Race closed for entries – January 7th, 2020


The Saudi Cup closed for entries on TUESDAY, 7th JANUARY, 2020. There was no entry fee.

The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) reserves the right to refuse the entry of any horse, in JCSA’s sole discretion, for any reason, including, but not limited to, situations where any connection (e.g., owner, trainer, jockey) of such horse has engaged or may have engaged in conduct, or become the subject of a regulatory or law enforcement inquiry or action alleging conduct that is unlawful, unethical or which may otherwise compromise the integrity of the Saudi Cup Meeting.


The supplementary fee (for those horses not already nominated) to be made by TUESDAY 18th FEBRUARY, at a cost of 1% of the total purse of the relevant race.

Supplementary fees will only be charged for horses which are subsequently invited.

Supplementary fees are non-refundable for invited horses except in the event of sickness or disability certified by an official track veterinarian acceptable to JCSA.


ADRIAN BEAUMONT – Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and GCC Countries
Tel: +441638 668881 | Mob: +447808 903158

Tel: +33 9 61 33 63 81 | Mob: +33 6 07 76 32 34

Tel: +49 89 3303 8098 | Mob: +49 160 9674 7958

Mob: +39 (0331) 91 31 78

Mob: +81 90 3427 1753

Mob: +1 (626) 355 9750

NICK ESLER – USA East Coast, Mid-West and Canada
Mob: +1 (561) 634-1306

WALEED AL SHELIL – Local Entries
Director of Racing Department, Riyadh


(For races that over subscribe)

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the international races on February 29.

The runners will be by invitation only.

The JCSA Racing Consultant and Handicapper (PhilSmith) will assign a rating to each horse that is entered or supplemented for these races. These ratings will form the basis for the selection procedure, although the Selection Panel (which will meet in early January) will consider all relevant factors.

There will be two spaces reserved for local horses. One will be for the locally trained winner of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup over 2000m on Saturday February 8th, 2020, the second space will be for a locally trained horse to be decided by the JCSA selection panel.

In the handicap races the selection process will be high weights preferred as long as the Selection Panel believes the horses are suitable to be running over those distances. Two slots will be reserved for Saudi trained horses in the 3000-meter handicap even if not high enough on the ratings scale to be guaranteed a run.

The JCSA reserves the right and has the sole authority to decide on the number of runners in the race, after careful consideration of any entry’s overall standing and potential to perform adequately in the race. Consequently, no entry, whether local or international, is guaranteed selection even if fewer than the maximum 14 starters are selected.

The Selection Panel have the sole authority and discretion in determining the line-up of the races and the decision of the Selection Panel shall be final.

JCSA reserve the right to have up to two reserves at the time of declaration. These reserves can draw into the race up to scratch time (8am on race day).












King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saturday 29th February, 2020

To close on Tuesday 7th January, 2020 – 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. Further medication information available below.

For further information and to make entries please contact the International Racing Bureau.



(The Outer Track)
1 1200 m
2 1600 m
3 1800 m
4 2000 m


(The Inner Track)
1 1351 m
2 2100 m
3 3000 m


Course characteristics

Left-handed, it’s a fair galloping track with long sweeping bends. This ensures the King Abdulaziz Racetrack is an extremely fair track in which horses can win from both the front and the back. There is minimal kickback.

‘It’s based on Belmont, a one-turn mile-and-a quarter. Of all the dirt tracks I’ve ridden, it’s the one I like best. The big difference is there’s not much kickback. It gives closers a better chance and, in general, I ride with only one pair of goggles.

I’ve ridden several grass horses on it, and they adapted really well. It’s a wonderful track, a proper track.’ Frankie Dettori

‘It’s one of the best dirt tracks in the world. A wonderful track and I know that the American jockeys like it very much because it really suits the American horses… It has a long straight, about 400 metres, and there is not much kickback.’ Olivier Peslier




Weather in February is generally very pleasant with temperatures in the mid 20’s C (70F).
Evening = 11C (52F)
There is minimal to no rainfall in the average February in Riyadh.


The JCSA will assist with all visa considerations following the issuing of invitations.


The JCSA will provide air tickets to Riyadh.
For the connections of overseas horses participating in The Saudi Cup Meeting. Return business class air tickets on a carrier designated by the JCSA will be sent to the following connections:
i) Registered owner, up to 2 tickets
ii) Trainer, up to 2 tickets
iii) Jockey, one ticket

Only the above connections are eligible for travel concessions and the following restrictions apply:
i) In the event a connection fulfils more than one role (i.e. owner/trainer), a maximum of two concessions will be granted – one for the connection and one for his/her spouse/partner. No additional concessions will be reallocated.
ii) Owners, trainers or jockeys currently residing in Riyadh, KSA are not eligible for travel subsidies.
iii) In the event that trainers or jockeys have more than one horse participating at The Saudi Cup Meeting, only one set of concessions will be granted. No additional concessions will be reallocated.
iv) In the event a syndicate or group of owners has more than one horse participating at The Saudi Cup Meeting, a nominated owner per horse will receive a maximum of two concessions – one for the owner and one for his/her spouse/partner.
v) To guarantee flight availability, Owners, Trainers and Jockeys need to confirm their travel schedules to the JCSA as early as possible and preferably at least two weeks before the race day.
vi) Connections who purchase their own tickets must seek prior approval of the JCSA. They may be reimbursed the amount equivalent to the JCSA’s official travel agent’s rate for business class travel, or the actual cost of their own tickets, which ever is the lower and whenever necessary.

Assistant Trainers, Head Lads, Exercise Riders & Grooms
A maximum of two persons per horse can travel at the JCSA’s expense. If either person is unable to travel with the horse due to seat unavailability, the JCSA will provide economy class air tickets, at its discretion.


Hotel Accommodation, room only basis, will be provided at the official hotel. One room for a maximum of two persons will be provided to each of the following connections:
i) Registered owner, 5 nights
ii) Trainer, 5 nights
iii) Jockey, 4 nights
iv) Owners, trainers or jockeys residing in the KSA are not eligible for the hotel accommodation subsidies.

Only the above accommodation concessions will be granted, and the following restrictions apply:
i) Owners, trainers and jockeys wishing to be accommodated for a longer period than the number of nights listed above will cover the cost of any additional nights and associated expenses themselves.
ii) Please note concessions are not transferable. Connections wishing to stay at hotels other than the official hotel will have to cover the cost and associated expenses.

Assistant Trainers, Head Lads, Exercise Riders & Grooms
i) A maximum of two persons per horse will be provided accommodation. A pre-determined daily allowance, to cover in house expenses such as food and beverage, transport, telephone and internet as well as laundry will also be provided.
ii) Any extension of stay will not be covered by the JCSA. Any stay at a hotel other than the JCSA’s selected hotels will be on each individual’s own account.
Further information on hotels will be issued via relevant JCSA representatives following the issuing of invites for connections. Information for Press will be available by December 1st.


The following transport services will be arranged by the JCSA:

Owners, Trainers & Jockeys
i) King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh and the Official Hotel.
ii) Transport between the official hotels and King Abdulaziz racecourse for morning track work and the Saudi Cup Meeting.
iii) Transport between the official hotels and the venues of official functions.

Assistant Trainers, Head Lads, Exercise Riders & Grooms
i) Airport transfer for those travelling with the horse only; taxi in form of reimbursement to those making their own arrangements.
ii) Transport to the venues for official functions.


Shipment of invited horses will be arranged and paid for by the JCSA. In addition, costs for stables, fodder, and farrier will also be covered.


Europe & Middle/FarEast
James MacEwan

Lucy Greayer
Mobile: +447786023375

USA and Canada
Chris Santarelli
Phone: +1 917561 2890

Quarantine Manager
Feargal Cooper


Conditions for the importation into the KSA of horses to compete at the 2020 Saudi Cup International Races and return to their country of origin:

Horses from all countries will be required to meet, as a minimum, the KSA temporary import conditions* appropriate to the country of origin. See Conditions below.

In addition, horses from North and South America will have to be vaccinated or blood tested for EEE/WEE in order to meet European Union transit conditions.
Whilst in the KSA, Saudi Cup International Race horses will be stabled in Regional Groups, in designated Isolation Stables, separately from local horses. Access will be restricted.

Horses will be isolated, disease tested, vaccinated and treated as necessary to allow them to return to the country of origin or to any other nominated country to which the connections wish to send them. See also Conditions, regarding return conditions.

All horses are required to be in KSA by the time of the post-position draw on Wednesday 26th February.


Note: After arrival in the KSA, horses will be restricted to the allocated compound at the quarantine facility for 48 hours, post arrival, if they have travelled more than six hours stable door to stable door. If a horse has travelled less than six hours, they will be confined to the barn area for 12 hours. They will not be allowed access to the training tracks during this time. These rules are intended to reduce the risk of respiratory disease developing in the horses and possibly spreading to earlier arrivals. Each compound has a walking area.

*Import Conditions applicable to all horses
1 No pre-export isolation is required.
2 All horses will require certain blood tests (negative) within 30 days of export to meet the KSA Import conditions. This may vary from country of export.
3 All horses must have received, during the 90 days immediately prior to export but not within 14 days:
• Either, two primary vaccinations against Equine Influenza, between 21 and 42 days apart with the same vaccine.
• a booster vaccination against equine influenza which was given within 12 months of a certified primary course, or within 12 months of a certified booster vaccination where it and any previous booster vaccinations, had been administered annually within a regular 12-month period since the primary course. All vaccinations need to be certified.

For KSA import purposes a primary course of vaccinations will be considered to consist of at least 2 doses of the same vaccine and original certification showing all relevant vaccinations must travel with the horse.


American horses must be vaccinated, or blood tested, for EEE/WEE in order to meet European Union transit requirements – details can be obtained from the relevant USA/Canadian veterinary authorities.

Note: horses must not be vaccinated against Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis within 6 months prior to export. Discuss this with your veterinarian as some EEE/WEE vaccines have a VEE component.


Please note; the conditions below are for horses returning directly to the country of origin (the country from which they were exported to KSA). Horses returning to a country other than the country of origin may have to meet different conditions. The official shipping agents will be able to advise on this.

All horses -Insecticide treatment
In order to meet most countries return conditions and KSA temporary import protocols all horses must be treated with an approved insecticide/repellant every time they leave the stables for training. The products approved for use in the KSA contain pyrethroids and have been used for several years without problem. If trainers know of any problems related to the use of such products on their horses, they should advise JCSA prior to horses being shipped so alternative products can be considered and obtained.
i) American horses that remain in KSA for less than 60 days may return to the USA immediately after their last race but are required to complete seven days USDA post import quarantine.They may also have to be blood tested in order to meet EU transit requirements.
ii) EU horses that remain in KSA for less than 30 days may return to the EU immediately after their last race, without additional quarantine or testing.
If the horse is not returning directly to your home country after the race, please discuss with the appointed shipping agent on the various logistics and certification required.


There are 10 barns of six boxes each in the Isolation Stable area with a minimum of 50 meters between each barn. Horse contact areas are double fenced with a five-meter separation between the fences.

Each barn is a separate unit that is separated from the other barns by mesh fencing with signs indicating that this is a restricted area.

The Isolation barn is completely enclosed with vector screening to prevent insects from entering the barn. This reduces the chance of a disease spreading to the horses and provides a comfortable environment for the horses.

Each box within the isolation barn measures approximately 3.6 metres by 3.6 meters. The floor has a nonslip rubberized surface with an open area protected by vector screening over the breezeway to allow plenty of light and air into the barns. Each barn has a large central breezeway, approximately 4 meters wide, to allow multiple horses to enter and leave the barn at the same time and also with a very high ceiling to produce a large volume barn. The large volume reduces the chance of diseases spreading by the respiratory route from one horse to another.

Each separate barn is linked by a sand track to a light work track. The entire isolation complex is approximately 400 meters (1/4 mile) from the main track.

Horses will be permitted to train on the main track, both dirt and turf, at training times organized according to the regional group to which the horse belongs.

Apart from the time of racing, all horses will be kept separated in the regional groups.


1. Only accredited visiting international stable personnel and essential JCSA employees will be allowed access to the isolation facility. No children under 12 years old are permitted without permission.
2. No animals, other than quarantine horses, may be brought into the facility.
3. No media (private photography of own horses and personnel allowed).
4. A maximum of 2 registered owners per trainer permitted during visiting hours of 6.00 to 10.30am and 4 to 5.30pm. All owners must be accompanied by a trainer or representative at all times. The JCSA reserves the right to refuse admission or expel from the premises any person.
5. Only the trainer or in their absence, representative, and grooms will be permitted access to horses in quarantine for the first 48 hours after arrival.
6. All visitors (not including trainers/grooms) must wear protective clothing provided, wash hands before and after entry to the barn and sign the visitors record forms. Trainers and Grooms will not have access to barns where they do not have horses.
7. Only official accredited vehicles allowed in isolation area.
8. Only medications and treatments issued and/or approved by JCSA Equine Hospital (REH) are permitted. Only REH or REH approved vets and therapists allowed to treat horses. REH vets will be prepared to liaise and work with home vets when required.
9. Vector screens must be closed at all times and only opened for the entry/exit of horses.
10. It is the trainers/representative’s responsibility to ensure all horses exercising outside the barns are wiped down with the insect repellent provided in each barn prior to exiting the barns. Where required the daily treatment must be recorded and signed.
11. During exercise periods instructions of track marshals must be obeyed and a minimum 50 meters separation maintained between groups of horses. Failure to do so may result in a revision of export requirements and an extended quarantine period.
12. Safety vests and skull caps to be worn at all times when mounted in the Isolation Facility. Horses and personnel must enter and leave the Isolation facilities through approved gateways.
14. Any suspected contagious or infectious disease of people or horses must be reported immediately to isolation management.
15. No smoking is permitted in the barns. Alcohol is not permitted in KSA.
16. All persons attending horses in the facility are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the JCSA.
17. The trainer or representative must monitor and record their horse’s temperature daily and ideally in both the morning and the afternoon.


All shipping arrangements will be co-ordinated through Luck Greayer Bloodstock Shipping Ltd and their appointed shipping agents.

For the horses invited to run on Saudi Cup night, The JCSA will pay or provide for:
The following expenses for overseas horses, for the duration of their stay in KSA prior to and including the running of all races on the SaudiCup programme:
a) Feed, fodder, bedding, water (bottled) and basic horse care products.
b) Shoeing (non-therapeutic).

Please note that horses travelling from GCC countries will receive a travel allowance based on the current commercial rate as determined by the SaudiCup.
All horses will share a pallet, where possible, providing each horse with a stall and a half.

Horses from the same region will, as far as possible, travel on the same flights.

The JCSA will arrange and cover the normal costs of return transport by road from the home stable to departure airport and return air transportation to country of origin. The subsidy terminates on landing if they travel onto another race.

Any change from the transport arrangement suggested by The JCSA which incurs additional cost will be at the owner’s expense.

The JCSA and its transport agents will not be liable for any death of injury, illness to any invited horses during transportation to and from the KSA or while in the KSA.

The JCSA or its agents, will not be responsible for horse insurance.

Connections (including jockeys and grooms) should also have their own insurance arrangements.

The JCSA will not provide any local horse to serve as a companion horse.


You will need to bring your feed and approved supplements with the horses for the period you are in the KSA. You will need to submit seven full working days prior to your departure:
• Completed list of the feed with full description name of manufacture.
• Completed list of ingredients – amount (weight) – number of pieces.
• Completed detailed itemized packing list of all equipment you will bring.

Equipment will be limited to 150 Kgs per horse. When tack and equipment cannot be accommodated on the pallet, all additional goods must fit into a LD3 container.

NO Prohibited substances – alcohol – medicine or veterinary products.

All horses must travel with their passport and any other official identification papers, which must be available for inspection and collection by the veterinary authorities upon their arrival at the isolation barns. These documents will be endorsed and returned prior to the horses’ departure from KSA.


RULES REGARDING SAUDI CUP RACE MEETING (Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February

IMPORTANT: Where a discrepancy or omission may exist between The Horseman’s Information Guide and The JCSA Racing Rules, the rules and regulations stipulated within the Horseman’s Guide will take precedence for the purposes of the Saudi Cup Race meetings on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020.


All trainers must complete medication declaration forms MDF1 (A & B) and the Veterinary Information document (provided) for invited horses prior to shipping. There is a continuation form MDF 2 which will need to be completed for any further treatments given to the horse after completion of MDF 1 and upon arrival into the quarantine barn. IF NO MEDICATIONS HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED A NIL RETURN IS STILL REQUIRED FOR BOTH FORMS.


Any of the following long acting medications administered within six (6) months prior to departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are to be recorded on MDF1A: bisphosphonates, including “Tildren”, corticosteroids, hormones, procaine penicillin and any other depot preparations and implants. The trade name, generic drug name, dose, route of administration and last date of administration must be recorded on the form. A nil return is required if no long-acting medications have been administered.


All other medications should be noted on MDF1B when administered within four weeks (28 days) of the horse departing for the KSA, even if the medication is not considered to be a prohibited substance in your home country. A nil return is required if no medication has been administered.


1. The Pre-Travel Veterinary History Declaration

The veterinary history declaration must:
• Disclose all relevant recent veterinary history including routine and ongoing medications;
• Disclose previous episodes of the appearance of blood at both nostrils;
• Disclose previous episodes of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation;
• Provide details of previous surgeries performed including but not limited to orthopaedic fracture repair and upper respiratory tract surgeries; and
• If appropriate, provide diagnostic images to document known pre-existing conditions and abnormalities.
• Confirm that the influenza vaccination is compliant with the requirements for the Saudi Cup races and travel requirements.

2. The Veterinary Inspection (TREATING VET)

This is to be completed between 5 and 10 days prior to departure by the regular treating veterinarian. This is to be recorded on the veterinary information certificate provided and returned to Emer Fallon. The report is to include assessment of:
• General health and freedom from evidence of infectious or contagious diseases
• Palpation of the musculoskeletal system.
• An examination in hand including a trot-up on a firm level surface.
• A video recording of the trot up both away from and towards the camera on a loose rein examined on a firm and level surface. This is to be forward to the veterinary team via WhatsApp or email using these contact details. +966503155044 or

3. The Veterinary Inspection (APPOINTED VET)

All invited horses will also be subject to a pre-travel veterinary inspection by a JCSA approved veterinary surgeon before its departure to the KSA, irrespective of the country in which the horse is located at the time. Every effort will be made to complete this inspection within the 5-day window prior to departure. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the horse is not suffering from any apparent problems, which could possibly:
• Jeopardise its chances of competing in its race
• Have an adverse effect on its performance in its race
• Cause it to finish lame or suffer an injury during the race
• Adversely affect its health during travel
The inspection, as a minimum, requires the horse to be trotted in-hand on a firm flat surface and to undergo palpation of its locomotor structures, and include an inspection of its feet and the manner in which it is shod.

4. The Veterinary Inspection (IN RIYADH)

All horses competing in the Saudi Cup race meeting (Saturday 29 th Feb 2020) to include the horses running in the International Jockeys Challenge races (Friday 28 th Feb 2020) will be subject to veterinary inspections prior to their race by a JCSA appointed veterinarian. The examination will include an trot up in hand on a firm level surface as well as an examination under tack at the trot. Further examination procedures may be performed to help assess the musculoskeletal system to quantify potential risk. Connections of all horses are obliged to cooperate with this process. The club reserves the right to refuse any horse to run if it is deemed a risk to itself, other horses in the field, riders or the public.


Horses competing on Saudi Cup day (Saturday 29 th February 2020) and in the International Jockeys Challenge races (Friday 28 th Feb 2020) will be subject to testing for “prohibited substances” in accordance with the requirements set out in Article 6 of the International Agreement of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), and as bound by the Racing Rules of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA Rules). Horses are tested for the presence of “prohibited substances” through the routine collection of both pre-and post-race blood and urine samples.

A prohibited substance is considered to be any substance that is capable of acting directly or indirectly on any of the mammalian body systems, consistent with the model definition in Article 6 of the IFHA International Agreement. A prohibited substance means a substance (including its metabolites, isomers and artifacts) which falls into any of the categories specified in these rules and/or as listed by JCSA from time to time.

According to Article 119 of the JCSA Rules, the following are prohibited substances:

(1) Substances capable at any time of causing either directly or indirectly an action or effect, or both an action and effect, within one or more of the following mammalian body systems:-

(a) the nervous system
(b) the cardiovascular system
(c) the respiratory system
(d) the digestive system

(e) the urinary system
(f) the reproductive system
(g) the musculoskeletal system
(h) the blood system

(i) the immune system, except for licensed vaccines
(j) the endocrine system
(k) endocrine secretions and their synthetic counterparts

(2) Substances falling within, but not limited to, the following categories:

acidifying agents
adrenergic blocking agents
adrenergic stimulants
agents affecting calcium and bone metabolism
alkalinising agents
anabolic agents
anaesthetic agents
antiangina agents
antianxiety agents
antiarrhythmic agents
anticholinergic agents
antifibrinolytic agents
antihypertensive agents
anti-inflammatory agents

antineoplastic agents
antipsychotic agents
antirheumatoid agents
antispasmodic agents
antithrombotic agents
antitussive agents
bronchspasm relaxants
buffering agents
central nervous system stimulants
cholinergic agents
erectile dysfunction agents
fibrinolytic agents
haematopoietic agents
haemostatic agents

hormones (including trophic hormones) and their synthetic counterparts
hypoglycaemic agents
hypolipidaemic agents
masking agents
muscle relaxants
narcotic analgesics
neuromuscular agents
plasma volume expanders
respiratory stimulants
sympathomimetic amines
vasopressor agents
vitamins administered by injection
oxygen carriers
agents that directly or indirectly affect or manipulate gene expression

(3) Metabolites, artifacts and isomers of the Prohibited Substances prescribed by Sub-Rules (1) and (2) of this Rule.

Threshold levels

The JCSA gives notice that the following substances are also deemed to be prohibited substances when present above these thresholds:
• Prednisolone – 0.01 microgram free prednisolone per millilitre in urine
• Total carbon dioxide – 36 millimoles per litre in plasma
• Arsenic – 0.3 microgram total arsenic per millilitre in urine
• Total cobalt at a mass concentration of 0.1 micrograms per millilitre in urine or 0.025 microgram total cobalt (free and protein bound) per millilitre in plasma
• Boldenone – 0.015 micrograms free and conjugated boldenone per millilitre in urine from male horses (other than geldings)
• Dimethyl sulphoxide – 15 micrograms per millilitre in urine or 1 microgram per millilitre in plasma
• In male horses other than geldings, 0.045 microgram free and glucuroconjugated 5α-estrane-3β, 17α-diol per millilitre in urine when, at the screening stage, the free and glucuroconjugated 5α-estrane-3β, 17α-diol exceeds the free and glucuroconjugated 5(10)-estrene-3β, 17α-diol in urine
• Hydrocortisone – 1 microgram hydrocortisone per millilitre in urine
• Methoxytyramine – 4 micrograms free and conjugated 3-methoxytyramine per millilitre in urine
• Salicylic acid – 750 micrograms salicylic acid per millilitre in urine or 6.5 micrograms per millilitre in plasma
• Testosterone – 0.02 microgram free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from geldings, or 100 picograms free testosterone per millilitre in plasma from geldings, fillies and mares (unless in foal), or 0.055 microgram free and conjugated testosterone per millilitre in urine from fillies and mares (unless in foal)

Only levels above the thresholds shall be taken as positive

For the purpose of the Saudi Cup Races, the following classifications also apply:

Substances prohibited at all times: 
Substances that have no legitimate justification for use in racehorses at any time under a zero-tolerance policy. They include but are not limited to:
• Substances which have no current approval by any government regulatory authority for veterinary use, or any substance not universally recognised by veterinary regulatory authorities as valid veterinary therapeutic treatment
• Anabolic agents including anabolic steroids
• Peptide hormones, growth hormones, growth factors and related substances
• Oxygen carriers
• Erythropoiesis stimulating agents
• Haematopoietic agents
• Venoms of any species or derivatives thereof
• Hormones and metabolic modulators such as insulins, agents modifying myostatin function and selective estrogen receptor modulators

Substances with a legitimate therapeutic use:
This category includes substances that are “prohibited substances” but which are not included in the list of substances which are prohibited at all times. They are permitted for use on a horse in training but cannot be detected in a race day sample. These substances include anti-inflammatory agents licensed for use in horses, and other medications used in the legitimate management of conditions during training.

Relevant international screening limits (ISL’s) for therapeutic substances in urine and plasma will apply during the screening of samples from horses competing in Saudi Cup Races. (See: and

The JCSA also accepts the following Asian Screening Limits for controlling Firocoxib, Ketoprofen and Dantrolene in plasma:
* Firocoxib: 2ng/mL in plasma.
* Dantrolene: 0.1 ng/mL of 5-hydroxydantrolene in plasma.
* Ketoprofen: 2 ng/mL in plasma under the condition of a single IV or oral dose.
The JCSA also accepts the IFHA residue limits for the control of Feed Contaminants and Environmental Substances as set out at:

TCO₂ testing and alkalinising agents

The JCSA has stringent procedures for the testing of total carbon dioxide (TCO₂) in blood samples taken pre-race. There are clear restrictions on the pre-race administration of alkalinising agents which are highlighted in the Notices section of the JCSA Rules and set out below.

The following TCO₂ testing procedures will apply for horses competing in the Saudi Cup races:
• Horses will be tested for TCO₂ pre-race.
• Horses will be brought to the testing area 45-50 minutes before race time – blood is taken and where analysis shows that a horse has a level of between 36 mmol/L and 37 mmol/L, a second test is taken 10 minutes later.
• If the second test is equal to or above 37 mmol/L the horse is scratched. A third test is taken 30 minutes later and if the TCO₂ level is below the permitted level, no penalty is imposed on the trainer.
• A horse sent for a third test will also be sent for blood sampling which will be taken in the normal manner to that which is already done on a race day under a secure chain of custody and this sample will be sent for further testing for prohibited substances.

JCSA Rules Notice


1) A person must not administer an alkalinising agent, in any manner, to a horse which is engaged to run in any race.

2) Any person who:
a) administers an alkalinising agent;
b) attempts to administer an alkalinising agent;
c) causes an alkalinising agent to be administered; and/or
d) is a party to the administration of, or an attempt to administer, an alkalinising agent, contrary to Article 119 commits an offence and may be penalised.

3) Where the Stewards are satisfied that a horse has, or is likely to have been, administered any alkalinising agent contrary to Article 119, the Stewards may prevent the horse from starting in any relevant race.

4) Where a horse has been administered any alkalinising agent contrary to Article 119, the horse may be disqualified from any relevant race in which the horse competed.

5) For the purposes of Article 119, ‘alkalinising agent’:
a) means any substance that may elevate the plasma total carbon dioxide (TCO₂) of a horse when administered by any route;
b) includes but is not limited to substances that are bicarbonates, citrates, succinates, acetates, propionates, maleates, lactates and trometamol (THAM, Tris
Buffer or Trometamine) and also include products marketed as urinary alkalinisers and hind gut buffers;
c) does not include substances:
that are alkalinising agents which are contained in commercial feeds and/or balanced commercial electrolyte supplements which when fed and consumed according to the manufacturers’ recommendations for normal daily use have a negligible effect on plasma TCO₂.

Specific requirements regarding bisphosphonates

The following Notice appears in the JCSA Rules:

Any bisphosphonate is not to be administered to a racehorse:
• under the age of three years and six months as determined by its recorded date of birth; and
• on the day of the race or on any of the 30 days before the day of the race in which the horse is declared to run.

The bisphosphonate product administered must be licensed for use in horses in the country in which it is being used, and be administered in accordance with the label instructions. There must be a diagnosis determined by a veterinary surgeon that supports the use of a bisphosphonate as an appropriate treatment, and such treatment must be administered by a veterinary surgeon.

Other restrictions

• Nebulisers are not allowed on race day.
• No medication will be permitted on race day.
• Throat flushes, no matter how innocuous their ingredients, are not accepted.
• The application of ice or chilled water to, or the use of whirlpool boots or similar systems on musculoskeletal structures are only permitted in the trainers’ stables on the morning of the race day, but are not permitted once the horse arrives in the race day stalls on the racecourse prior to the horse running in a race.

For further information on prohibited substances, treatment and medication, please contact:

JCSA veterinary officers:

Dr Mike Shepherd

Dr Guy Alexander


1. Any person shall be liable to penalty if:
(a) they administer or cause to be administered any prohibited substance to a horse for the purpose of affecting its performance in a race, or any test.
(b) they administer or cause to be administered any prohibited substance which is detected in any sample from any horse prior to or following any race, or test.
2. Any trainer or other person in charge of a horse, which is presented to race or perform a test, or has raced or performed a test which is found (upon analysis) to have had administered to it a prohibited substance, shall be liable to a penalty.
3. The stewards may direct that samples taken from a horse pursuant be stored, in whole or in part and shall be disposed of only as directed.
4. Notwithstanding any other provision of the rules, the stewards may direct that a stored sample, in whole or in part, be submitted or resubmitted for any test to determine whether any prohibited substance was at the relevant time present in the system of the horse from which the sample was taken.
5. A person shall not attempt to stomach tube (nasogastric tube), a horse nominated for a race or within one (1) clear day of the commencement of the race. No nasogastric tube is allowed to be brought into the racecourse stables on the day of the race.
6. A Person shall not attempt to use, or use an atomiser (nebuliser), face mask or other device for the administration of a prohibited substance to a horse nominated for a race within one (1) clear day of the commencement of the race.
7. The use of physical treatments such as acupuncture, ultrasound therapy, laser therapies and hyperbaric oxygen therapies are prohibited within one (1) clear day of the commencement of the race. The horse must not have been administered extracorporeal shockwave therapy on the day of the race or any of the five days before the day of the race.
8. No person shall administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.
9. The stewards may order the withdrawal from a race any horse that has received any medication in contravention of these rules.
10. Where it is established subsequent to a horse competing in a race, that the horse had received medication, it may be disqualified from the race.
For the purpose of these rules, medication means any treatment with drugs, prohibited substances or other substances.


1. Samples taken from horses in pursuance of the powers conferred on the stewards shall be analysed by an accredited racing laboratory approved by the JCSA.
2. Upon the detection by an accredited racing laboratory of a prohibited substance in a sample from a horse, such laboratory shall notify its finding to the stewards, who shall then notify the trainer of the horse of such finding and give him the option to have the reserve portion of the sample tested at another JCSA-approved accredited racing laboratory. The trainer will have three days to notify the stewards of such requirement. A refusal by the trainer to test the reserve portion of the sample shall not prevent the stewards from having the reserve portion of the sample tested.
3. In the event of the other accredited racing laboratory detecting the same prohibited substance in the reserve portion of the sample, the certified findings of both accredited racing laboratories shall be conclusive evidence that a prohibited substance has been administered to the horse from which the sample was taken.
4. In the event that a confirmatory analysis is not requested, the findings of the accredited racing laboratory shall be conclusive evidence that a prohibited substance had been administered to the horse from which the sample was taken.
5. Notwithstanding anything contained in (1), (2), (3) and (4), the stewards may where samples are to be analysed for the plasma total carbon dioxide concentration (TCO₂) of a horse, send two samples for immediate analysis to an accredited racing laboratory.



The published detection times are not the period of time that the medication should be withheld. “Detection Time” is a piece of information released by racing authorities to stakeholders to assist professionals (veterinarians) to recommend a withdrawal time for a given horse. This allows the veterinarians to apply good veterinary practice in the use of therapeutic substances to treat racehorses. The overall process provides a fair and effective approach for controlling substances commonly used for treating racehorses and allows the eight member nations of the EHSLC to harmonise on the control of these substances through agreed limits of the sensitivity of screening procedures for raceday samples.

NB – An adequate safety margin should be added to the detection time. Trainers must liaise with treating vets at home and if necessary with the JCSA vets involved with the Saudi Cup in Riyadh.

Acepromazine Sedalin® Vetoquinol UK Ltd 0.15mg/kg, single dose Oral (6) 72
Altrenogest Regumate® Equine MSD Animal Health 2.2mg/kg for 10 days, once daily Oral (4) 288*
Butorphanol Torbugesic® Fort Dodge Animal Health Ltd 100μg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) 72
Butyl Scopolamine/ Dipyrone (Metamizole) Buscopan™ Compositum Boehringer Ingelheim 0.2mg/kg butyl scopolamine/ 25mg/kg dipyrone (Metamizole), single dose i.v. (6) 72
Butyl scopolamine Buscopan® Boehringer Ingelheim 0.3mg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) ≤48^
Carprofen Rimadyl® Pfizer Ltd 0.7mg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) 264
Cetirizine Allacan® (Bristol Laboratories Ltd) 190mg twice daily for 4.5 days (9 doses) Oral (‡ see note) (2) 96
Clenbuterol Ventipulmin™ Syrup (25 micrograms/ml) Boehringer Ingelheim 1.6µg/kg/day for 10 Days, once daily Oral (6) 312
Clenbuterol Ventipulmin™ Injection (30 micrograms/ml) Boehringer Ingelheim 0.3µg/kg/day for 5 Days, once daily Nebulised** (6) 144
Dantrolene Dantrium® 500mg for 3 days, once daily Oral (‡see note) (12) ≤48^ 5≤
Dembrexine Sputolysin® Boehringer Ingelheim 0.3mg/kg, 9 doses at 12h intervals Oral (6) 96
Detomidine Domosedan® Orion Pharma, Finland 0.02mg/kg, single dose i.v. (10) ≤48^
Detomidine/ Butorphanol Domosedan® Janssen Torbugesic® Pfizer 10µg/kg followed after 5 minutes with 25µg/kg Torbugesic®, single dose i.v. (6) 72 2
Dexamethasone isonicotinate Voren® Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd 0.03mg/kg, single dose (15ml/500kg horse) i.m (6) 336
Dexamethasone sodium phosphate Dexadreson® Intervet UK Ltd 0.06mg/kg, single dose (15ml/500kg horse) i.v. (6) 120
Dipyrone Vetalgin® Intervet Deutschland GmbH 30mg/kg, single dose i.v.(10) 72
Eltenac Telzenac® Schering Plough Animal Health 0.5mg/kg for 5 days, once Daily i.v.(6) 192
Firocoxib Equioxx® Merial 100µg/kg for 7 days, once daily Oral (20) 360 (15 days)
Flunixin Finadyne® Schering Plough 1mg/kg, single dose i.v. (4) 144
Furosemide Dimazon™ Intervet 1mg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) ≤48^
Hydroxyzine Atarax® (Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd) 500mg twice daily for 4.5 days (9 doses) Oral (‡ see note) (6) 96
Ipratropium Atrovent™ solution for nebulisation (0.5 mg /ml) Boehringer Ingelheim 5.5µg/kg/day for 3 Days, once daily (16.5µg/kg in total) Nebulised** (‡ see note) (6) [MDI-Spacer] 120 [168]
Ketoprofen Ketofen® Merial Animal Health Ltd 2.2mg/kg for 5 days, once daily i.v.(6) 96
Lidocaine Norocaine® Norbrook Laboratories 300mg/15mL, single dose 60mg/3mL, single dose s/c (6) s/c (6) 72
Meclofenamic acid Not commercially available. Sigma (†see footnote) 2.2mg/kg/single Dose i.v. (‡ see note) (6) ≤48^
Meclofenamic acid Dynoton Biove Laboratory Arques, France 4mg/kg for 5 days, once daily Oral (‡see note) (6) 120
Meloxicam Metacam® Boehringer Ingelheim 0.6mg/kg for 14 days, once daily Oral (8) 72
Mepivacaine Intra-Epicaine® Arnolds Vet Products Ltd 2mL/40mg, single dose (0.07 –0.09mg/kg) s/c to lateral aspect of distal limb (6) 72
Mepivacaine Intra-Epicaine® Arnolds Vet Products Ltd 8mL/160mg, single dose (0.28 –0.36mg/kg) s/c neck (6) 72
Misoprostol Cytotec® 5µg/kg for 14 days, twice daily Oral (‡see note) (6) ≤48^
Naproxen Naprosyn™ Roche 10mg/kg for 5 days, once daily Oral (‡see note) (6) >360 (15 days)
Omeprazole Gastrogard® 37% oral Paste Merial 1mg/kg for 28 days, once daily Oral (*see note) ≤48^ 4
Phenylbutazone Equipazolone® Arnolds Vet Products Ltd Phenylarthrite™ Vetoquinol SA Equipazolone® Intervet SA 4.7mg/kg for 5 days, twice daily 8.8mg/kg, single dose 8.8mg/kg for 1 day, twice daily followed by; 4.4mg/kg for 10 days, twice daily Oral (2) i.v.(6) Oral (6)
Prednisolone Prednidale® 25mg Dechra 1mg/kg, single dose Oral (6) ≤48^
Procaine benzylpenicillin Depocillin® MSD Animal Health 12mg/kg for 5 days, once or twice daily i.m. (4) 240
Romifidine Sedivet® Boehringer Ingelheim 80µg/kg, single dose i.v. (8) 60
Romifidine/ Butorphanol Sedivet®Boehringer Ingelheim Torbugesic® Pfizer 60µg/kg followed after 5 minutes with 25µg/kg Torbugesic®, single dose i.v. (6) 72
Salbutamol Ventolin Evohaler® Allen & Hansburys 5×100µg actuations per dose for 2 days at 4 hourly dosing during day Inhaled via a pMDI through a spacer into nostrils (‡see note) (6) 72 3
Vedaprofen Quadrisol® Intervet SA 2mg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) 96
Salmeterol* Serevent® Evohaler GSK 0.1mg (4x 25µg/actuation per dose) for 5 days, twice daily Administered via Metered Dose Inhaler plus Equi-Haler® (Kruse) device (‡see note)(6) ≤48hours, not yet agreed internationally but to be adopted as interim by the BHA
Xylazine Chanazine® Chanelle Animal Health 0.4mg/kg, single dose i.v. (6) 72

Prepared according to Johansson et al Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (1986) 4, 2 171-179.
* Calculated from several studies involving differing numbers of horses.
** This 5 day advice relates to true nebulisation.
These products are licenced human medications and therefore should be used in accordance with Veterinary Medicine Regulations guidance on the use of the cascade, including precautions to ensure human safety.
^ The JCSA requires that a prohibited substance may not be given on the day of a race. Therefore, no detection times less than 48 hours will be advised by the JCSA’.



The International Racing Bureau will inform you of the training times for your region and will schedule turf works with the trainer.

Work on outside of the turf track.

Only fast work must take place on the rail of the dirt track.

Ponies will be available for use during track work and during racing itself.


The JCSA will provide trainers with the opportunity to school horses in the Parade Ring during morning trackwork.


The JCSA will not permit any person to be mounted on a horse, or work as a member of the gate crew on any racing surface, unless the person is wearing a properly fastened safety helmet. All hats must have chin straps.


No jockey or apprentice jockey shall ride in a race unless wearing a safety vest, nor shall a jockey, apprentice jockey, or exercise rider, train or exercise any horse on the grounds of a racing association unless wearing a safety vest.


All horses must wear saddle towels provided by the JCSA when exercising on the track.



Connections will run under their own national licenses.
Jockeys will need clearances from their national governing body.


Horses will be tested for TCO₂ pre-race.

Horses brought to testing area 45-50 minutes before race time –blood is taken and where analysis shows that a horse has a level of between 36 mmol/L and 37 mmol/L, a second test is taken 10 minutes later. If the second test is equal to or above 37 mmol/L the horse is scratched. A third test is taken 30 minutes later and if the TCO₂ level is below the permitted level, no penalty is imposed on the trainer. A horse sent for a third test will also be sent for blood sampling which will be taken in the normal manner to that which is already done on a race day under a secure chain of custody and this sample will be sent for further testing for prohibited substances.

Nebulisers are not allowed on race day.

No medication will be permitted on race day.

Only water may be administered on race day to wash a horse’s mouth. Throat flushes, no matter how innocuous their ingredients are not accepted.


1) The saddle comprises the saddle itself, the girth, the surcingle, the stirrup irons and the leathers or webs and the jockey is responsible for the fit condition of the saddle which they use.
2) If a horse is to wear blinkers, visor, hood, eye shield, eye cover, sheepskin cheek pieces or any combination thereof they must be reported at the declaration to run. When a horse has been declared to run in the above, they must be worn by the horse on the way to the start and during the race. If they are not worn on the way to the start the horse is to be withdrawn by the Starter and the horse shall not run. When no declaration of blinkers, visor, hood, eye shield, eye cover, sheepskin cheek pieces or any combination thereof has been made they must not be worn on the way to the start and during the race. If they are worn on the way to the start the horse is to be withdrawn by the starter and the horse shall not run. Blinkers, visor, hood, eye shield, eye cover and pacifier should all be worn under the bridle. No headgear is allowed to be fitted or removed at the start. Any horse that runs in contravention of this rule or any person found in contravention of this rule may face penalty unless the incident is found to be accidental by the stewards.
3) No horse may run in a race wearing a garment fitted over its head or ears other than blinkers, visor, hood, eye shield, eye cover, cheek pieces or any combination of these. Nasal Dilators are allowed for use in races but must be of a design approved by the Stewards. They must be fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
4) If a horse is to wear earplugs in a race, they must be worn on the way to the start. They can be removed during the race provided that they are attached to the bridle by suitable means and will not fall onto the racing surface or cause any inconvenience to other runners. A horse can also go to the start wearing earplugs and on reaching the start, they can be removed by the starter. For these instances, the earplugs should not be fastened to the bridle.
5) No Jockey shall ride in a race unless they are carrying a whip which complies with the specifications approved by the JCSA and no substitute for a whip shall be carried in a race.
6) Lip chains will be allowed and must remain covered at all times. However, they must be removed upon arrival in the parade ring as per normal JCSA procedures.
7) If a horse is to wear a tongue strap it must be reported at the declaration to run. When a horse has been declared to run in the above, but the trainer is unable to tie the tongue strap down satisfactorily or if it comes loose and cannot be refitted the horse may still run. However, if the horse does not run at the insistence of the trainer, or it is withdrawn by the starter, the penalty will be waived by order of the stewards. When no declaration of a tongue strap has been made, a tongue strap must not be worn by the horse in the parade ring, on the way to the start or during the race.


1. A jockey shall wear a body protector which conforms to a standard approved by the JCSA or their licensing authority and a correctly fitted and fastened skullcap of a pattern approved by the JCSA or their licensing authority whenever they are mounted on a horse. No jockey will be weighed out for a ride in any race unless they are wearing a body protector which conforms to a standard approved by the JCSA or their licencing authority.
2. No jockey will be allowed to wear silks and breeches that exhibit any form of sponsorship during races.
3. All jockeys are required to provide to the stipendiary stewards a clearance certificate from the racing jurisdiction in which they last rode notifying that they are not under any embargo which precludes them from accepting and fulfilling riding arrangements in the KSA.
4. All colours must be sanctioned by the JCSA.
5. If a rider weighs out more than 2kg above the weight their horse should carry, they are fined an amount the equivalent of their riding fee. No rider will be weighed out if he is 2.5kg or more above the horses allotted weight.
6. All riders must weigh in.
7. No freelance or apprentice jockey allowance may be claimed in any race.


The rules provide for the possible selection of jockeys to undertake sampling for the purpose of testing for prohibited substances. All visiting jockeys should be aware the following are prohibited substances under the JCSA’s rules.
• Alcohol – at or above a threshold of 22 micrograms of ethanol per 100 millilitres of breath, or 50 milligrams of ethanol per 100 millilitres of blood
• Amphetamines and amphetamine-like substances including the ‘Ecstacy’ group and excluding Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine
• Barbiturates
• Benzodiazepines and Benzodiazepine – like substances (Please note: Sleeping tablets are known to contain these prohibited substances – refer below)
• Benzylpiperazine (BZP), 3-Trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP) and other similar piperazine-based substances.
• Cannabinoids – at or above a threshold of 15 nanograms of delta-9- tetrahydro-11-nor-cannabinol-9carboxylic acid per millilitre in urine
• Cocaine
• Ephedrine – at or above a threshold of 10 micrograms of ephedrine per millilitre in urine unless for a prescribed and approved use
• Methyl ephedrine – at or above a threshold of 10 micrograms of methyl ephedrine per millilitre in urine unless for a prescribed and approved use
• 4-lod-2,5-dimethoxy-N-(2-methoxybenzyl) phenethylamine (25l-NBOMe), 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-N-(2-methoxybenzyl) phenethylamine (25B-NBOMe), and other psychedelic substituted phenethylamines
• Ketamine and Tiletamine
• Lasix (Furosemide) and other diuretics
• Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
• Opioids excluding the normal use of Codeine, Dextromethorphan, Dihydrocodeine, Ethylmorphine, Pholcodine, Propoxyphene and Tramadol
• Phencyclidine
• Synthetic Cannabinoids
• Masking agents
• Tryptamine derivatives.


Ponies will be available in every race upon request.


All grooms and handlers should be neatly dressed when taking horses to the paddock. Jackets will be provided by the JCSA and must be worn by the groom, hotwalker and exercise rider when bringing the horses to the paddock on race day. It is requested that pony riders wear the hat covers and jackets which will be provided.


Dirt Track:
No horse shall enter the Parade Ring or run in shoes which have protrusions on the ground surface other than calkins or studs on the hind shoes limited to 7mm in height. Nail heads must not protrude more than 2mm from the surface of the shoes.

Turf Track:
No horse shall run in shoes which have any protrusions. Only Queen’s Plate or Queen’s Plate XT will be allowed on the front and hind.

Glue-on aluminium racing plates are permitted if necessary and must be approved by the stewards. It must be noted that it is not permitted for glue-on shoes to be applied or re-applied less than two (2) hours prior to the start time of the horse’s race.

The Trainer is responsible for making sure that their horses are shod in accordance with this instruction.


AScratch time will be 08:00 on the day of the race. Any horse scratched after scratch time must file, in writing, such intention with the stewards.

The JCSA reserve the right to have up to two reserves at the time of declaration. These reserves can draw into the race up to scratch time.



Adel A Almazroa – Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Director General
Mobile: +966 555 282 474

Tom Ryan – Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Director of Strategy and International Racing
Mobile: +353 87 242 3051

Phil Tuck – Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Stipendiary Steward
Mobile: +966 535 976 927

Phil Smith – Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Racing Consultant and Handicapper
Mobile: +44 7785293802


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