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This is our first blog post for a few weeks, the reason being the weather and we decided not to risk anything until it settles down. We are safe today, as the weather in Saudi Arabia is set fair!
We are aware Cheltenham is in a couple of weeks and we have made plans for that week with our Blog line up, TBA in the next week, so keep your eyes out on Twitter!
Back to today & we take you on a trip to the heart of the Middle East, Riyadh, the Capital of Saudi Arabia is hosting the Richest meeting in the world, with the Richest race – The Saudi Cup, with a purpose built race course & we have a few thoughts on the card for you!
2.45 – Hajres – Is the mount of Christophe Soumillon and although won a grade 1 on the 11th August last year beating Mehdaaf Athbah by 3/4 of a length over 1m at Windsor, this looks a tougher race on paper, main danger comes in the shape of the highest rated Tallab Al Khalediah and 2nd highest rated Mutawakel Al Khalediah, although my preference is for the mount of Christophe as has lower milage on the clock and could still have more to offer.
4.50 – Gladiator King -Winner of last 2 starts at Meydan over 6f, beat Ibn Malik by a neck on the 2nd January and then returned to Meydan 28 days later and won again beating Truck Salesman by 1 length, Mickael Barzalona takes the ride today and another bold show can’t be ruled out.
5.40 – The Saudi Cup – The main contenders for this race are the American pair Maximum Security and Midnight Bisou who look the most likely to fight out the finish in this very prestigious race. Midnight Bisou has won 5 Grade 1 races in the States although hasn’t ran against the boys as yet. Maximum Security has won 8 starts from 9 and include 4 Grade 1 victories over 1m to 1m 2f.
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s races in Saudi Arabia, good luck if following, I will now hand you back over to Rich for his take on the card.
1.35 Sprint (Turf) – 6f 110yds….
Glorious Journey – The Newbury Group 2 7f Hungerford Stakes winner is fresh from a 3/4’s of a length win in the Group 2 7f Al Fahial from Mythical Magic in Meydan on January 23rd , the drop back in trip should be no issue & is Top Rated 114.
2.10 Handicap (Turf) – 1m 7f….
Call the Wind – Has been runner up in the last 3 starts. To Marmelo by 3/4’s of a length in the 1m 7f Group 2 Prix Kergorlay in August at Deauville. Again by 3/4’s of a length to Holdisthaisgreen on October 5th over 2m 3f at Longchamp in the Prix Du Cadran and when last seen on October 27th in the 1m 7f Prix De Royal Oak at Deauville to Technician by 1 & 3/4 lengths…
5.40 The Saudi Cup (Dirt) – 1m 1f….
Benbatl…. A 2 length winner of the group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 at Meydan on February 6th, when making his dirt debut. That was his 3rd win from last 4 starts having won at Newmarket in the 1m Group 2 Joel Stakes in September & made it 2 from 3 when winning at Meydan, when taking the 1m Group 2 on Turf on January 9th by 4 & 1/2 lengths.
The Main Danger could well be American raider Maximum Security, who won the Cigar Mile when last seen in December, with having already won the Grade 1 Belmont Invitational in July & the Grade 2 Bold Ruler 7f in October!
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for your patience & we look forward to bringing you another BIG Interview on Sunday at 7PM….
All the Best – Charlie & Rich
Pictures – Saudi Cup Twitter Account