Don't let their small stature fool you, there's a lot more to being a jockey than you might think.
The rewards can be millions but the riders face grueling fitness regimes and unbelievable diets before they've even left the starting gate. And they're off...!
PLACE YOUR BETS
Jockeys are self-employed and never actually own the horses they race. Instead they hire themselves out to the highest bidder, and are responsible for their own travel costs, insurance and equipment.
The average rider loses about 4kg of weight during a race due to the battering his body has taken.
THE PAY OFF
Jockeys may be freelance workers, but the money is there to be earned. Top jockeys can take home over 563,700 KWD ($2million USD) a year.