The Saudi Cup 2020 winner is Maximum Security, who was the favorite to win the race. Midnight Bisou took second place, followed by Benbatl in third. The Saudi Cup 2021 will take place on February 19-20, 2021.
The Saudi Cup is a new multi-million dollar race that happended on leap day this year, February 28-29, 2020, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Post time is 12:40 pm ET.
About the Saudi Cup Horse Race
The Saudi Cup horse racing event consists of seven racing events. It is known as the richest horse racing event in the world now. The chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia is Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal.
He was quoted as saying, “The introduction of the Saudi Cup as an international race is, without doubt, the most significant event in the history of horse racing in Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates our resolve to develop this great sport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and also our ambition to become a leading player on horse racing’s world stage.”
So, as you can see the Saudi Cup horse racing event came about to help develop the horse racing world in Saudi Arabia. Which, it seems like it will be successful in doing.
Saudi Cup Purse
As mentioned before, the prize for the Saudi Cup is twenty million dollars. Each run is worth a different amount of prize money for the victor and has a different amount. The amounts listed with the exception of the Saudi Cup is for the total prize money associated with the race.
- The Saudi Cup: $10 million to the winner.
- The Obaiyah Arabian Classic (Purebred Arabians): $1.9 million
- The Jockey Club Local Handicap: $500,000
- The Red Sea Turf Handicap: $2.5 million
- The Riyadh Dirt Sprint: $1.5 million
- The Neom Turf Cup: $1 million
- The Saudi Derby: $800,000
- The 1351 Turf Sprint: $1 million
The prize money is so high to set the race apart from the other major horse races. A new horse race would need to do something big to set itself apart. So, the prize money helps the Saudi Cup do so.
Saudi Cup Contenders Qualifications
Fourteen horses will run the Saudi Cup after qualifying by winning the necessary races. For instance, the Pegasus World Cup winner Mucho Gusto is automatically entered into the Saudi Cup. It is free to enter and free to run in the Saudi Cup.
Keep in mind, horses trained in Saudi Arabia will have the opportunity to secure a place in the starting line up. They will do this by winning a race that will be run on Friday, February 7th, 2020. The final announcement for the Saudi Cup entries will not be until February 25th, 2020.
Saudi Cup Betting
With the new horse race coming up, many are wondering about Saudi Cup betting. Of course, because it is a newer horse race, not all online racebooks will offer the ability to bet on the race. However, great racebooks will offer Saudi Cup odds for you to bet on.
In Saudi Arabia, it is not permitted to bet on the horses at the racetrack, however, international bookmakers will be accepting wagers.
As of right now, it looks like Twinspires, BetAmerica, and TVG will be accepting bets on the Saudi Cup. We can expect this information to be updated closer to the race, once the final odds and post positions are announced.
Where to watch the Saudi Cup Race
The inaugural Saudi Cup race will take place on February 19-20, 2021.
To catch the race live, viewers can tune into Fox Sports 1, which has the exclusivity on the main race. Fox Sports 2 will take over for the undercard events, as well as TVG.
Some online racebooks that offer horse race streaming will probably also broadcast the races.
You will also be able to stream the race online on FloSport’s website.
King Abdulaziz Racetrack
The King Abdulaziz Racetrack is named after King Abdulaziz Ibn Sand, who is known as the founding father of modern Saudi Arabia. Horse racing has long been a great tradition in Saudi Arabia. The racetrack is open from October to March every year for racing.
The Saudi Cup joins the ranks of The Dubai World Cup as one of the world’s richest horse races. Premium Tap is the Kingdom’s most successful racehorse currently.
So, now you have all of the information available about the Saudi Cup entries. And, you should be excited about the world’s richest horse race. It is a great time to watch the race and be a part of history!