Saudi Cup 2021: The New Richest Race Guide

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Start Date: 20/02/2021 End Date: 20/02/2021

This is a guide for the inaugural Saudi Cup Festival. You will know:

  • What is the race about.
  • Tickets Info with runners and odds.
  • Travel info to Riyadh.

Have a look:

Saudi Cup Day Races

For the very first time, Riyadh is hosting a G1 race at the King Abdulaziz race track, the Saudi Cup. The inaugural run has some of the best runners in the world, as a result of the highest purse in all horse racing competitions, standing at a staggering $30.5 million ($15.5 million for the winner). In 2020 the Saudi Cup purse was $20.5 million.

  • The Saudi Cup was on Saturday, February 20th, 2021.  Dates for 2022 are yet to be confirmed.
  • Mishriff is the winner of the 2021 Saudi Cup.

Most of the runners, such as McKinzie, competed in the Breeder’s Cup and will participate in the Dubai World Cup. There’s a total of 8 races, with the primary ones being the Saudi Cup, and the Turf Handicap. The cup is a dirt race on 1800m distance (9 furlongs) for thoroughbreds 4 years old and older.

Vital Travel Info to Riyadh

Before you decide to make your trip, there some things you must know:

  • Most countries need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. See the official visa applications to be sure.
  • When entering the racecourse, you must bring your ID.
  • Due to changes in 2019, Women visiting Saudi Arabia are not obliged to wear the abaya, but are required to ‘dress modestly’.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in Saudi Arabia.


Ticket Info for the Saudi Cup

Depending on what you’re looking for, tickets sale for 2 different days including regular tickets and hospitality.

Kingdom Day tickets on February 28th open at midday as the first race begins at 3:20 PM and the last race at 7:00 PM. The gates for Saudi Cup Day on February 29th open at midday and the first race starts at 4:00 PM and the last race at 8:40 PM.

Kingdom Day Tickets: Prices for the grandstand are $25 and $40 for paddock enclosure, including the winners’ circle. Hospitality tickets range from $500 to $18,000 for the top luxury experience.
Saudi Cup Day Tickets: Prices begin from $50 for the grandstand to $60 for the paddock winners circle view. Hospitality tickets range from $650 to $850.

Saudi Cup Day 2020 Top 3 Results

200 meters to the final, Mucho Gusto was edging to clinch the inaugural Saudi Cup. Maximum Security had other plans though. With a steady race from jockey Luis Saez, Maximum Security raced to victory while Midnight Bisou pushed the thoroughbred all the way to the end.

The now retired Maximum Security, left owners West and trainer Jason Servis with a great legacy and massive payday.

  • 1st– Maximum Security| Odds: 5/2 | Trainer: J. Servis | Jockey: Luis Saez
  • 2nd– Midnight Bisou| Odds: 8/1| Trainer: S. Asmussen | Jockey: M. Smith
  • 3rd– Benbatl | Odds: 11/2 | Trainers: S. Suroor | Jockey: O. Murphy


Saudi Cup Day Ante Post Runners and Odds 2021

The first list of runners and odds (Ante Post) is promising for a lively race. Charlatan the Malibu Stakes 2020 Winner decided to skip Pegasus World Cup for the biggest prize Saudi Cup. Knicks Go and Swiss Skydiver (Preakness 2020 Winner) are also among the runners in the list.

*Runners are due to be removed and added until the final list is complete. 

Pick your runner from the list (odds from William Hill):

Latest Update: 21st February 2021.

  • Charlatan – 13/8
  • Knicks Go – 9/4
  • Mishriff – 7/1 (Saudi Cup 2021 Winner)
  • Military Law – 14/1
  • Tacitus – 14/1
  • Chuwa Wizard – 14/1
  • Global Giant – 22/1
  • Bangkok – 33/1
  • Extra Elusive – 33/1
  • Max Player – 40/1
  • Great Scot – 40/1
  • Sleepy Eyes Todd – 40/1
  • Simsir – 50/1
  • Derevo – 50/1
  • Cariblanco – 66/1
Pick Your Runner


 The Modern King Abdulaziz Racecourse

Riyadh has been renovating to be a top-class tourist host city, and so it only fits they will do the same with the racecourse. The King Abdul Aziz racecourse (also referred to as the Equestrian Field) has all requirements for a brilliant day at the races.

The STRI group, who also set the mile at Ascot and the Wimbledon tennis matches, the turf and dirt are ready to host the best runners on the globe.

The grandstand of the Riyadh racecourse can seat 5000 people, and some cafes that serve affordable bites. Other sections of the Abdul Aziz racecourse include the trackside and the hospitality area (see the ticket info for more info).

So Why Saudi Cup Day Races?

There’s always a special feeling being at an inaugural race, especially when the runners and racecourse are top quality. Compared to other horse racing experiences, this one stands out for its uniqueness. Book your Saudi Cup experience now.

When Do The Gates Open On Saudi Cup Day?

From midday (12:00 PM), February 29th, 2020.

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