Tom Ryan is the Director of Strategy and International Racing with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia / Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia // Neville Hopwood

Tom Ryan joined the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia as Director of Strategy & International Racing in May 2019 following a 13-year tenure as General Manager of Naas Racecourse. During this time Naas was completely redeveloped and acclaimed for its innovative and forward-thinking policies.

Significant improvements to the racing surface yielded a major advancement in the flat programme at Naas over recent years which saw it emerge as one of the leading tracks in Ireland. To highlight this, the track was named the AIRO/The Irish Field’s Racecourse of the Year in 2019.

Tom has been a director of the Association of Irish Racecourses for the past nine years. The Association advances the commercial and operational interests of all 26 racecourses in Ireland.

Prior to his time at Naas Racecourse, Tom was involved in several aspects of the racing & bloodstock industries. He spent four years with Coolmore including two sales and breeding seasons in Kentucky. Over a 10-year spell through school and college he rode out regularly for trainer Charlie Swan in Tipperary while also being involved in a small breeding and pinhooking operation on the family farm at home.

Tom holds a degree in Equine Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Limerick.

About The Saudi Cup
Organised by the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and run at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, The Saudi Cup is a two-day festival of international racing headlined by the USD$20m Saudi Cup – the world’s most valuable race.

Established in 2020 with the third renewal set to be run on Saturday February 26, 2022, The Saudi Cup day card carries a total prize purse of $30.5m and features dirt and turf races for the highest calibre of racehorses in the world.

A full card of racing on the preceding Friday includes an International Jockeys Challenge which sees seven female and seven male jockeys compete as individuals as well as the $500,000 Saudi International Handicap for horses trained in IFHA-registered Part II and III racing countries.

The Saudi Cup is charged with raising awareness of horse racing in the country, encouraging participation among men and women. It also aims to promote Saudi Arabia at international level, acting as a marker for the Kingdom’s transformational journey, encouraging tourism and investment.

Source: The Saudi Cup/Media

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