Saudi Cup 2021 bookends year of global sporting turmoil with record $30.5m prize money up for grabs

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Thu, 2021-01-07 20:13

RIYADH: The long queues at King Khalid International Airport were a sign of things to come, but not in the way anyone entering the Saudi capital on Feb. 26, 2020 could have imagined. 

All eyes were on the Saudi Cup, a two-day festival of international racing that promised to be memorable in so many ways.

And the next few days did prove to be historic. Female jockeys on podiums stole the limelight on the first day, while record-breaking prize money was shared across the second.

The event, sadly, also acted as full stop for life as we know it.

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