Gr1 Saudi Cup Trainer Comments on Drawn Post Position

21 February 2024, Riyadh, KSA ~ Trainer comments on Post Position for $20,000,000USD Saudi Cup, to be the 9th and last race on Saturday, 24 February 2024.

4YO+ All 1800m Dirt,SH 3YO+ All 1800m Dirt

Fourteen (14) horses entered:

Carmel Road (USA) – Gate 14

Abdullah Albadah, trainer: “I’m happy. He’s in good form, working well in the morning. Tough race, first time he’s run 1800m, hopefully he’ll run well.”

Derma Sotogake (JPN) – 13

Meisho Hario (JPN) – 12

Inao Okada, trainer: “The draw is not a big concern. He can race from any position.”

Ushba Tesoro (JPN) – 11

Shogo Hirose, owner’s representative: “Good to get.”

Manari Tanaka, representative: “I think he has improved since the Breeders’ Cup.”

Power In Numbers (USA) – 10

Ahmed Mohamoud, trainer. “Very happy. It’s the last number but we hope it will be the lucky number for us.”

Defunded (USA) – 9

Khalid bin Mishref, racing manager: “It was a good move from us to bring him early to Saudi Arabia, he’s acclimatised very well. We’re hoping that he’s capable to compete against those great horses.”

Hoist the Gold (USA) – 8

Dallas Stewart, trainer: “That’s the same number that Winning Colors [who he rode as an exercise rider] had when she won the Kentucky Derby [in 1988]. He travels well, he’s been to California three times, he went to New York, he looks terrific and is handling the track good.”

National Treasure (USA) – 7

Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer to Bob Baffert: “He’s got better and better, he’s beginning to put races together, he’s really matured and loves it here. Flavien Prat [jockey] will give him a good trip and that’s all you can ask for.”

Crown Pride (JPN) – 6

Masafumi Matsuda, assistant trainer: “He’s a versatile type of horse and can race form any position. It’s the best draw for him”

Saudi Crown (USA) – 5

Faisal Al Qahtani, owner: “Very happy.”

Senor Buscador (USA) – 4

Joe Peacock, jnr, owner: “He’s been training great, he’s training really well and the team have done a marvellous job. They were patient, he’s showing up to prove everything we wanted him to be. We’re having a fabulous time.”

Lemon Pop (USA) – 3

Harry Sweeney, of owners Godolphin: “We’ve enormous confidence in our jockey, in our last race we drew the very outside and a horse had never won from that position before. Lemon Pop overcame those odds. He’s going to have to do it again but we’ll see how it goes. It’s a big ask for Lemon Pop, we’re respectful of all.”

Isolate (USA) – 2

Doug Watson, trainer: “We wanted to be drawn 1 through 9 so we’ll take it.”

White Abarrio (USA) – 1

Rick Dutrow, trainer: “He had the two-hole last time, this can’t be a problem. We’ve got the best rider, one of the best horses. It’ll be fun. We’ll be ready. He really takes my breath away every time I see him.”