world riders saddle up to take on top sa jockeys

READY: International jockey Frankie Dettori is coming to our shores.
READY: International jockey Frankie Dettori is coming to our shores.

Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane, two of the biggest names in horseracing, are among the six international jockeys who will clash with South Africa's top riders in the International Jockeys' Challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg on Saturday November 29.

Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane, two of the biggest names in horseracing, are among the six international jockeys who will clash with South Africa's top riders in the International Jockeys' Challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg on Saturday November 29.

The international team includes champions from several countries including the UK, France and Australia.

The full team is: Frankie Dettori (England), Mick Kinane (Ireland), Ryan Moore (England), Damien Oliver (Australia), Srinath Surender (India) and Christophe Soumillon (France).

Italian-born Dettori has become a legend in his own lifetime and is the most famous jockey in the world.

He is the retained rider for Godolphin, the banner under which the rulers of Dubai race, and has won virtually every major race in the world.

Like Dettori, Irish-born Kinane has long been regarded as one of the best jockeys on the planet and has won the Irish Jockeys' Championship a record 13 times. He, too, has won major races in a string of countries.

Ryan Moore was champion apprentice in the UK in 2003 and went on to clinch the British Jockeys' Championship in 2006, when he booted home 180 winners. Injury put paid to his chances of retaining the title last year, but he holds a commanding lead in the race for this year's UK jockeys' title.

Belgium-born Christophe Soumillon has been a dominant figure in French racing for years.

He was champion apprentice there in 1999 and won the French Jockeys' Championship in 2003 with 207 winners.

Surender has won the jockeys' title in India no fewer than five times and has won virtually all the major races in that country. He has ridden over 900 winners from 2800 rides.

Oliver is a household name in Australia and has won 80 Group 1 races. He has also won the Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership on seven occasions and ridden with success in New Zealand, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and England.

The international riders will compete against South Africa's best jockeys in a thrilling four-race challenge on Steinhoff Summer Cup day.

It will be the first international jockeys' contest in South Africa in 20 years and JSE-listed Phumelela, which operates horseracing and/or tote betting in seven of South Africa's nine provinces, is proud to have been able to secure such a formidable international team.

The riders to represent South Africa will be selected soon. The National Horseracing Authority will choose the team.

There will be a draw for mounts and the runners will be seeded beforehand to equalise the chances of the two teams as much as is possible.

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