The $20m Saudi Cup, world’s richest horserace, will host it’s second edition in Riyadh on Febbruary 19-20 next year, according to Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA).
Prince Bandar revealed that prize money across the Saudi Cup card would buck the global trend and increase from $29.2m to $30.5m. Scheduled a week earlier than the inaugural event, the free to enter, free to run 1,800m $20m Saudi Cup remains the highlight of an eight-race card, which now features a boost to the prize money of three dirt races on the undercard.
The 1,600m Saudi Derby sees an increase from $800,000 to $1.5m. The Obaiya Cup for Purebred Arabians held over 2,000m will now be worth $2m, up from $1.9m while the purse for the Jockey Club Local Handicap will double to $1m up from $500,000.
The Saudi Cup will once again see 14 of the world’s best jockeys – seven women, five international men and two Saudi-based jockeys, compete for a championship purse of $100,000 and 15 percent of prize money.