And since the main race of the Saudi Cup in its first edition was classified as the best race course on a sandy track in the world in kind at the level of the horses that participated in it, but this year’s list of nominated horses may have a higher rating rate than their counterparts participating in the past year, which allows to expect stronger competitions For this version that all racing fans around the world are looking forward to, as all of the above is consistent with the aspirations of the “horse racing club” to raise the level of racing and move from the third part to the first part of the International Horse Racing Federation classification.
It was decided to significantly expand the number of participants in the race, which will be held over two days in King Abdul Aziz Square in Riyadh on February 19 and 20, 2021 AD, and to increase the prizes and add a new race to increase the number of horses attracted to compete in the races compared to last year.
And everyone is looking forward to the most expensive horse racing in the world, the “Saudi Cup 2021”, whose prize value is 20 million dollars. The race at a distance of 1,800 meters attracts the best and most famous horses, such as the distinguished mare “Swiss Skydiver” from the United States of America, owned by “Kenny Kack Beck”, which won. In the “Breckens” race, as well as the horse “Knicks Go” from America who won the “Braders Cup Mile 2020” and the horse “Charlatan” from America who won the “Malibu Stakes” – the first category -.
It is possible that more than 100 horses representing nine countries will participate, in addition to the 17 winners of the first category races, and all of them will run on sand and grass tracks.
Among the expected participants is the horse “Musharraf” from Britain, who won second place in the Saudi Derby race last year, as well as the horse “Choa Wizard” from Japan, who recently won the award for the best horse in terms of performance on the sandy track for the year 2020, especially as it has qualified in the Saudi Cup races. When he won the Champions Cup last month.
The list this year saw the horse “New York Central”, which is receiving its training locally and the winner of the sand course for the year 2020, and many of those who follow the races are looking forward to the joining of the local horse “Buddy” to the list of participants and its trainer, Shalah Al-Odayani. the local.
The Saudi race, whose prizes are valued at $ 1.5 million, also attracts a group of revered horses, such as “Jackie’s Warrior” from America who won several first-class races and who won fourth place in the recent “Breeders Juvenile Cup” race, as well as the horse “Hot Rod”. Charlie ”from America to trainer Doug O’Neill, the horse“ Tiger Tanaka ”from France, and the winner of the“ Brie Marcel Bossack Category One ”race.
The list of horses expected to participate in the cup within the grass course for medium distances includes a distance of 2100 meters, whose prizes are worth one million US dollars. The horse «Channel Maker» from America for trainer Bill Matt, who is the winner of the first category races four times, as is the case of the horses «Dubai Warrior» And “Extra Elusive” and “Singarius”, all from Britain. The horse “Port Lions”, who was trained in Bahrain by coach “Fawzi Nass”, is betting on winning the race for the second year in a row.
The “Channel Maker” horse may also participate in the Handicap Race for the long distance grass track “more than 3000 meters”, which has a prize of $ 2.5 million, where 70 horses from all over the world are scheduled to participate in the race, possibly including “Cool the Wind.” From France, Prince Au Aran, who participated in many international races, and Berkshire Rocco from Britain, who won second place in the “Saint Leger” race.
The horse Oxted from Britain, who won the First Category Cup for July, and who is being trained by Roger Till from Britain, is expected to participate in the 1,200-meter sand track with a prize of $ 1.5 million, in addition to the 1351-meter grass track race, whose prizes are one million dollars. It is possible that the horse “Oxtd” will face the riders coming from Britain, “Space Blues” owned by the stables “God-Dolphin” and “Olixander” owned by Neil Dreisdale and the winner of the “Jaipur Stakes Category 1” race, provided that participation in the grassy track “Dark Power” From Bahrain, who won last year’s race under the supervision of coach “Alan Smith”.
It is possible that the Japanese horse “Justin”, who qualified for the sand track race, will participate when he won the “Capella Stakes Class 3” race last month. While it is expected that the horse “Messi”, winner of the first category races under the supervision of trainer “Timo Kerzmikers” in Belgium, and the horse who won last year, “students of Khalidiya”, who is receiving training locally by coach Mutlaq bin Musharraf, is expected to participate in the purebred horse race “Abaya Classic” On a 2,000-meter track and a prize of $ 2 million.
This year’s race, which will start on Friday, February 19, 2021, is witnessing the addition of a new race, the “Saudi International Handicap”, whose prize value is 500 thousand dollars and is designed specifically for trained horses in the countries classified under the second and third sections by the International Federation of Horse Racing IFHA. From nine different countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic and Greece.
The race is part of the Friday races, where cavalry from around the world will compete for the “International Cavalry Challenge” championship, which was won last year by the knight, “Sybil Vogt”, returning this year to defend her title, as she will face many of the best horsemen in the world, with the participation of the highest two horsemen from the racing club The horse.
The Director of International Strategies and Racing at the Horse Racing Club, “Tom Ryan”, expressed his enthusiasm for the participation of high-quality horses in this year’s events, and there are remarkable developments at all levels, stressing the magnificence of the “Saudi Cup” thanks to the exciting participations from America, Japan, Europe and the Middle East. .