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THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE HORSE RACE

The Saudi Cup: What? Where? When?

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.

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

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

Entries by noon, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

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THE OBAIYA ARABIAN CLASSIC (Purebred Arabians)

2000m (1m 2f) on dirt

Total race value:

$1,900,000

$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 (Purebred Arabians).
Weights: 57kg
Fillies and Mares allowed 2kg
Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $19,000 to be paid on Tuesday 18th February, 2020.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

THE JOCKEY CLUB LOCAL HANDICAP

1800m (1m 1f) on dirt

Total race 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.
The top weight to be no higher than 62kgs and the bottom weight no lower than 54kgs.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.
Ratings will be taken at time of closing on Tuesday 7th January.
The handicap will be published on Tuesday 14th January, 2020.

THE RED SEA TURF HANDICAP

3000m (1m 7f) on turf 

Total race 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.
The top weight to be no higher than 62kgs and the bottom weight no lower than 54kgs.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

THE RIYADH DIRT SPRINT

1200m (6f) on dirt

Total race 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
Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $15,000 to be paid on Tuesday 18th February, 2020.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

THE NEOM TURF CUP

2100m (1m 2½f) on turf

Total race 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
Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $10,000 to be paid on Tuesday 18th February, 2020.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

THE SAUDI DERBY

1600m (8f) on dirt

Total race 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 and Southern Hemisphere bred 3 year olds.
Weights: NH bred 3 year olds 55kgs / 121lb SH bred 3 year olds 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.
Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $8,000 to be paid on Tuesday February 18, 2020.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday February 25, 2020.

THE 1351 TURF SPRINT

1351m (6¾f) on turf

Total race 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
Supplementary entry for non-original entries of $10,000 to be paid on Tuesday 18th February, 2020.
Final declaration to take place on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

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
saudicup@irbracing.com
+44 (0)1638 668881 or +44 (0)7808 903158

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