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Nearly 1000 Entries for Inaugural Saudi Cup Program

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The inaugural US$29.2-million Saudi Cup program, to be held at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in the capital of Riyadh Saturday, Feb. 29, has attracted 964 entries from connections of horses from all corners of the globe.

The meeting’s centerpiece is the $20-million Saudi Cup at 1800 meters on dirt and attracted over 140 nominations from 60 different from four continents, representing 16 countries.

The world’s richest horse race has entries from Argentina, Bahrain, Japan, Korea, Poland and Turkey, but American runners figure to take all the beating. Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), a shoe-in for the champion older female Eclipse Award, heads a trio of ‘Killer Ms,’ a group that also includes likely champion 3-year-old Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) and Eclipse finalist and ‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense). Other names of note from the U.S. include ‘Rising Star’ Gift Box (Twirling Candy), his stablemate Higher Power (Medaglia d’Oro), Mo Forza (Uncle Mo), Seeking the Soul (Perfect Soul {Ire}), GI Belmont S. hero Sir Winston (Awesome Again), GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Spun to Run (Hard Spun), Tacitus (Tapit) and Tax (Arch).

Some interesting names appear among the foreign entries, including champion Japanese dirt horse Chrysoberyl (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}; Korean-based Blue Chipper (Tiznow), third in the Dirt Mile; fellow Korean star Dolkong (Afleet Alex); Godolphin turf stars Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}); GI Belmont S. and G1 Dubai World Cup runner-up Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}); Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}); and Japanese turf G1SW Mozu Ascot (Frankel {GB}).

“The response to the Saudi Cup from the international racing community has been fantastic,” said Tom Ryan, Director of Strategy and International Racing for the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia. “We couldn’t be happier with the entries that we’ve received and we are now fully focused on putting on a spectacular first Saudi Cup race day to live up to the calibre of these entries.”

For the complete entries click here.

This story will be updated…



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