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THE SAUDI CUP RACES

THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE HORSE RACE

The Saudi Cup: What? Where? When?

A race for thoroughbreds aged four and up, to be run at weight-for-age terms over 1800m (9f), worth US$20m with a prize of US$10m to the winner. On the one-turn dirt oval at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

THE SAUDI CUP

1800m (9f) on dirt
Total race value: $20,000,000

  • $10,000,000 to the winning horse.
  • The second to receive $3,500,000, the third $2,000,000, the fourth $1,500,000, the fifth $1,000,000, the sixth $600,000, the seventh $500,000, the eighth $400,000, the ninth $300,000, the tenth $200,000.
  • Open to Northern Hemisphere four-year-olds and upwards and Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds and upwards.
  • Entries close on Tuesday 5th January.
  • Free to enter and free to run.
  • Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $200,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.
  • Weights: Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere four-year-olds and upwards: 57kg / 126lb. Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds: 53.5kg / 118lb. Fillies and mares allowed 2kg / 4lb.
  • Maximum field size: 14 runners.
  • Lasix and Bute will not be allowed in the Saudi Cup

Race Conditions

King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
To close on Tuesday January 5, 2021 – free nominations.
Once entered, horses will be invited, and no fees will be payable.
These races will be limited to 14 starters.
Lasix and Bute will not be allowed in these races. No horse will be permitted to race on both Friday and Saturday.
For further information and to make international entries please contact the International Racing Bureau.

THE UNDERCARD

THE SAUDI INTERNATIONAL HANDICAP

Friday February 19, 2021

2100 metres / 10 & ½ furlongs – Turf

Total Race Value: $500,000

Distributed as follows:

$300,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $100,000, the third $50,000, the fourth $25,000, the fifth $15,000, the sixth $10,000.

A handicap open to NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Horses must be trained in an International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) member country which is not included in the IFHA International Cataloguing Standards Part 1 Nations, subject to required quarantine protocols being in place. International horses must have had at least one run in their trainer’s country prior to entry. Locally trained horses in Saudi Arabia must have had a least one run in KSA by February 1, 2021.

The JCSA reserve the right to invite a representative field of horses from a variety of countries.

The minimum rating at time of entry (January 5, 2021) must exceed 85 and the maximum rating can be no higher than 110. Horses must have a published rating in the country of training to qualify for entry. However, the JCSA handicapper will determine the final weight to be carried.

Ratings for entry will be taken at time of closing on Tuesday January 5, 2021. The handicap will be published on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Horses who win a race subsequent to the publication of the handicap on or after January 13, 2021, will be subject to a penalty of 2kgs.

The top weight to be no higher than 62kgs and the bottom weight no lower than 54kgs. In the case of the invited top weight horses being withdrawn before declaration the top weight will rise to 62kg and all other weights will rise accordingly.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

THE SAUDI CUP

Saturday February 20, 2021

1800 metres / 9 furlongs - Dirt

Total Race Value: $20,000,000

Distributed as follows:

$10,000,000 to the winning horse. The second to receive $3,500,000, the third $2,000,000, the fourth $1,500,000, the fifth $1,000,000, the sixth $600,000, the seventh $500,000, the eighth $400,000, the ninth $300,000, the tenth $200,000.

Open to NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Weights:

  • NH bred and SH bred 4yos & up 57kgs / 126lb
  • SH bred 3yos & up 53.5kgs / 118lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4lb
There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

The horse who finishes 1st in the Pegasus World Cup will secure an invitation for the Saudi Cup even if not previously entered.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $200,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

In order to enter, internationally trained horses must either have:
A domestic rating of 110 or above (106 for fillies and mares)
OR
Finished in the first four in an IFHA Part 1 Country Group 1 or 2 race.

THE LONG DISTANCE TURF HANDICAP

3000 metres / 1 mile 7 furlongs - Turf

Total Race Value: $2,500,000

Distributed as follows:
$1,500,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $500,000, the third $250,000, the fourth $125,000, the fifth $75,000, the sixth $50,000.

A handicap for NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Ratings will be taken at time of closing on Tuesday January 5, 2021. The handicap will be published on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Horses who win a race subsequent to the publication of the handicap on or after January 13, 2021, will be subject to a penalty of 2kgs.

The top weight to be no higher than 62kgs and the bottom weight no lower than 54kgs. In the case of the invited top weight horses being withdrawn before declaration the top weight will rise to 62kg and all other weights will rise accordingly.

There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses even if not high enough on the ratings scale to be guaranteed a run. Both horses must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

In order to enter, internationally trained horses must either have:
A domestic rating of 100 or above (96 for fillies and mares)
OR
Finished in the first four in an IFHA Part 1 Country Group 1, 2 or 3 race.

THE OBAIYA ARABIAN CLASSIC

2000 metres / 1 mile 2 furlongs - Dirt

Total Race Value: $2,000,000

Distributed as follows:

1,200,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $400,000, the third $200,000, the fourth $100,000, the fifth $60,000, the sixth $40,000.

Open to NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Weights:

  • NH & SH bred 4yos & up 57kgs / 126lb
  • SH bred 3yos 53.5kgs / 118lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4lb
There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $20,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

THE SAUDI DERBY

1600 metres / One mile - Dirt

Total Race Value: $1,500,000

Distributed as follows:

$900,000 to the winning horse. The second to receive $300,000, the third $150,000, the fourth $75,000, the fifth $45,000, the sixth $30,000.

Open to NH bred and SH bred 3yos only.

Weights:

  • NH bred 3yos 55kgs / 121lb
  • SH bred 3yos 59.5kgs / 131lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4lb
Should no SH Bred 3yo declare to run the weights will be adjusted to 57kgs / 126lb

There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $15,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

THE RIYADH DIRT SPRINT

1200 metres / 6 furlongs - Dirt

Total Race Value:$1,500,000

Distributed as follows:

$900,000 to the winning horse. The second to receive $300,000, the third $150,000, the fourth $75,000, the fifth $45,000, the sixth $30,000.

Open to NH bred and SH bred 3yos & up.

Weights:

  • NH & SH bred 4yos & up 59.5 kgs/ 131lb
  • NH bred 3yos 52kgs / 115lb
  • SH bred 3yos 58kgs / 128lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4 lb
If no NH bred 3yo is declared to run, the weights will be adjusted to:
SH bred 3yos 55.5k / 123lb, SH & NH bred 4yos & up 57k (126lb)

There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $15,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

In order to enter, internationally trained horses must either have:
A domestic rating of 95 or above (91 for fillies and mares)
OR
Finished in the first four in an IFHA Part 1 Country Group 1, 2, 3 or listed race.

THE 1351 TURF SPRINT

1351 metres / 6 and ¾ furlongs - Turf

Total Race Value: $1,000,000

Distributed as follows:
$600,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $200,000, the third $100,000, the fourth $50,000, the fifth $30,000, the sixth $20,000.

Open to NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Weights:

  • NH & SH bred 4yos & up 57kgs / 126lb
  • SH bred 3yos 54.5kgs / 120lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4lb
There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $10,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

In order to enter, internationally trained horses must either have:
A domestic rating of 100 or above (96 for fillies and mares)
OR
Finished in the first four in an IFHA Part 1 Country Group 1, 2 or 3 race.

THE MIDDLE DISTANCE TURF CUP

2100 metres / 10 & ½ furlongs - Turf

Total Race Value: $1,000,000

Distributed as follows:
$600,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $200,000, the third $100,000, the fourth $50,000, the fifth $30,000, the sixth $20,000.

Open to NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up.

Weights:

  • NH & SH bred 4yos & up 57 kgs / 126lb
  • SH bred 3yos 53kgs / 117lb
  • Fillies and Mares allowed 2 kgs / 4lb
There will be two spaces reserved for locally trained horses, both of which must have had at least one run in KSA prior to February 1, 2021.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $10,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 9, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

In order to enter, internationally trained horses must either have:
A domestic rating of 100 or above (96 for fillies and mares)
OR
Finished in the first four in an IFHA Part 1 Country Group 1, 2 or 3 race.

THE JOCKEY CLUB LOCAL HANDICAP

1800 metres / 1 mile 1 furlong - Dirt

Total Race Value: $1,000,000

Distributed as follows:
$600,000 to the winning horse. The second horse to receive $200,000, the third $100,000, the fourth $50,000, the fifth $30,000, the sixth $20,000.

A handicap for NH bred 4yos & up and SH bred 3yos & up (Open to both imported and Saudi-bred horses, trained in KSA only). All horses must have run in KSA at least once prior to February 1, 2021.

The top weight to be no higher than 62kgs and the bottom weight no lower than 54kgs. In the case of the invited top weight horses being withdrawn before declaration the top weight will rise to 62kg and all other weights will rise accordingly.

Enter by Tuesday January 5, 2021.

Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

The handicap will be published on Wednesday February 3, 2021.

All races: free to enter and free to run.
Shipment of invited horses will be arranged and paid for by the Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia, which will also pay for stables, fodder, veterinary fees and farrier, and arrange and pay for flights and accommodation of connections.

More information

Tom Ryan

Director of Strategy and International Racing for the Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia.
tryan@thesaudicup.com.sa
+353 (0)87 242 3051
Adrian Beaumont

International Racing Bureau
adrian@irbracing.com
saudicup@irbracing.com
+44 (0)1638 668881 Or +44 (0)7808 903158
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