Having assisted the Equestrian Club Riyadh (ECR) in 2002 with the transfer of their racing operations from Malaz to the new King Abdul Aziz Racecourse, Janadriyah, IRM has maintained a watchful eye over the development of the ECR’s racing activities ever since.
Initially this involved a full-time presence, with the focus on defining the operating and maintenance procedures for the new track and equestrian facilities. As the new racecourse established itself at Janadriyah, however, IRM’s role subsequently evolved into the consulting function it fulfils today - whereby expertise remains on call, and periodic assessments of ECR operations are carried out to deal with any operational issues as they arise.
Racing at King Abdul Aziz Racecourse features top thoroughbred action, with a mixed programme of racing for both local-bred and imported horses. The Riyadh season runs from September through to April. The ECR then stages a brief ‘Summer Season’ in Taif through June and July, where the weather is more agreeable. There are several Saudi ‘Group’ races during the season and the biggest races, including The King’s Cup, regularly attract top international jockeys. In recent years these have included Ryan Moore, Kieran Fallon, Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh, and Richard Hills, to name but some.
IRM has built a strong relationship with the ECR over the past decade and it has been enormously satisfying to see their operation go from strength to strength. The racing and equestrian facilities at Janadriyah are amongst the best in the world, and the top jockeys who have ridden there are united in their opinion that King Abdul Aziz Racecourse features one of the very best dirt racing surfaces worldwide.