The $20 million Saudi Cup to become world’s richest horse race
The race is currently offering an amazing $20 million prize purse — with a staggering $10 million behind the winning horse.
It’ll ruin the Dubai World Cup — using a bag of $12 million in 2019 — just as the most profitable prize as the kingdom of racing continues its own push onto the sporting stage.
“This is headline-grabbing material and it is about making a declaration about Saudi Arabia to announce itself into the racing world and create something which’s a statement of intent,” explained Alastair Donald, of international race promoter the International Racing Bureau.
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The nine-furlong dirt race will be contested at the King Abdulaziz racetrack in the capital of the country and comes following several recent sporting spectacles in the region.
Saudi Arabia has already hosted 2 Formula E races, even the Spanish Super Cup along with a number of European Tour golf events, and was the controversial place for Anthony Joshua’s much anticipated rematch from Andy Ruiz Jr. last year.
Human Rights groups have raised concerns that the rise in sporting spectacles is a part of an”sportswashing” system in the country — where governments use the hosting of major events to divert attention away from human rights problems.
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Felix Jakens,” Amnesty International UK’s Head of Campaigns, said participants in the brand new scene ought to realize it was”just the newest lucrative sporting event in Saudi Arabia’s attempts to’sportswash’ its abysmal human rights record.”
He added:”While the Saudi Cup’s eye-wateringly large prize cash is getting a great deal of focus, the dreadful human rights situation in Saudi Arabia is arguably the larger narrative.
“We’d ask everyone involved in the Saudi Cup to correctly acquaint themselves with all the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia and be ready to speak it out.”
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HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, the chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, said the event was”undoubtedly the most critical event in the history of horse racing in Saudi Arabia” and showed that the nation’s”ambition to become a top player” in the game.
Royalty is forecast to be linked with 10,000 audiences such as racing’s festival which will contain seven races over soil and turf.
Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori is expected to make the excursion to the Saudi Arabia along with a bunch of additional well-known riders.
Organizers said they were eager for female jockeys to take part in its running and Nicola Currie is place to ride in the occasion.
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On the track, a host of coaches stand a chance of claiming the bumper prize package.
American raider Maximum Security might be the star and is among the favorites to win the prize.
The four-year-old is probably the most renowned for his disqualification in the Kentucky Derby this past year despite winning in the maximum level.
This was the very first time a Derby”winner” had been denied success due to interference on the trail, and the horse was then pulled out of the second leg of the Triple Crown — the Preakness Stakes.
Maximum Security had resulted from wire to wire in the Derby but will confront his toughest contest in Saudi Arabia.
To claim the $10 million prize, he’ll need to beat the likes of Mucho Gusto, which won the $9 million Pegasus World Cup — formerly the world’s richest race — earlier this year.
Midnight Bisou and McKinzie are regarded as the other top contenders.