Saudi Cup 2023: U.K. bookmaker lists odds for 9 horses

Saudi Cup 2023: U.K. bookmaker lists odds for 9 horses
Photo: Melissa Ziarno / Saudi Cup

Taiba and Country Grammer, both trained by Bob Baffert, were the top two betting choices of one British bookmaker Wednesday evening for this month’s Group 1, $20 million Saudi Cup.

Among the nine potential starters listed by William Hill U.K., three-time Grade 1 winner Taiba was the 2-1 futures favorite. Country Grammer, who was runner-up in the race last year, was the 5-1 second choice.

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Jun Light Bolt and Crown Pride, who finished 1-2 in that order Dec. 4 in the Champions Cup (G1) in Japan, were the third and fourth choices at 8-1 and 12-1, respectively. Crown Pride, who won the 2022 UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan, finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

Café Pharoah, a Japan-based, 6-year-old horse by American Pharoah, and Scotland Yard, a former Steve Asmussen trainee who is 3-for-3 in Saudi Arabia, were listed at 14-1.

Geoglyph, a turf horse who won the 2022 Satsuki Sho, or Japan guineas for 3-year-olds, and Panthalassa, runner-up in the autumn Tenno Sho in Tokyo, were showing at 16-1.

Vin de Garde, a 7-year-old Grade 2 winner on Japan turf but unraced since June, was the 25-1 long shot at William Hill U.K.

Saudi Cup 2023Odds*SireAgeLast race
Taiba  2-1Gun Runner 41st Malibu (G1), Dec. 26, Santa Anita
Country Grammer  5-1Tonalist 61st San Antonio (G2), Dec. 26, Santa Anita
Jun Light Bolt  8-1King Kamehameha 61st Champions Cup (G1), Dec. 4, Chukyo
Crown Pride12-1Reach The Crown 42nd Champions Cup (G1), Dec. 4, Chukyo
Café Pharoah14-1American Pharoah 61st Mile Championship, Oct. 10, Morioka
Scotland Yard14-1Quality Road 41st Holy Mosques Cup, Jan. 28, Riyadh
Geoglyph16-1Drefong 46th HK Cup (G1), turf, Dec. 11, Sha Tin
Panthalassa16-1Lord Kanaloa 610th HK Cup (G1), turf, Dec. 11, Sha Tin
Vin de Garde25-1Deep Impact 715th Yasuda Kinen (G1), turf, June 5, Tokyo
*William Hill U.K.

Now in its fourth year, the Saudi Cup has a declaration deadline of Feb. 21 for the connections of invited horses to accept their entries. The post-position draw will be Feb. 22. The race will be run the evening of Feb. 25 at the King Abdulaziz Equestrian Field.

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