The Saudi Cup races

THE WORLD’S RICHEST RACE

What

A new 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.

Where

On the one-turn dirt oval at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

When

On Saturday February 29th, 2020, an afternoon and evening also including an undercard of international contests on the new inside turf course and on the dirt.


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.

Enter by noon, Tuesday January 7th, 2020.
Free to enter and free to run.
Supplementary entry for non-original entries: $200,000, to be paid on Tuesday February 18th, 2020.
Final declaration and draw: Tuesday February 25th, 2020.
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.


Horses who finish first, second or third in the Pegasus World Cup will be invited for the Saudi Cup even if not previously entered. Horses trained in Saudi Arabia will have the opportunity to secure a place in the starting line up by winning a race to be run on Friday February 7th, 2020.

The undercard

An international race for Arabians

2000m (10f) on dirt 
Total race value: $1,500,000

$1,140,000 to the winning horse.
The second to receive $380,000, the third $190,000, the fourth $95,000, the fifth $57,000, the sixth $38,000.
For four-year-olds and up.
Weights: 57kg
Fillies allowed 2kg

A handicap for thoroughbreds trained in Saudi Arabia 

1800m (9f) on dirt 
Total value: $500,000

$300,000 to the winning horse. 
The second to receive $100,000, the third $50,000, the fourth $25,000, the fifth $15,000, the sixth $10,000.
For four-year-olds and up trained in Saudi Arabia.
An open handicap.

A staying handicap on turf

3000m (15f) on turf 
Total value: $2,500,000

$1,500,000 to the winning horse.
The second to receive $500,000, the third $250,000, the fourth $125,000, the fifth $75,000, the sixth $50,000.
An open handicap for Northern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up and Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds and up.
Ratings will be taken at time of closing on Tuesday 7th January, 2020.
The handicap will be published on Tuesday 14th January, 2020.

A dirt sprint

1200m (6f) on dirt 
Total value: $1,500,000

$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 Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds and up.
Weights: Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up: 59.5kg / 131lb
Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 52kg / 115lb
Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 58kg / 128lb
If no Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-old is declared to run, the weights will be adjusted:
Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 55.5kg / 123lb
Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up: 57kg / 126lb
Fillies and mares allowed 2kg / 4lb

A middle-distance turf race

2100m (10.5f) on turf 
Total value: $1,000,000

$600,000 to the winning horse.
The second to receive $200,000, the third $100,000, the fourth $50,000, the fifth $30,000, the sixth $20,000.
Open to Northern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up and Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds
and up.

Weights: Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up: 57kg / 126lb
Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 53kg / 117lb
Fillies and mares allowed 2kg / 4lb

A dirt mile for three-year-olds

1600m (8f) on dirt 
Total value: $800,000

$480,000 to the winning horse.
The second to receive $160,000, the third $80,000, the fourth $40,000, the fifth $24,000, the sixth $16,000.
Open to Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds.
Weights: Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 59.5kg / 131lb
Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 55kg / 121lb
If no Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-old is declared to run, the weights will be adjusted: 57kg / 126lb
Fillies and mares allowed 2kg / 4lb

A turf sprint

1350m (6.7f) on turf 
Total value: $1,000,000

$600,000 to the winning horse. 
The second to receive $200,000, the third $100,000, the fourth $50,000, the fifth $30,000, the sixth $20,000.
Open to Northern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up and Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds
and up.

Weights: Northern Hemisphere-bred and Southern Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and up: 57kg / 126lb
Southern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds: 54.5kg / 120lb
Fillies and mares allowed 2kg / 4lb


Entries by noon, Tuesday January 7th, 2020.

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 
+353 (0)87 242 3051

Adrian Beaumont 
International Racing Bureau
adrian@irbracing.com
+44 (0)1638 668881 or +44 (0)7808 903158

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