10 million.

The victor of the race will be walking away with $10 million and the person at the second place with $3.5 million. Furthermore, The Saudi Cup is expected to attract around 10,000 spectators and it will be run over 1,800 metres on a dirt track.

While speaking to an worldwide media outlet, Tom Ryan, the director of the strategy and global racing at the Jockey Club, said that the authorities are taking the first steps on a journey to bring the domestic racing product on a par with the global counterparts.

The event will "increase the sport's following inside Saudi Arabia, as well as opening up the industry to worldwide horses and connections to make our mark on global racing", he said. Opening the industry and are believed to be a major step towards making our mark on the global racing.

Organizers of the event have said that they are keen on female jockeys participating in the race despite the fact that the kingdom is known for discrimination against women.

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Currie and six others are to compete in a points-based challenge over four races with seven male riders led by Frankie Dettori.

However, Maximum Security is perhaps best known for moving to the front in the Kentucky Derby past year, only to be degraded, becoming the first horse to be disqualified from first place in the Churchill Downs masterpiece for causing interference.

Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up McKinzie bids for the $10m first prize, along with Godolphin contender Benbatl and the Irish challenger Magic Wand.

And in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, critics say the sporting drive is aimed at blunting public frustration over an economic downturn and soaring youth unemployment.

"Men and women will be treated equally", he said when asked about jockeys.

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