Australian Caitlin Jones wins the Saudi Telecom International Mounted Challenge

Australian Caitlin Jones wins the Saudi Telecom International Mounted Challenge

Australian party with Caitlin Jones and Glenn Boss. Photo: Yolanda Tillmans

For the third time, an international jockey tournament was held in Saudi Arabia. In four races, seven top international jockeys competed for honors against seven of the best jockeys. Not only for the honor but also for 10% of the award money out of the total $1.6 million that will be split among the top five applicants via a points system. The overall winner can add another $30,000. The winner was Caitlin Jones.

Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Saudi Jockey Club: We are pleased to welcome some of the best jockeys in the world to the STC International Jockey Competition. The International Knights Challenge reflects the values ​​of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which sets out a program of goals to increase sports participation in various segments among Saudi youth.”

Second half for retired Glenn Boss

Shane Foley won the first race of the STC International Knights Challenge over a distance of 1,400 metres. In the second round, racing legend Glenn Boss defeated Pioneer making Glenn’s dream come true. The 52-year-old Australian retired last November, but he did not miss the opportunity to drive in Saudi Arabia, a country he had never visited before.

You have not driven in Saudi Arabia

THE PRESIDENT: “I got the call the day after I retired – if they asked me two weeks later I might have said no but it took about two seconds to say yes. I was excited, I’ve been riding in many countries and I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia before, so it was a great opportunity to come and see its shape.

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Fantastic career

His top-level honors list includes three Melbourne Cups over the mare Makebi Deva (2003-2005) and four Cox plaques (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2020). Boss “I’ve had a very impressive career: I’m 52 and riding professionally for 37 years, most of the time at a very high level. I felt like I had a lot to do in racing, but it wasn’t racing, and to do that I had to get away from driving. itself.To be this great all the time you have to be 100% committed.I felt less motivated as well as starting to mentally wander.I really like the racetrack and the organization here.I took a good look at the track yesterday and can visually tell it’s top-of-the-line I spoke to Olivier Bessler and he confirmed it. The Saudi people have lofty ambitions, great vision and determination and he will take this to a great and great level. I love competing against younger jockeys in this international tournament because, as everyone knows, women all over the world are really setting their feet. Now they make a huge impact in racing, which I totally support. I love the concept of seven men and seven women because it gives women the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents on the world stage. This will be the last time I will ride a racehorse and be able to do so at Saudi Arabia and winning there is very exciting.”

Caitlin Jones

Caitlin Jones won the third place on Quilan Al Khail, and she topped the rankings with this victory and won it by collecting the most points because the winner of the fourth round got less points than she did. So it turned out to be a great Australian party with Glenn Boss and Caitlin Jones, who have won over 300 victories in Australia and recently traveled to Dubai with a number of Australian horses to prepare for the big races there.

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