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The Saudi Cup

King Abdulaziz Racetrack

The Saudi Cup is a new race in the major horse racing global circuit and boasts of being the world's richest Thoroughbred horse race. Worth a total of $20 million dollars. $10 million awarded to the winner. A full field would consist of 14 contenders and aims to bridge the gap between the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, USA and Dubai World Cup at Meydan, UAE.

Automatic bids will be awarded to the top three finishers in the Pegasus World Cup as Saudi Arabia will pay for connection flights, accommodations and horse stables, forage, farrier and vet care. The race day will boast an under-card consisting of a $1.5 million international race for Arabians, $500k Saudi Arabian bred handicap, 15 furlong $2.5m stayer handicap on the turf, a 6 furlong dirt sprint worth $1.5m, a middle-distance 10 1/2 furlong race on turf for $1m, a dirt mile for three-year-olds worth $800k and a turf sprint at about 6.7 furlongs worth $1m.

The Saudi Cup Live Racing Schedule

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Gates Open: TBD
  • First Race: 3:20 pm/12:20 pm KSA/GMT
  • WATCH: 8:00am ET to 12:00pm ET on Fox Sports
  • The Saudi Cup Race Details
    • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt (9f)
    • Purse:
      • $10m to the winner
      • $3.5m for second
      • $2m for third
    • Condition and Status: 4-year-olds and up
      • Lasix and Bute disallowed
    • Established: 2020 at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh
      • King Abdulaziz Racetrack is a one-turn mile and a quarter

How to bet the Saudi Cup

The 2021 Saudi Cup Contenders & Morning Line Odds

PostHorseTrainerML Odds
1Chuwa WizardTBDTBD
3Great ScotTBDTBD
4Max PlayerTBDTBD
5Knicks GoTBDTBD
6Global GiantTBDTBD
8Sleepy Eyes ToddTBDTBD
10Military LawTBDTBD
14Extra ElusiveTBDTBD


Kingdom Day Race Calendar

Friday 20th February 2021

3:20 pm/12:20 pm1stSaudi Bred Maiden1400m (7f)dirt
Asur prayer 3:26 pm/12:26 pm    
3:45 pm/12:45 pm2ndThe Equestrian Club Award, Saudi-bred, Open1400m (7f)dirt
4:15 pm/1:15 pm3rdInternational Jockeys Challenge, Saudi-bred, Handicap1400m (7f)dirt
4:45 pm/1:45 pm4thInternational Jockeys Challenge, Imported and Saudi-bred, Handicap1600m (1m)dirt
5:15 pm/2:15 pm5thThe Equestrian Club Award, Saudi-bred fillies, Open1600m (1m)dirt
5:45 pm/2:45 pm6thInternational Jockeys Challenge, Saudi-bred, Handicap1800m (1m 1f)dirt
Maghreb prayer 5:55 pm/2:55 pm    
6:30 pm/3:30 pm7thInternational Jockeys Challenge, Saudi-bred, Handicap1200m (6f)dirt
7:00 pm/4:00 pm8thThe Equestrian Club Prize, Saudi-bred, Open1600m (1m)dirt

Saudi Cup Day Race Calendar

Saturday 29th February 2020

4:00 pm/1:00 pm1stThe Neom Turf Cup, Open2100m (1m 2½f)turf
4:35 pm/1:35 pm2ndThe 1351 Turf Sprint, Open1351m (6¾f)turf
5:10 pm/2:10 pm3rdThe Longines Turf Handicap, Open3000m (1m 7f)turf
5:45 pm/2:45 pm4thThe Obaiya Arabian Classic, (Purebred Arabians)2000m (1m 2f)dirt
Maghreb prayer 5:56 pm/2:56 pm    
6:30 pm/3:30 pm5thThe Jockey Club Local Handicap, Open1800m (1m 1f)dirt
7:10 pm/4:10 pm6thThe Saudi Derby, Open1600m (1m)dirt
Isha prayer 7:26 pm/4:26 pm    
7:50 pm/4:50 pm7thThe Saudia Sprint, Open1200m (6f)dirt
8:40 pm/5:40 pm8thThe Saudi Cup1800m (9f)dirt

The Saudi Cup History

The The Saudi Cup Past Winners