Saudi Cup win to the Brits

With two American runners top favourites, it was the UK's Mishriff who took the big prize.

MISHRIFF.
MISHRIFF. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

It was a great result for John Gosden and his 21yo jockey David Egan as Mishriff, who had run second in the Saudi Derby in 2020, showed that his knowledge of the track and conditions were invaluable.  Prize money (considerable)  goes to the first 10, so in the following order Charlatan, Great Scot ( a huge improvement on his 12th last year), Knicks Go (who had started favourite), Sleepy Eyes Todd, Military Law, Tacitus (with William Buick the sub), Bangkok (the US$400,000 probably more than he could make in a year in the UK), Chuwa Wizard and Derevo.

Good start to the undercard when the Willie Mullins-trained True Self won the Neom Turf Cup with Hollie Doyle adding to her international trophies.  True Self won the QEII at Flemington in November and also ran in the Caulfield Cup, plus he's part Aussie as OTI have a share of him.

Godolphin's Space Blue won the Turf Sprint for Appleby-Buick and then the Saeed bin Suroor trained Gifts of Gold won the Red Sea Turf.  Red Verdon was fourth.

The Japanese came into the picture in the Saudi Derby with Pink Kamehameha winning and then they took the first two spots in the Dirt Sprint with Copano Kicking 10/1 just nudging out Makera Sky.

Foir the record the International Jockeys contest on Friday was won by Shane Foley who rode two of the four winners.


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