Saudi Cup welcomes female jockeys to contest card worth $27m

The Dubai Cup was previously the world's richest race at $10m (PA Images)
The Dubai Cup was previously the world's richest race at $10m (PA Images)
7:43am, Wed 18 Sep 2019
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Organisers of the world's richest race meeting, the $27m Saudi Cup, are encouraging female jockeys to take part.

"Men and women will be treated equally," said Prince Bandar, addding this was in an attempt to "transform" his country after it has come under large amounts of criticism over its women's rights record.

"We are going through a transformation in the kingdom," said the Prince. "We are learning, but we are opening up and there is a political will to go there."

The Saudi Cup will take place at King Abdulaziz racetrack in Riyadh in February and will consist of six races. The feature race has a prize pot of $20m (£16.1m) and the five other races will have additional prize money totalling $6.8m. 

The main event will have a maximum of 14 starters, with the winner claiming a whopping $10m and even the 10th-placed finisher will walk away with a cool $200,000.

Two of the supporting races will take place on the same track, with three others on a new turf course.

The Saudi Cup takes place just a month before the Dubai World Cup which seems almost an also-ran with a mere $10m up for grabs.

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