The 2022 Saudi Cup is back for another go from Riyadh, and will once again feature the “richest horse race” in the world. The prize money is $20M dollar. Keep reading this article to know about the schedule, post time, field, race card, and more.
The Saudi Cup is charged with raising awareness of horse racing in the country and encouraging participation among men and women throughout the sport. It also aims to promote Saudi Arabia at an international level, acting as a marker for the Kingdom’s transformational journey, encouraging tourism and investment.
The Saudi Cup was established in 2020 and organized by the Jockey Club. This is a two-day international racing festival. The prize money of $20M dollar makes it the world’s most valuable race.
The meeting traditionally takes place at the end of February at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the total prize money for this year’s Saudi Cup day card, which features dirt and turf races that regularly attract the world’s highest-rated racehorses, is $31.5M dollar.
Jockeys collect 15 points for a victory with the next four finishers scoring 10, 7, 4, and 2 points. In addition to prize money earned in a race, competing jockeys share a prize pot of $100,000 dollars.
When and Where is the 2022 Saudi Cup?
Date: The event will be held on Saturday, 26th February.
Post Time: The undercard race will begin at 8 am ET and the 2022 Saudi Cup post time is 12:35 p.m. ET.
Venue: The event will take place at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
|Event Name||Distance||Post Time (ES)||Purse||Track Surface|
|Neom Turf Cup||2100 meters||7:45 a.m.||$1.5 million||Turf|
|1351 Turf Sprint||1351 meters||8:25 a.m.||$1.5 million||Turf|
|Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap||3000 meters||9:05 a.m.||$2.5 million||Turf|
|Jockey Club Local Handicap||1800 meters||9:45 a.m.||$1 million||Dirt|
|Obaiya Arabian Classic||2000 meters||10:25 a.m.||$2 million||Dirt|
|Saudi Derby||1600 meters||11:05 a.m.||$1.5 million||Dirt|
|Riyadh Dirt Sprint||1200 meters||11:45 a.m.||$1.5 million||Dirt|
|Saudi Cup||1800 meters||12:35 p.m.||$20 million||Dirt|
Saudi Cup Race Card and Group:
Here is the full race card for Saturday, February 26.
- Race 1 – Group 3, $1.5M Neom Turf Cup
- Race 2 – Group 3, $1.5M 1351 Turf Sprint
- Race 3 – Group 3, $2.5M Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap
- Race 4 – $1M Jockey Club Local Handicap
- Race 5 – Group 2, $2M Obaiya Arabian Classic
- Race 6 – Group 3, $1.5M Saudi Derby
- Race 7 – Group 3, $1.5M Riyadh Dirt Sprint
- Race 8 – Group 1, $20M Saudi Cup
Field and Odds:
Here is a look at the field for the 2022 Saudi Cup (trainer and jockey in parentheses) with morning-line odds. The two numbers by each runner’s name first represent the program number, then the post position.
- (2) Aero Term (Antonio Cintra, Vagner Leal), 30-1
- (9) Art Collector (Bill Mott, Luis Saez), 8-1
- (1) Country Grammer (Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat), 12-1
- (5) Emblem Road (Mitab Almulawah, Wigberto S. Ramos), 40-1
- (7) Magny Cours (Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzalona), 20-1
- (10) Making Miracles (Mitab Almulawah, Alexis Moreno), 40-1
- (6) Mandaloun (Brad Cox, Florent Geroux), 5-2
- (3) Midnight Bourbon (Steve Asmussen, Joel Rosario), 4-1
- (14) Mishriff (John and Thady Gosden, David Egan), 9-2
- (4) Real World (Saeed bin Suroor, Frankie Dettori), 20-1
- (11) Sealiway (Francis-Henri Graffard, Ryan Moore), 20-1
- (12) Secret Ambition (Bhupat Seemar, Tadhg O’Shea), 30-1
- (8) T O Keynes (Daisuke Takayanagi, Kohei Matsuyama), 10-1
- (13) Marche Lorraine (Yoshito Yahagi, Christophe Soumillon), 20-1
- (15) Great Scot (Abdulrahman Moshrif Al Kahtani, TBD), 50-1
- (16) Alkhateeb (M. Aldugish, TBD), 50-1
How to Watch the Saudi Cup Horse Racing in 2022?
The 2022 Saudi Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in the United States, while Sky Sports will broadcast the event in the United Kingdom.
The coverage will air Saturday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on FS2.
The scheduled post time for the Saudi Cup is 12:40 p.m. The undercard will air live from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET on FS2 and feature 6 group stakes races.
Saudi Cup TV channels for each territory:
- USA: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sport 2
- Canada: TSN
- UK: Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV
- Ireland: Virgin
- Middle East: Saudi TV
- South America: ESPN Latin America
It will be the third running of the race and the first since it was promoted to Group 1 status. The total prize money for the race is $20 million.
- Winner: $10,000,000
- 2nd: $3,500,000
- 3rd: $2,000,000
- 4th: $1,500,000
- 5th: $1,000,000
- 6th: $600,000
- 7th: $500,000
- 8th: $400,000
- 9th: $300,000
- 10th: $200,000
It is no secret that there’s a lot of money in the Middle East. Still, for the world of horse racing, the more than $31.5 million in prize money for the Saudi Cup 2022 takes it to another level.