Saudi Cup all information
Saudi Cup all information: The Saudi Cup is an international horse race held at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The first edition of the race was held on February 29, 2020 and distance of 1800 meters on dirt surface with runners from ten different countries and celebrated five winners from overseas across to compete in an eight-race card of four year old and plus .It was won by an American horse, Maximum Security, ridden by Luis Saez trained by Jason Servis and owned by Gary L& Mary E West, Mrs. J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D Smith winning time of 1.50.59. The race is notable for its 20 million dollar purse, which makes it the most lucrative event and the richest in horse racing. Organized by the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and is a two-day festival of international racing. The race is held four weeks after the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, Florida, and four weeks before the $12 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, making it possible for horses in those races to compete
Saturday February 20, 2021, the Saudi Cup day card carries a total prize purse of $30.5m and features dirt and turf races for the highest caliber racehorses in the world. The Saudi Cup 2021 is an invite-only event attendance capped at 2500 guests, horse connections and media. There will be no selling of tickets or opening to the general public due to the Covid 19 restrictions to observe safety protocols. The Saudi Cup 2021 will be beamed into millions of homes via Sports Fox at 12.pm ET. It was won by Mishriff trained by John Gosden and ridden by David Egan and owned by Prince Abdul Rahman al Faisal winning time of 1.49.59 In 2021, the Pegasus World Cup and the Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse, Japan were ‘Win and You’re In’ qualifiers for the Saudi Cup other ‘Win and You’re In’ races for Saudi Cup day are the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf as a qualifier for the Middle Distance Turf Cup, and the Capella Stakes as a qualifier for the Riyadh Dirt Sprint. Gambling is not allowed in Saudi Arabia.
A full card of racing on the preceding Friday includes an International Jockeys Challenge which sees seven female and seven male jockeys compete .As well as adding the newly founded $500,000 Saudi International Handicap for horses trained in IFHA-registered Part II and III racing countries. The Saudi Cup is charged with raising awareness of horse racing in the country and encouraging participation among men and women throughout the sport. It also aims to promote Saudi Arabia at international level, acting as a marker for the Kingdom’s transformational journey, encouraging tourism and investment.
Saudi Riyal abbreviation SAR is the official currency of Saudi and is managed by Central Bank of Saudi. David Egan took home US $100,000 after breaching the whip rules on Mishriff which is 10% of his initial money which was US$10milion prize. In 2021 winning jockey share was US$ 1million.