The drawing of lots for rides of the 12 jockeys and 8 Lady Riders taking part in this year's Attitude Hotels International Jockeys Weekend 2019, on Saturday 30 November and December 1st December, took place at the Ravenala Hotel at Balaclava on Wednesday night.

The President of the Mauritius Turf Club, Kamal Taposeea, was joined by fellow Administrators Frantz Merven, Paul France Tennant, Denis Doger de Speville, Anoop Madhow and Rajesh Servansingh. The C.E.O Mike Rishworth was also present, along with Alessandro Schenone, C.E.O of the Attitude Ravenala Hotel.

Fanny Salmon and Maesh Soneea shared the role of Master Of Ceremony, and it was the latter who kicked things off, welcoming guests from abroad and elaborating on the fact that Horse Racing has existed in Mauritius for 207 years.

Following this, it was the turn of Mike Rishworth to speak. He was quick to show gratitude to all of those responsible for ensuring that this event would take place. He said it was a roller-coaster ride in the weeks leading up to this event, and even added that there was a fear of this event not taking place due to budget issues. He expressed his thanks to Attitude Hotels and other sponsors for their strong support, as well as Air Mauritius for providing tremendous air fares for the invited guests from abroad. He also thanked the MTC staff for their collaboration and hard work.

Mike Rishworth concluded by saying that the weekend's action would be broadcast live to different countries, and hoped that it would be a weekend of thrilling action.

Next to speak was Alessandro Schenone, and he immediately spoke of his happiness of welcoming the MTC and the International Jockeys Weekend for the 5th year in-a-row. He also added that Attitude Hotels were proud to be in partnership with the MTC. He concluded by saying that Attitude is all about Mauritian culture and was happy that the invited guests from abroad were very appreciative of it.

After this, Fanny Salmon took to the stand to speak about the Lady Riders race, the 3rd race on Sunday's card. After presenting the 8 Lady Riders that will be in action, she took a moment to talk about Mauritius being a family and added that Horse Racing is not only about sport, but about passion.

Following the drawing of lots for the Lady Riders race, Maesh Soneea spoke about White River dominating the 2019 racing season by winning the Grand Chelem and the Four-year old Championship. Champion trainer, Rameshwar Gujadhur, was also honoured and Maesh Soneea added that as he was absent due to family reasons, the Championship trophy would be given to him on Saturday 7th December - the season finale.

As the ceremony was all about jockeys, the Equidor Award for Mauritian Jockey with most wins and Equidor Award for Champion Jockey were handed out, with Nooresh Juglall and Manoel Nunes being the recipients.

It was then time for the most important part of the evening - the drawing of lots for rides of the 12 jockeys. Fanny Salmon spoke briefly about the 6 invited jockeys, with the trio of Jason Collett, Surendar Srinath and Manuel Martinez present, while Aurelien Lemaitre, Jason Watson and John Powell were due to arrive very soon.

Before the drawing of lots, Fanny Salmon added that a Panel of Independent Journalists had seeded the horses according to their opinion.