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With the International Racing Carnival including the Hong Kong Cup and $72 Million in prize money. If it were a Hollywood movie of horses and Jockeys, it would probably be an Oceans 12 or any other blockbuster featuring an A-list cast. Wednesday nights, International Jockey Challenge is horse racing’s equivalent of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Sponsored by LONGINES, this Challenge stars some of the best riders from around the world- Gary Stevens and Mike Smith from the US, the Butch and Sundance of racing along with the brilliant Belgian Christophe Soumillon, French whiz kid Maxime Guyon, Ryan Moore from the UK along with Richard Hughes, the new Japanese riding sensation Suguru Hamanaka, Italy’s Mirco Demuro, and from from Darley, the world's largest breeding and horseracing stables, their Australian Stable jockey, Kerrin Mc Evoy former partner stable jockey in Europe to Frankie Dettori in the Godolphin part of the Sheik Mohommed racing Empire and Douglas Whyte, Keith Yeung and Zac Purton.
All these great jockeys will compete in four designated races on horses balloted to each and with a points system deciding the winner.
Of course, there is a home team advantage as the Hong Kong riders compete on the unique Happy Valley track on a weekly basis.
Having said this, these are the best jockeys in the world to whom riding on different tracks is part of the job and where adaptability is key.
Emirates Airlines has gone on a 200-plane spending spree, as its home base of Dubai reiterates plans to become the world's biggest aircraft hub.
The airline has agreed to buy 150 Boeing 777 mini jumbos and confirmed purchase of 50 Airbus A380 superjumbos.
The order from Boeing is valued at $55.6bn (£34.5bn), excluding engines, while the purchase from its European rival Airbus amounts to $20bn (£12.4bn) at list price.
Emirates' appetite for plane purchases will not cease, the airline's president Tim Clark said.
"I don't think Emirates is going to stop with this order," Mr Clark, speaking at the Dubai air show, said.