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A model of the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh

HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal Chairman, Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia, at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, July 2019

HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal Chairman, Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia, at Saratoga, August 2019

King Abdulaziz Racetrack, July 2019 The turf course is being laid over the inner training track

The Saudi Cup launch Fasig-Tipton, Saratoga Springs, August 2019

HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal Chairman, Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia, with Britney Eurton and Nick Luck at the Saudi Cup launch, at Fasig-Tipton, Saratoga, August 2019

Laying the new turf course

Richard Stuttard, Head of consultancy at STRI Group explains what's involved in laying the turf course at King Abdulaziz Racetrack.

Saudi Cup undercard launch in Riyadh

At a special event in Riyadh attended by some 300 racing professionals and media, HRH Prince Bandar launched two exciting new races to #thesaudicup undercard, including an International race for Arabians and a Thoroughbred race for Saudi Arabian-trained horses.

HRH Prince Bandar interview

Frankie Dettori interview

Saudi Cup launch video

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Chad Brown, interviewed by Nick Luck

But, Chad, conquering new frontiers is something that a lot of trainers think about now. How does the $20m Saudi Cup appeal to you?
Well, I’m here! I want to learn more about it. You know, it’s a lot of money, it’s an interesting concept. I got a view of the model and the facility. I’m impressed so far, and I’m excited to learn more about it.
And having a big wide, sweeping dirt track, with the ability to run races up to 2400m round the one turn, how much of an advantage do you think that’s going to be? How much of a draw do you think that will be?
Well, it definitely opens the door up for a certain type of horse, and I feel that we have a lot of them over here that could suit that track. It sounds like there’s going to be other races on that card as well, on the turf so it should be, you know, quite an event.

HRH Prince Bandar

This is a really momentous day for us in horseracing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
All that’s left is for us to deliver
But we are very, very excited about this event
We expect to have some of the best horses in the world participating in this and we do view this as a long term project in which we develop this race further and further as time goes by.

Hall Of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen

It’s obviously very exciting, I definitely feel that the future of racing is international racing
I think it’s where racing’s going and these kind of opportunities are proof of that

Todd Pletcher

I think it’s terrific for the horse industry globally. It’s a tremendous opportunity for everyone
These are the type of events that we need to really propel the game forward
I think the timing of it should suit pretty well and compliment the Pegasus at Gulfstream and the Dubai World Cup
I think it’s positioned properly in the calendar, for people to take a chance at almost $40m dollars in purses.

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