MULTIPLE GROUP ONE winning jockeys William Buick and Shane Foley have been added to the star studded list of riders for the Saudi Cup’s International Jockeys Challenge in Riyadh later this month. Godolphin’s Buick, Foley and leading Swedish female jockey Malin Holmberg, spending the winter at Satish Seemar’s Zabeel Stables, have been confirmed for the four race event on 19 February, the first day of the valuable meeting at King Abdulaziz Racetrack that culminates with the world’s richest race, the Saudi Cup.
Ten of the 14 riders for the challenge have now been confirmed, including Pierre Charles-Boudot, Jessica Marcialis and last year’s inaugural heroine, Sibylle Vogt. “I really enjoy riding abroad and think it’s massively important. The racing in Saudi Arabia is a big and growing operation,” Foley said. “I rode in the Japanese Jockeys Challenge in 2018 which was a good experience and I’ve already ridden against some of these jockeys.
It’s nice to be associated with these quality names and events and I’m really looking forward to it.” Foley and Buick will also be in action on the $30.5 million Saudi Cup card the following day, with the latter set to partner Group One winner Space Blues in the Saudi Turf Sprint for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.
“My first time riding in Saudi was around 12 years ago and the Saudi Cup raceday itself was a massive success last year,” Buick said. “There were winners from all over the world and the races were really competitive. For the organisers of a big meeting, that’s your dream: competitive racing and a level playing field.”