The Saudi Cup, which will be run over 9 furlongs on the dirt on 29 February with a total purse of $20-M will award the winner $10-M
Saudi Arabia will host the world’s richest horse race in Riyadh at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack next year, with a purse of $20-M at stake, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia announced recently.
The Saudi Cup, which will be run over 9 furlongs (1800 metres) on dirt on 29 February 2020 will have a maximum 14 runners, with the winner’s purse at $10-M.
The prize money at the Saudi Cup will eclipse the $16-M purse at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational in Florida last year.
“The introduction of the Saudi Cup as an international race is without doubt the most signiﬁcant event in the history of horse racing in Saudi Arabia,” said Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal.
“We look forward to welcoming international horsemen and women, the media, racing enthusiasts and the public to Riyadh in 2020.”
Frankie Dettori, 3X British flat track racing’s champion jockey, is impressed by the track.
“Of all the dirt tracks I’ve ridden, it’s the one I like best, as you can win from the front, and you can win from behind. It’s a fair track,” the 48-year-old said.
“The other thing I like is that the kickback is so much less than on other dirt tracks. I do not know why, but the sand seems ﬁner and does not stick.”
We will be there.
Let’s go Racing!