Horse racing

Vogt to defend Saudi Cup's Jockeys' Challenge title

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on January 13, 2021
Jockeys compete in the Saudi Cup on February 29, 2020. (AFP file)

Last year’s unique event saw seven male and seven female riders compete in the $1.6 million Kingdom Day Challenge

Switzerland’s Sibylle Vogt will embark on the title defence of her stc International Jockeys’ Challenge crown at next month’s Saudi Cup.

The second renewal of the $20 million Saudi Cup, the world’s richest horse race takes place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack, on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, on February 19 and 20 and the Germany-based Pattern-winning rider has confirmed her participation for the Challenge.

Last year’s unique event saw seven male and seven female riders compete in the $1.6 million Kingdom Day Challenge.

Three-time New Zealand Champion Jockey Lisa Allpress had created a bit of history by becoming the first woman to win a flat race in Saudi Arabia when she strode to victory in the opening race of the Challenge.

“It’s a huge honour to be invited back to take part in the International Jockeys’ Challenge,” said Vogt.

“It was such a good experience and it’s so nice to look back on it. It was an indescribable feeling to beat some of the best jockeys in the world last year – especially Frankie Dettori, as he is one of my idols and he will stay that way.

“I was very excited to be asked to take part because I had never been in such a big competition before. It was great getting to know all those successful jockeys.

“The whole thing was really well organised. The course was well maintained and the track is very fair to ride. I’m really looking forward to this year,” added the 25-year-old.

This year’s Challenge will see seven international female jockeys, five international male jockeys and two Saudi jockeys take part.

The prizemoney in each of the four races will be $400,000 and there is a $100,000 prize pot for the Jockeys’ Challenge with $30,000 going to the winner.

Organisers said that the full line-up of jockeys for the competition will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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