Charismatic character to lead international jockeys team
Fairview Racecourse will host the first leg of the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge, to take place on November 18 and 20.
This year’s event will once again be a double-header with the final leg to be held at Turffontein on the Sunday.
The South African team, captained by reigning champion jockey S’manga Khumalo, may have their work cut out given the crop of international riders assembled for this year’s edition.
Khumalo led the team to victory in the International Jockeys’ Challenge in 2013.
The visitors will be captained by one of racing’s most charismatic characters, Frankie Dettori, who is no stranger to our shores having ridden in the first two editions.
The remainder of the squad consists of Robert Havlin, Pat Cosgrave, Aurelian Lemaitre and Hayley Turner – all four featured in last year’s event – while Irish jockey Fergus Sweeney will be making his debut.
“From our point of view it is an absolute privilege to have the likes of Frankie and Hayley, who has kept her riding licence specifically for this event, coming back to South Africa,” Racing Association chief executive Larry Wainstein said.
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