Saudi Cup 2021

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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.

Learn all about the first edition of the Saudi Cup Horse Race. On this page, you will find all of the Saudi Cup entries and odds. These are the morning line odds from Friday, the 28th of February and are subject to change.

Saudi Cup Entries 2020

The final Saudi Cup Entries & Post Positions have now been announced on. All of the international contenders have now arrived safely in Saudi Arabia and are ready for the inaugural race. See below for more information and odds.

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Go to Gold Dream
Past Performances: Gold Dream is a Japanese thoroughbred horse and is old for the race at seven years old. Trained by Osamu Hirata, Gold Dream has had two Grade I wins over its career. These were at the February Stakes in 2017 and the Champions Cup in 2017. Gold Dream was runner-up in the 2019 renewal of the Champions Cup and last time out finished in 4th place at the Tokyo Daishoten.
Past Performances: Gold Dream is a Japanese thoroughbred horse and is old for the race at seven years old. Trained by Osamu Hirata, Gold Dream has had two Grade I wins over its career. These were at the February Stakes in 2017 and the Champions Cup in 2017. Gold Dream was runner-up in the 2019 renewal of the Champions Cup and last time out finished in 4th place at the Tokyo Daishoten.
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Go to Tacitus
Past Performances: Tacitus is one of the US horses taking part in the race. This four-year-old colt won the two Grade 2 Stakes - Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial. However, this followed with second places in Belmont Stakes, Dandy Stakes (Grade 2) and Travers Stakes (G1), and then even a third in the Kentucky Derby and Jockey Gold Cup (Grade 1). Since that last race in September, Tacitus has been resting.
Past Performances: Tacitus is one of the US horses taking part in the race. This four-year-old colt won the two Grade 2 Stakes - Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial. However, this followed with second places in Belmont Stakes, Dandy Stakes (Grade 2) and Travers Stakes (G1), and then even a third in the Kentucky Derby and Jockey Gold Cup (Grade 1). Since that last race in September, Tacitus has been resting.
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Go to 3. Benbatl
Past Performances : Benbatl is a British thoroughbred who didn’t race until he was three years old. In his first year of racing he won a few notable races, as well as finishing in 5th place at the Epsom Derby. He started racing in Dubai during 2018, winning numerous races including the Dubai Turf. Benbatl has since raced again in Europe, as well as in Australia where he finished second in the Cox Plate and won the Caulfield Stakes. The six-year-old has won his last two races going into the Saudi Cup.
Past Performances : Benbatl is a British thoroughbred who didn’t race until he was three years old. In his first year of racing he won a few notable races, as well as finishing in 5th place at the Epsom Derby. He started racing in Dubai during 2018, winning numerous races including the Dubai Turf. Benbatl has since raced again in Europe, as well as in Australia where he finished second in the Cox Plate and won the Caulfield Stakes. The six-year-old has won his last two races going into the Saudi Cup.
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Past Performances: This 8-year-old gelding has finished 10th in the Dubai World Cup 2018 and 7th in 2019.
Past Performances: This 8-year-old gelding has finished 10th in the Dubai World Cup 2018 and 7th in 2019.
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Go to 5. Gronkowski
Past Performances: Gronkowski is a thoroughbred horse that gets its name from the New England Patriots legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski. He has a minority stake in the horse. Gronkowski has taken part in races across the UK, being the owner of the Burradon Stakes. He went on to compete in the United States where he was runner-up in the Belmont Stakes in 2018. The most notable race of Gronkowski’s career was the Dubai World Cup in 2019 when he financed runner-up as a four-year-old.
Past Performances: Gronkowski is a thoroughbred horse that gets its name from the New England Patriots legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski. He has a minority stake in the horse. Gronkowski has taken part in races across the UK, being the owner of the Burradon Stakes. He went on to compete in the United States where he was runner-up in the Belmont Stakes in 2018. The most notable race of Gronkowski’s career was the Dubai World Cup in 2019 when he financed runner-up as a four-year-old.
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Go to 6. Midnight Bisou
Past Performances : Midnight Bisou is an American thoroughbred who was the Champion Older Female Horse in 2019. It has had a top ranking for a number of years and won seven consecutive races during 2019, three of which were Grade I events. This streak was broken in her last race, when Midnight Bisou finished as the runner-up in the Breeder's Cup. Bred in Kentucky, the filly is trained by Steven Asmussen and is set to run in the upcoming Saudi Cup.
Past Performances : Midnight Bisou is an American thoroughbred who was the Champion Older Female Horse in 2019. It has had a top ranking for a number of years and won seven consecutive races during 2019, three of which were Grade I events. This streak was broken in her last race, when Midnight Bisou finished as the runner-up in the Breeder's Cup. Bred in Kentucky, the filly is trained by Steven Asmussen and is set to run in the upcoming Saudi Cup.
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Go to 7. Maximum Security
Past Performances: This American thoroughbred has won numerous prestigious races during his career, such as the Cigar Mile, Haskell Invitational and the Florida Derby. He also was the first past the winning post in the Kentucky Derby for the 2019 renewal, but was deemed to have committed interference and was subsequently disqualified. Maximum Security is the highest-rated horse in the 2020 Saudi Cup.
Past Performances: This American thoroughbred has won numerous prestigious races during his career, such as the Cigar Mile, Haskell Invitational and the Florida Derby. He also was the first past the winning post in the Kentucky Derby for the 2019 renewal, but was deemed to have committed interference and was subsequently disqualified. Maximum Security is the highest-rated horse in the 2020 Saudi Cup.
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Go to 8. Mucho Gusto
Past Performances: Mucho Gusto is an American thoroughbred that won the Pegasus World Cup in 2020 in what was his first-ever Grade I race. He has been racing since 2018, with the four-year-old currently being trained by Bob Baffert. Mucho Gusto certainly is going to be a horse to watch in the Saudi Cup, with its trainer and owners looking to prove that its win in the Pegasus World Cup wasn't just a once-off victory.
Past Performances: Mucho Gusto is an American thoroughbred that won the Pegasus World Cup in 2020 in what was his first-ever Grade I race. He has been racing since 2018, with the four-year-old currently being trained by Bob Baffert. Mucho Gusto certainly is going to be a horse to watch in the Saudi Cup, with its trainer and owners looking to prove that its win in the Pegasus World Cup wasn't just a once-off victory.
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Go to 9. McKinzie
Past Performances: McKinzie is an American thoroughbred that was sired by the Kentucky Derby winner in 2007, Street Sense. He has finished in first or second place in his last eight starts. This includes runner up finishes in the Santana Anita Handicap, as well as his last race at the Breeder’s Cup Classic. Trained by Bob Baffert, McKinzie the five-year-old is one of the highest-rated entries in the Saudi Cup.
Past Performances: McKinzie is an American thoroughbred that was sired by the Kentucky Derby winner in 2007, Street Sense. He has finished in first or second place in his last eight starts. This includes runner up finishes in the Santana Anita Handicap, as well as his last race at the Breeder’s Cup Classic. Trained by Bob Baffert, McKinzie the five-year-old is one of the highest-rated entries in the Saudi Cup.
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Go to 10. Chrysoberyl
Past Performances: Chrysoberyl is a Japanese thoroughbred that is trained by Hidetaka Oonashi. The four-year-old has won all six of his career races. The most notable of these wins came last time out in December 2019 at the Champions Cup Grade I race at the Saratoga Race Course. The Saudi Cup will be a big step up, but Chrysoberyl has so far taken everything in his stride as he looks to continue his winning streak.
Past Performances: Chrysoberyl is a Japanese thoroughbred that is trained by Hidetaka Oonashi. The four-year-old has won all six of his career races. The most notable of these wins came last time out in December 2019 at the Champions Cup Grade I race at the Saratoga Race Course. The Saudi Cup will be a big step up, but Chrysoberyl has so far taken everything in his stride as he looks to continue his winning streak.
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Go to 11. Great Scot
Past Performances: This 4-year-old colt's last race was a win at the Superior Mile (Grade 1).
Past Performances: This 4-year-old colt's last race was a win at the Superior Mile (Grade 1).
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Go to 12. Magic Wand
Past Performances: Magic Wand was sired by Gailileo, the legendary Irish horse that won the likes of the Derby, the Irish Derby Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the King George VI. Magic Wand is a five-year-old mare and is trained by renowned trainer Aidan O’Brien. He has many notable finishes over the past course of years. Magic Wand’s last two races were runner-up finishes in the Hong Kong Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
Past Performances: Magic Wand was sired by Gailileo, the legendary Irish horse that won the likes of the Derby, the Irish Derby Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the King George VI. Magic Wand is a five-year-old mare and is trained by renowned trainer Aidan O’Brien. He has many notable finishes over the past course of years. Magic Wand’s last two races were runner-up finishes in the Hong Kong Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
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Go to 13. Capezzano
Past Performances: Capezzano is a 6-year-old gelding that seems to perform well in 1-mile races, winning the 1st Firebreak Stakes (Grade 3) and the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd (Grade 1). However, he might not do well when competing against other strong horses. He finished 12th place in the Dubai World Cup 2019.
Past Performances: Capezzano is a 6-year-old gelding that seems to perform well in 1-mile races, winning the 1st Firebreak Stakes (Grade 3) and the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd (Grade 1). However, he might not do well when competing against other strong horses. He finished 12th place in the Dubai World Cup 2019.
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Go to 14. Mjjack
Past Perfromances: This 6-year-old secured his spot at the Saudi Cup by winning The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (Grade 1). It looks like he might get overwhelmed by the presence of strong international competition.
Past Perfromances: This 6-year-old secured his spot at the Saudi Cup by winning The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (Grade 1). It looks like he might get overwhelmed by the presence of strong international competition.

These competitors hope to take home the 2020 Saudi Cup. Because the prize money has reached an amazing twenty million dollars, you can expect a large amount of Saudi Cup entries. So, you should check out the names of these competitors now when you can.

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Saudi Cup Favorites

With so many horses competing to win the 2020 Saudi Cup, you can expect fierce competition. The horse Maximum Security right now leads the board in Saudi Cup odds. So, you should look into Maximum Security if you are hoping to engage in online horse betting.

Maximum Security has proved to be a fierce competitor in other races. After the mishap at the Kentucky Derby last year, the anticipation is high for Maximum Security to perform. So, you should keep your eye out on this horse to see if he will meet those expectations.

Mucho Gusto is another strong contender. The colt has been meeting is trainer Bob Baffert’s expectations during the prep workouts. He will be once again ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, who jockeyed him into first place during January’s Pegasus World Cup.

However, the boys could get some serious competition from Midnight Bisou, the 5-year-old mare who will be running against male horses for the first time in the Saudi Cup. Bisou won the Eclipse Award for older dirt female for 2019 after several consecutive graded stakes wins and a second place in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

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 2020

The inaugural Saudi Cup race will take place on February 28-29, 2020. The main race will begin at 8:40 pm (KSA) / 12:20 pm (GMT) on Saturday, the 29th.

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.

Other Saudi Cup Races Entries & Post Times 2020

The Saudi Cup consists of 7 races, the main one being the Saudi Cup.

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Cup (8 am E.T.)

  • Deirdre (JPN)
  • Imagen de Roma (KSA)
  • Intellogent (FR)
  • For the Top (UAE)
  • Mount Everest (IRE)
  • Persian Moon (KSA)
  • Port Lions (BAH)
  • Royal Youmzain (GER)
  • Trais Fluors (IRE)

The stc 1351 Cup Entries (8:35 am E.T.)

  • Dark Power (BAH)
  • Ghoul (USA)
  • Glorious Journey (UAE)
  • Graignes (GB)
  • Holy Day (KSA)
  • King Malpic (FR)
  • Larchmont Lad (KSA)
  • Legends of War (USA)
  • Momkin (KSA)
  • Mubtasim (UAE)
  • Royal Intervention (GB)
  • Sir Dancealot (GB)
  • Speak in Colours (IRE)
  • Suedois (GB/UAE)

Longines Turf Cup Entries (9:10 am E.T.)

  • Cross Counter (UAE)
  • Prince of Arran (GB)
  • Called to the Bar (FR)
  • Call the Wind (FR)
  • Dee Ex Bee (UAE)
  • Hibou (GB)
  • Contango (IRE)
  • Twilight Payment (IRE)
  • Downdraft (IRE)
  • Mekong (GB)
  • Mafaaheem (UAE)
  • True Self
  • King’s Advice
  • Dramatic Device

Obaiya Arabian Classic (9:45 am E.T.)

Local entries

The Jockey Club Local Handicap (10:30 am E.T)

Local entries

Saudi Derby Entries (11:10 am E.T.)

  • Billy Batts (USA)
  • Rowdy Yates (USA)
  • Down On Da Bayou (UAE)
  • Full Flat (JPN)
  • Aan Alawan (KSA)
  • Bella Fever (URU)
  • Cherokee Trail (GB)
  • Final Song (UAE)
  • Lake Causeway (UAE)
  • Malafekh (KSA)
  • Mishriff (KSA)
  • Mor’edah (KSA)
  • Rajee Allah (KSA)
  • Rowdy Yates (USA)
  • Tamaari (KSA)

The Saudia Sprint Entries (11:50 am E.T.)

  • Imperial Hint (USA)
  • Gladiator King (UAE)
  • Engage (USA)
  • New York Central (KSA)
  • Drafted (UAE)
  • Manguzi (KSA)
  • Captain Scotty (USA)
  • Matera Sky (JPN)
  • Maypole (KSA)
  • Beau Warrior (KSA)
  • Indelible Ink (KSA)
  • Mesquite (KSA)
  • Muhtaram (KSA)
  • Sobre Action (KSA)

Saudi Cup (12:40 pm E.T.) – see entries above.

Conclusion

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!

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