Female Jockeys To Break New Ground In Saudi Arabia

Female Jockeys

Female Jockeys are set to take centre stage at the inaugural $20,000,000 Saudi Cup meeting in Riyadh at the end of February as they become the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia.

Female riders are set to be part of a points-based jockeys' challenge which will be ran alongside seven other male riders across the four day meeting in the Middle-East.

Saudi Arabia is a country that has been heavily scrutinised ahead of the Saudi Cup meeting in regards to women's rights but with this factor being added to the festival it shows a clear will to improve the countries way of life.

(Credit Racing Post) Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia said: "We're delighted to welcome some of the best jockeys in the business to compete.

"Racing routinely sees male and female riders compete on a level playing field and we are proud to continue this great tradition at King Abdulaziz Racecourse during Saudi Cup weekend."

On February 25th all jockeys will be handed locally trained horses through a random draw will earn points individually depending on their finishing position as they bid to be the first champion jockey at the Saudi meeting.