Issue 750

20 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 THE 2022 SAUDI CUP meeting has attracted over 700 entries from 22 different countries, including a remarkable 71 international Group One winners, all vying to pick up some of the $35.1 million prize money across the two days on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February. Reigning Saudi Cup champion Mishriff has already achieved impressive career earnings of $15 million, a figure that currently leaves him ninth in the list of history’s highest earning Thoroughbreds. If he were to record a historic second successive triumph in the third running of the 1800m Saudi Cup, to be run as a Group One for the first time this year, he would become the highest earning racehorse of all time, eclipsing Australian wondermare Winx. Japan, a country that won two races on last year’s Saudi Cup card, is responsible for over 90 entries at the meeting and is set to be represented in the Saudi Cup by T O Keynes, most recently seen landing the Champions Cup, a qualifying race for the Saudi Cup. Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Marche Lorraine is another who could take her place in the $20 million contest. There is a strong US contingent with over 150 entries, including a number of classy contenders for the Saudi Cup. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and 2021 Saudi Cup fourth Knicks Go has been given an entry, along with Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile champion Life Is Good. Other possible runners from the US include Hot Rod Charlie, Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon. South American superstar Aero Trem, currently in Dubai, has been entered, while there are some interesting European contenders, including Group One winners Sealiway, Skaletti and Pyledriver. SAUDI CUP NEWS Defending champion heads Saudi Cup entries Life Is Good Pyledriver Knicks Go Mishriff T O Keynes