SA hoop gets Dubai opportunity

South Australian rider Caitlin Jones is given the opportunity to take her riding career to “another level” after being invited to travel to the Dubai World Cup Carnival early next year.

Jones travels to the United Arab Emirates in mid-January after being asked by Group 1-winning trainer Will Clarken to partner with two of his horses in Dubai.

Clarken plans to send last Saturday’s Listed Christmas Stakes place goats Parsifal and the talented He’s A Balter abroad for the 2022 World Cup Carnival.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Jones said.

“Will Clarken approached me and asked if I was interested, and I was not sure what context he meant for me to go over there.

“He replied and told me he wanted me to run them in their race and that was too good an opportunity to say no.

“I have been so lucky to drive overseas in track work in England and Ireland, but it will definitely be another level to go to Dubai around the World Cup Carnival.

“You can’t buy that kind of experience.”

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He’s A Balter is on his way to Dubai in the new year. Photo: Atkins Photography

Clarken has selected a few races for both of his horses during the carnival, and the stable mates are expected to clash on at least one occasion while they are over there.

Jones will have her choice of rides when He’s A Balter and Parsifal meet in a race, while she will also play a crucial role in passing information back to the barn from track work.

“Will can’t be over there full time and run a big stable like he does, so he wanted someone who could walk who has the knowledge to help look after the horses,” Jones said.

“I have been around horses for a long time and want to keep track of his horses, make sure they handle it all and how they travel over there.

“It’s all the little things you need to keep track of, and I’m lucky to have the experience.”

Both horses want a groom while housed in Dubai.

Jones will remain with the horses during their stay, which can last until the Dubai World Cup meeting of USD 26.5 million. March 26, 2022.

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