'Fantastic' entries in for inaugural Saudi Cup; see the list

Saudi Cup News Release
January 14, 2020 09:30am

The first running of the $29.2m Saudi Cup race day has attracted an impressive list of entries, including no less than 32 Group or Grade 1 winners in the big race alone.

Held at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh on Feb. 29, the Saudi Cup kicks off a new era in Saudi Arabian horse racing, highlighted by the creation of the first turf track in the country’s history.

The Saudi Cup which, with a $20 million prize purse assumes the mantle of the world’s most valuable race, has attracted more than 140 nominations, representing four continents, 16 countries and more than 60 trainers around the globe.

Entries to the featured 1 1/8-mile contest on the dirt have been made by the connections of 143 horses and feature multiple multiple Grade 1 winners such as Midnight Bisou, Maximum Security and McKinzie.

The first turf races to ever be held in Saudi Arabia have received an impressive list of entries, too.

Among other big names entered is the possible Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) favorite Magic Wand in the Neom Turf Cup; the prolific American sprinter Shancelot in the Dirt Sprint; and familiar names such as Zulu Alpha, Focus Group and Campaign in the Red Sea Turf Handicap.

The program will consist of, in full:

The Jockey Club Local Handicap4yo+1800m/9fDirt$500,000
The Riyadh Dirt Sprint3yo+1200m/2fDirt$1,500,000
The 1351 Turf Sprint4yo+1351m/6¾fTurf$1,000,000
The Saudi Derby3yo1600m/8fDirt$800,000
The Neom Turf Cup4yo+2100m/10½fTurf$1,000,000
The Obaiya Arabian Classic4yo+2000m/10fDirt$1,900,000
The Red Sea Turf Handicap4yo+3000m/15fTurf$2,500,000
The Saudi Cup4yo+1800m/9fDirt$20,000,000

Tom Ryan, director of strategy and international racing for the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, was thrilled by the strong levels of global interest in the race day.

“The response to the Saudi Cup from the international racing community has been fantastic,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier with the entries that we’ve received and we are now fully focused on putting on a spectacular first Saudi Cup race day to live up to the caliber of these entries.”

Entries will now be whittled down to final fields, based on ratings allocated by former BHA senior handicapper, Phil Smith.

Other American horses whose connections intend to purse the Saudi Cup include Tacitus, Mucho Gusto and Math Wizard, while a slew of others are possible. Notably, the Top 3 finishers in the upcoming Pegasus World Cup (G1) on dirt are guaranteed to be issued invitations.

See the full list of Saudi Cup day entries below with the option to expand to full screen at the lower right. Visit this link if the embed does not appear.


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