The Saudi Cup, the world’s most valuable race, achieves Group 1 status after only two renewals


David Egan celebrates aboard Mishriff after winning the 2021 Saudi Cup for John Gosden and Prince AA Faisal.

Saudi Arabia has been promoted from a Part III to Part II racing country in the International Cataloguing Standards (ICS) Book by the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC).

At the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ (IFHA) Executive Council meeting in Paris. it was also agreed that six races in Saudi Arabia would be promoted to International Group Status in Part 1 (under the Other Races section).

The Saudi Cup, won by Mishriff in 2021, becomes a Group 1 in only its third year, highlighting the prestige in which the race is held internationally, while all five races on The Saudi Cup undercard achieve Group 3 status.


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