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Saudi royal decree backs racing as virus looms

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The keenly anticipated Saudi Cup race meeting in Riyadh is likely to go ahead despite the deadly coronavirus scare – thanks to a special royal decree to get around tough travel restrictions.


28 Feb 2020
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Saudi royal decree backs racing as virus looms

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AFP/File/RYAD KRAMDI

The royal decree permits the likes of star jockeys Ryan Moore, who recently competed in Hong Kong where there are more than 80 confirmed cases of the disease, and Mikhael Barzalona, who rode in Dubai this week, to travel to Saudi Arabia. The inaugural Saudi Cup is the richest horse race in the world, with a prize of $20 million (R300 million), and has attracted some of the world’s elite horses, jockeys and trainers. Superstar rider Frankie Dettori, Japan’s champion Yutaka Take, American legend Mike Smith, a number of the world’s leading female jockeys and a plane-load of horses from...

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