The Saudi Cup is a new event in the world of Equestrian Racing. 2021 is the second year for this event, boasting the world’s biggest prize money. It is scheduled to take place this February. Saudi’s Vision 2030 plan is helping the country gain an international presence in sports, entertainment and tourism. Not only are they working on world class events, but also highlighting the inclusion of women in and at these events. For more information, the official website is below. You can find out all you need to know to attend this event, scheduled in Riyadh, the capital city.
The following is an excerpt from one article, copied from “thesaudicup.com” website.
“Saudi Cup 2021”
“Saudi Arabia Announces Second Renewal of World’s Richest Race $20m Saudi Cup Highlight of Boosted $30.5m Raceday February 20, 2021”
“Saudi Cup card prize money hike & new $500,000 international race to feature
King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Riyadh, September 29, 2020: The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) today (Tuesday) announced the return of the world’s richest horse race, the $20m Saudi Cup, as well as a prize money increase and a new international race, all scheduled to take place February 19 – 20, 2021.
At a series of press events held via video link from King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, HRH Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, was keen to build on the success of the inaugural Saudi Cup.
“It’s hard to overstate the success of Saudi Cup 2020 when you consider that in year one of a brand-new international racing event, we attracted some of the very best horses, trainers and jockeys in the world,” he said. “We witnessed 22 individual Group or Grade 1 winners, who had accumulated an impressive 34 wins at that level between them. That would be an excellent statistic for even the most well-established race meetings in the world, let alone to have that calibre in year one.”
The first staging of the Saudi Cup weekend showcased a number of “firsts” for the Kingdom and saw the JCSA plan and deliver two days of racing on the world stage. As well as raising the profile of Saudi Arabia as a racing and sporting venue, the event successfully introduced the country’s first turf track, a surface acclaimed by jockeys and trainers, and celebrated the first female jockeys not only to ever ride under rules in the country, but also to win races.
During a day of press Q&As, held by video link in different time zones around the world, Prince Bandar revealed that prizemoney across the Saudi Cup card would buck the global trend and increase from $29.2m to $30.5m.”