Saudi Cup

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Saudi Cup
Location Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Inaugurated2020 [1]
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1,800 meters
Track King Abdulaziz Racetrack
Saudi Cup
Owner Michael Tabor.svg Owner Bloom Racing Stable.svg Owner Godolphin.svg
Maximum SecurityMidnight BisouBenbatl

The Saudi Cup is an international horse race held at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the richest horse race ever held, with a $20 million purse. [2] The first edition of the race was held on February 29, 2020. It was won by an American horse, Maximum Security, ridden by Luis Saez.


Race details

The race is notable for its 20 million dollar purse, [3] which makes it the most lucrative event in horse racing. [4]

The race is held four weeks after the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, Florida, and four weeks before the $12 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, making it possible for horses in those races to compete. [3]

In 2021, the Pegasus World Cup and the Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse, Japan were 'Win and You're In' qualifiers for the Saudi Cup.

Other 'Win and You're In' races for Saudi Cup day are the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf as a qualifier for the Middle Distance Turf Cup, and the Capella Stakes as a qualifier for the Riyadh Dirt Sprint.


2020 Maximum Security 4 Luis Saez Jason Servis Gary L & Mary E West, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor & D Smith1:50.59
2021 Mishriff 4 David Egan John Gosden Prince Abdul Rahman al Faisal1:49.59

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