Saudi Arabia Racing Recap

This past Saturday saw the world’s richest horse race take place in the form of the Saudi Cup. Before the main event, there were four Grade 3 contests that filled the rest of the cards in the form of the Neom Turf Cup, 1351 Turf Sprint, Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap, and Riyadh Dirt Sprint.

The graded action began with the Neom Turf Cup. The heavy favorite for the contest was Missed The Cut who was looking to back up his success in the Golden Gate Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. What was meant to be a tight contest turned into a procession with the John Gosden-trained Mostahdaf striding clear for an easy victory.

In the 1351 Turf Sprint, the Japanese-trained Songline was attempting to record a second successive victory in the race but would ultimately end up falling short with the race falling to fellow Japanese-trained Bathrat Leon.

The Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap was expected to be a battle between several of Europe’s best stayers but the race saw another win for the Japanese as Silver Sonic would run out an easy winner.

The Riyadh Dirt Sprint acted as the perfect appetizer to the Saudi Cup and it wasn’t a race that disappointed. The Bill Mott-trained Elite Power backed up his win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint to run out a cozy winner of this prestigious prize.

Neom Turf Cup

Grade 3, 1 mile and 2.5 furlongs, Turf, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $1.5 million

  1. Mostahdaf
  2. Dubai Future
  3. Flying Visit

The red-hot racing action on this year’s Saudi Cup card kicked off with the Neom Turf Cup. In what turned out to be one of the most dominating victories of the entire meeting, the John Gosden-trained Mostahdaf romped home for victory, bagging one of the biggest races of his career in style.

The early running of the race was picked up by Eagles Flight and the outsider led the field until the home turn. Looking to kick on, his challenge quickly faded, as Mostahdaf who had stalked his every move, kicked for home. The response was immediate as he quickly drew clear from the rest of the field, recording one of the most emphatic victories of the day. Dubai Future would go onto score a comfortable second-place finish whilst Flying Visit would snatch third at a huge price.

Neom Turf Race Video


Mostahdaf wins the G3 Neom Turf Cup by 7 lenghts #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horses #Sports #Horsesoftiktok #FYP #Horse

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1351 Turf Sprint

Grade 3, Seven furlongs, Turf, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $1.5 million

  1. Bathrat Leon
  2. Casa Creed
  3. Raaed

Japanese horse racing had a momentous day at this year’s Saudi Cup and the success was kicked off with Bathrat Leon’s victory in this year’s 1351 Turf Sprint.

Japanese hopes looked to rest with Songline, the heroic winner of last year’s contest. However, it was clear that something was amiss this time as the defending champion could only finish tenth.

With Songline foundering, it was her compatriot Bathrat Leon who took home the prize following a truly superb ride from Ryusei Sakai.

Breaking alertly, Sakai quickly took Bathrat Leon to the front of the field and it would end up being a position he wouldn’t relinquish.

Kicking nicely off the home turn, it looked like Bathrat Leon had the race all sewn up, but as he hit the final furlong he started to paddle and his competitors looked set to make their move.

Casa Creed out of the Bill Mott yard looked to be the biggest danger and with every stride, he looked to be rapidly closing the gap. It looked like Casa Creed had timed his run to perfection but with just a few yards to go, he would end up being denied by the brave Bathrat Leon.

This year’s renewal of the 1351 produced the best finish of the day. Whilst the top two could barely be separated, it was Raaed who would go onto secure a distant third.

1351 Turf Sprint Race Video


Bathrat Leon (JPN) claims the G3 Turf Sprint by a head over US horse Casa Creed #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horses #Sports #Horsesoftiktok #FYP

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Longines Red Sea Turf Cup Handicap

Grade 3, 1 mile seven furlongs, Turf, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $1.5 million

  1. Silver Sonic
  2. Enemy
  3. Get Shirty

Fresh off Japanese success in the 1351, more would follow in this year’s Longines Red Sea Turf Cup.

Thirteen runners were declared for this year’s renewal, with well over half of the field containing runners from Britain. British hopes rested with Trawlerman and Subjectivist, but both wouldn’t have the impact that their connections would have hoped for finishing the race well down the field.

It was Subjectivist, who was making his first appearance in almost two years who led the field up until the runners hit the two-furlong pole.

Showing signs of fatigue, he quickly dropped anchor and it was Silver Sonic who took up the running.

With 1000 meters to go, he showed a nice change of gears to streak clear from the rest of the pack. Heading for home, it was only the Ian Williams trained Enemy who looked to be of any real threat.

As the two battled well inside the final furlong, it looked like Enemy might catch his rival, but Silver Sonic proved to be too strong, running out a winner by a couple of lengths. This marked the second year in succession that the race had been won by a Japanese-trained horse.

Enemy finished in a clear second with Get Shirty finishing fast to bag third place.

Longines Red Sea Turf Cup Handicap Race Video


Silver Sonic wins the G3 Red Sea Turf Handicap by two-and-a-half lengths #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horses #Sports #Horsesoftiktok #FYP #Horse

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Riyadh Dirt Sprint

Grade 3, 6 furlongs, Dirt, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $1.5 million

  1. Elite Runner
  2. Gunite
  3. Remake

The final race before the Saudi Cup came in the form of the Riyadh Dirt Sprint. Japan were hoping for more success and had won this race in each of the two previous years.

Hopes were pinned on defending champion Dancing Prince but he would run a poor race and would end up finishing in eighth.

Instead, this was a race that ended up with one of the classiest horses of the day, Elite Runner showing why many believe he is one of the best horses in training.

Elite Runner headed into the race fresh off winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and had won his last five races.

Happy to let others dictate pace, Frankie Dettori had Elite Runner positioned halfway down the field. At two furlongs out, they made their move and started cutting through the field.

The race had been led Meraas, but with just a furlong to go he couldn’t last the pace. Both Gunite and Justin were in close attendance but it would be Elite Power who showed all of his class to breeze on by.

Once out in the open, there wasn’t anything that was going to stand in his way and he would go onto win comfortably.

Gunite made it an American 1-2, with Remake getting up in the shadows of the post to deny Justin third.

Riyadh Dirt Sprint Race Video


Elite Power overpowers rivals in the G3 Riyadh Dirt Sprint #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horses #Sports #Horsesoftiktok #FYP #Horse

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