Mazur chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle after spectacular Dubai World Cup win
Szczepan Mazur is off to the races… and winning!
The jockey’s recent victory in one of the Dubai World Cup Carnival series races opens up the doors to the most prestigious tournaments in the birthplace of the Arabian horses.
Riding the five-year-old purebred Arabian mare Wadeeaa, Mazur dominated the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge, leaving his competitors behind early on and staying ahead even when they started to catch up on the final stretch.
The Meydan racetrack proved lucky for Mazur, as it was his first victory in a race of this rank, with a prize pool of 65,000 USD.
The 23-year-old jockey from Silesia has already earned the title of the best Polish rider.
In 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 he won the Championship of Poland.
His passion-turned-career in horse riding started in 2010.
In just years he managed to win over 100 races, earning him the official title of a jockey.
In 2013 he became the youngest jockey in history to win the Warsaw Derby, Poland’s most prestigious race in Poland, during its 100 jubilee.
Like many other talented riders, he travels to the UAE during the winter season to work and gain experience on the Arabian tracks, riding both thoroughbreds and Arabian purebreds.
This season he has already triumphed ten times, came second 11 times and third four times.
Mazur is not the only Polish jockey starting in the UAE, as Joanna Grzybowska is also working for the Saeed Al Shamsi’s stable.
Yet with his recent good results, Mazur has the chance to appear during the Dubai World Cup Night, the most expensive event of its kind, with a prize pool of 35 million USD.