Saudi Arabia’s Jockey Club has declared five new support races into the world’s richest race.
On the back of showing the 20 million dollar feature event it has been announced there will be three races to be conducted on a new turf course to precisely the exact identical card.
There will be a remaining impairment over just short of 2 kilometers, value $1.5 million into the winner, even a competition over a protracted 10 furlongs, value $1 million, and also a sprint over nearly seven furlongs with exactly the identical prize money available.
There’ll also be a dirt rush and a over a mile restricted to three-year-olds around February 29.
Frankie Dettori has ridden in Saudi Arabia earlier and is a fan of the dirt program.
“The grade of the dirt trail at Riyadh is second to none,” he explained.
“I’ve ridden European horses on it, plus they just take to it really well, and the new turf track will give the day much more allure.
“The welcome awaiting some jockey competing at the Kingdom is exceptional. The hospitality of this racing fraternity is excellent, and there’s a passion for the game. I hope I will be there on the starting line come February 29.”
John Gosden was yet another to offer his support for the venture.
He explained:”These races will probably provide terrific aims for a variety of horses – from sprinters to stayers, and a shuttle race for three-year-olds that is worth a good deal more than the early Classics.
“I am already thinking about which horses I might take.”
The Saudi Cup will be staged in the King Abdulaziz racetrack – along with HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club Of Saudi Arabia, is excited about staging turf racing.
“We think the new races can help make Saudi Cup Day a fantastic sporting event, and we will be delighted to welcome foreign competitors to these new races,” he said.
“I am particularly pleased that we’ll be having drifting racing in Riyadh for the very first time. Things are beginning to take shape.”