$ 5 Million Boost Makes Saudi Arabian Cup Richest Venue In World Races | Topics: Mishriff, Knicks Go, Saudi Cup, Bahrain International Trophy
The two-day Arabian Cup meeting in February will be the richest horse racing weekend on the planet, overtaking Dubai World Cup day a month later.
The total prize money in Riyadh on Friday February 25 and Saturday February 26 will increase by nearly $ 5 million to reach $ 35.1 million, making it the most valuable match in world races, the Jockey Club has announced. ‘Saudi Arabia (JCSA).
Dubai World Cup day, which was promoted as the richest racing day in the world even after the $ 20 million Saudi Cup overtook the $ 12 million Dubai World Cup as that most valuable race in its first race in 2020, will have a total prize of $ 30.5 million on March 26, it will feature six G1s and three G2s.
The Saudi Cup, which will take place for the first time as an official G1 (it has always achieved G1 status in the TRC World Ranking), remains on $ 20 million in February, while five thoroughbred races on the Saturday card at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh achieved G3 status.
The prize money for the G3 Neom Turf Cup and the G3 1351 Turf Sprint has increased by $ 500,000 to reach $ 1.5 million. The Obaiya Arabian Classic, a million dollar competition for Arabian thoroughbred horses, was promoted this week to G2 by the IFAHR.
His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal, president of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, told media: having been promoted by IFHA earlier this month. We are now looking forward to hosting the world’s most important race, the Saudi Cup, as Group 1 for the first time, as well as five Group 3 races on the undercard.
âNone of this would have been possible without the buy-in and support of the international racing community and, on behalf of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, I would like to thank all members of the industry for the way they adopted the Saudi Cup. . “
The highlight of the meeting’s opening day, the STC International Jockeys Challenge (IJC), won last year by Irishman Shane Foley, will incorporate a turf competition into its 4-race format, while a new international turf race, the list of $ 1 million Al La Mneefah Cup for Arabian Thoroughbreds is also added.
Qualifying races added on “Road To Riyadh”
The JCSA has also confirmed some important additions to the list of qualifying races for the undercard contests.
The G3 Bahrain International Trophy on November 19 will qualify for the Neom Turf Cup for the first time, as will the G3 Challenge Cup in Hanshin on December 4, with the winner of the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf on January 29 securing a place in the same race.
The G2 Hanshin Cup on December 25 becomes a new qualifier for the 1351 Turf Sprint, and the G3 Capella Stakes in Nakayama on December 12 retains its qualifying race place for the G3 Riyadh Dirt Sprint.
The three qualifying competitions for the Saudi Cup itself remain the G1 Pegasus World Cup on January 29 and the G1 Champions Cup in Japan on December 5, as well as the Saudi National Cup G1, the keeper of the Two Holy Mosques Cup. January 29.
Tom Ryan, JCSA Director of Strategy and International Races, said: âDespite the global challenges, the 2021 Saudi Cup was a huge success, attracting a truly international peloton. We had a brilliant winner in Mishriff who is the perfect example of the high class horse racing can attract, and his victory showed just how well placed the race is on the calendar.
âAfter his two Group 1 victories, he turned out to be one of the best horses in the world. We then had the fourth Saudi Arabian Cup Knicks go clinch the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in August, while 11th place Maximum player also succeeded at Saratoga last month in the freshman Jockey Club Gold Cup.
âSeveral other races in the meeting also produced Group 1 winners. Earlier this month, Godolphin’s Space blues, who won the 1351 Turf Sprint, won the Prix de la ForÃªt on the day of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and even though the British coach Oxted finished on the pitch in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint it certainly didn’t hurt as he won the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot just three starts later.
âOne of the things we are most proud of at the Saudi Arabian Jockey Club is the versatility of the running surface at King Abdulaziz Racecourse. The 2021 Saudi Cup has conclusively proven that turf horses can perform on our dirt track and their form on dirt translates into turf.
“Mishriff had only raced once on clay before, in last year’s Saudi Derby, while the winner of this year’s Saudi Derby, Pink kamehameha, had previously only raced on grass in his native Japan. We hope this will show owners and coaches around the world that they can come to Saudi Arabia and participate in our dirt and turf races. “