Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – The stage has been set for the second edition of the Saudi Cup, the richest equestrian event in the world with a prize of $ 20 million, which will be held on Saturday at King Abdulaziz Square, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
You will encounter a group of 14 runners from the US, UK, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Japan over 1,800 meters in the sand.
Among the contenders is the participation of Nex Go, the last World Cup winner in Pegasus, which will be led by prominent Dominican contestant Joel Rosario. Also the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last November, is one of the favorites at this event.
Another one that appears among the most important is also the American Antichrist. Coaching famous trainer Bob Buffett, he will lead Mike Smith in search of positioning himself as one of the best kids of four this year.
Also for the United States, Tacitus was present, who would take Puerto Rican John Velasquez as a contestant on his first active experience at the Saudi Arabia Cup. The horse trained by Bill Mott finished fourth in the Breeders’ Classic Cup last November, where it was fourth.
Ibn Tabit is participating for the second year in this event. Last year, it came in fifth place in the test won by Maximum Security.
Another representative from the United States is Sleepy Eyes Todd, who was trained by Mexican Miguel Angel Silva. The son of Paddy’s lover Oprado finished fourth to nine lengths from Nex Joe at the Pegasus World Cup.
Also for the United States, Max Player, from Steven Asmussen’s stable, who has just finished fifth in both the Kentucky Derby and the Breaknes Stakes, will feature their final two engagements.
On Wednesday, the draw for the first places in the Saudi Cup was held, as it was formed as follows in order from first to seventh, including the country: Chuwa Wizard (Japan), Bangkok (United Kingdom), Great Scot (Arabia), Max Player ( United States), Knicks Go (US), Global Giant (UK), and Tacitus (US).
From eighth to fourteenth place they will start in the following order: Sleepy Eyes Todd (US), Charlatan (US), Military Law (UAE), Semser (Bahrain), Mishrif (UK), Derivo (UK)) and Extra elusive (UK).
The Saudi Cup will be the main event in the weekend, consisting of 16 races on the aforementioned racing circuit, which begins on Friday with eight events, including “Jockey Challenge”, with the participation of seven jockeys and seven jockeys from different countries.
Among them is Brazilian Jorge Ricardo, the world’s biggest race winner with more than 13,000.
Participants in the Joker and their countries are Jessica Marciales (Italy), Neves Garcia (Spain), Nanako Fujita (Japan), Holly Doyle (United Kingdom), Malin Holmberg (Sweden), Maria Logan Askonega (Argentina) and Sybil Vogt (Switzerland).
In addition to Ricardo, the remaining riders participating in this competition will be John Velasquez (Puerto Rico), William Buick (United Kingdom), Gabberto Ramos (Panama), Christian Demuro (Italy), Shane Foley (Ireland) and Adel Alfredi. (Arabian island).
The value of the contest is $ 100,000 distributed to all participating contestants at a rate of $ 30,000 for the winner, $ 20,000 for the second winner, $ 10,000 for the third, $ 5,000 for the fourth and $ 3,500 each of those finishing positions from five to 14.
There will be four prize races of 400,000 dollars each. According to the arrival order of each race, 15 points will be awarded to the winning jockey, 10 points for the second, seven for the third, four points for the fourth, and two points to the fifth.
At the completion of the four races, the first four contestants with the most points accumulated will be the ones who will receive the most amount distributed from the competition prize according to the position in which they finish.