Saudi Arabia Hosts New $ 266,667 Race For Three-Year-Old Thoroughbreds
The new race, held over 1,600m in Taif, is held alongside JCSA’s other listed competition, the $ 2 million Obaiya Arabian Classic, which takes place on Saudi Cup day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. as a major target for the best thoroughbred Arabians in the country.
Held at the King Khalid Racecourse, at the JCSA summer headquarters, 800 km north of Riyadh, the King Faisal Cup will be held on September 10, the last Friday of the summer racing season. It is open to 3-year-old foals and fillies.
Also listed are three new thoroughbred competitions, including the Okaz Open Cup at $ 133,333 over 2,000m, and two SR300,000 Taif Cup one-mile races for three-year-old foals and fillies respectively. Taif’s first maps of the season saw big-ticket races for juveniles over 1,400m, as well as a racing program for apprentice jockeys.
King Khalid Racecourse is a 1,600m oval dirt track used as a summer base for the Saudi Arabian racing industry. The site has recently benefited from the addition of a 1,600 m chute and is undergoing several redevelopments, including stables and additional facilities.
With its commitment to achieve Part II status in the IFHA Country Rankings, the JCSA has implemented a new racing schedule in Taif for the 2021 season. This has led to the addition of more categories of race – allowing trainers to prepare horses for Riyadh’s season, which begins October 6 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse, home of the $ 20 million Saudi Cup.
“We are all looking forward to the first edition of the King Faisal Cup for Arabian Thoroughbreds on Friday,” said Salem Binmafhooz, Director of Racing at JCSA. “We had a preparation race two weekends ago, which was won with flying colors by Nabil Al Khalediah II, owned by Haddy Hamad Al-Marzoq, for coach Hamad Al-Rasheed.”
“This race, along with other additions to the summer racing calendar, are designed to complement Riyadh’s season, allowing trainers to run more races in different categories of horses that might not have as many opportunities. in the capital, ”he said.
“We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve sport in the Kingdom and we are very lucky that in Saudi Arabia we can run all year round thanks to the climate of our northern regions.”