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Saudi Arabia promoted to Part II racing country by International Federation of Equestrian Authorities
RIYAD: Saudi Arabia has been promoted from a Part III to Part II racing country in the International Cataloging Standards Book by the International Advisory Committee on Race Classification and Planning.
At the Executive Council meeting of the International Federation of Equestrian Authorities in Paris on Monday, it was also agreed that six races in the Kingdom would be promoted to international group status in Part 1 (under the other races section).
The Saudi Cup, won this year by Mishriff, does not become a Group 1 until its third year, while the five races of the Saudi Cup undercard reach Group 3 status.
The Obaiya Arabian Classic, a competition for Arabian thoroughbreds, has been promoted to roster status ahead of the 2021 Saudi Cup by the International Federation of Arab Horse Racing.
Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, highlighted the importance of this milestone in the country’s horse racing history.
He said: âSaudi Arabia’s advancement as a racing nation from Part III on the IFHA roster to Part II is a pivotal moment in our racing history and the midpoint of our ambition to become a Part I racing jurisdiction.
âWe know that we could not have made this significant breakthrough without the support of world races, and we hope to be able to repay that confidence by continuing to develop our international offering while improving our domestic industry.
âThis is also the first season that the Saudi Cup will take place as a Group 1, while the undercard races on Saudi Cup day will take place as Group 3 competitions, with the Obaiya Arabian Classic remaining at listed status. .
“This exciting news means that the Saudi Cup is Saudi Arabia’s premier international group, and we are very proud of this major milestone in our history,” added the prince.
Organized by the Saudi Jockey Club and taking place at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, the Saudi Cup is a two-day international racing festival including the $ 20 million Saudi Cup. the most important race in the world.
Established in 2020 with the third renewal to take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022, the Saudi Cup Day Pass carries a total purse of $ 30.5 million and features dirt and turf races for the highest caliber of horses. racing in the world.
A full race card the previous Friday will include an International Jockeys Challenge which will see seven female and seven male jockeys compete as individuals, as well as the Saudi International Handicap of $ 500,000 for horses trained in racing countries registered by the ‘IFHA, part II and part III. .