Saudi Cup Group 1 Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiya Arabian Classic Entries

21 February 2024, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Riyadh on 24 February 2024

Headlined by the World’s Richest Race, The Saudi Cup worth US$20M, the top race will again attract the finest thoroughbreds and top jockeys from around the globe.

The further eight races are: the Ministry of Culture Jockey Club Local Handicap; the Group 1 Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiya Arabian Classic run by Purebred Arabian horses; the $2m Howden Neom Turf Cup; the $2.5M Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap, the $1.5m Boutique Group Saudi Derby, the National Housing Commission Saudi International Handicap, the Sports Boulevard Riyadh Dirt Sprint and the much loved, Saudi National Bank 1351 Turf Sprint. Off-the-track this is the pinnacle of Saudi style, sophistication and glamour.

Two Million Dollar Group 1 Obaiya Arabian Classic Entries

Track Notes from Wednesday 2/21/24 US$2m Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiyah Arabian Classic

Hiab Al Zaman (USA) – The Grade 1 winner looks to improve upon an eighth in last year’s race and a third timein the Al Maktoum Challenge R1 (G1) behind star stablemate RB Rich Lyke Me at Meydan.

“Hiab Al Zaman is much better than he was last year here because he came out of the race with pneumonia,” trainer Fawzi Nass explained.

“He gets blinkers for the first time. We’re trying to figure out a way to have him find his best form because we know he’s very talented and hasn’t really shown the Group 1 form he did in America. Hopefully the blinkers will help him focus, because he seems to pull himself up when someone comes to him. He gets discouraged.