THE INAUGURAL running of the Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Cup at King Abdulaziz Racecourse on Saturday almost provided a poignant success for Frankie Dettori on his first ride of 2022, only to be denied late on aboard Recovery Run in the 2100m turf contest.

Run in honour of the Juddmonte founder, leading owner and breeder who passed away last January, the race saw Dettori hit the front turning for home on the Allan Smith-trained Recovery Run but he was unable to hold off the late challenge of the ex-William Haggastrained Star Of Wins, who triumphed by almost three lengths under Camilo Ospina in the $266,000 contest.

Dettori enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with Prince Khalid, most notably through his partnership with dual Arc heroine Enable. Star Of Wins won two races for William Haggas in 2020 before moving to Saudi trainer Fawaz Alghareeban last year.

Salem Binmahfooz, director of racing at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, said: “It was a fantastic race and a fitting tribute to Prince Khalid who did so much for the sport during his lifetime. “Congratulations to all the connections of Star Of Wins, who put in an excellent performance to deny the challenge of Recovery Run.

“We are delighted to welcome these big international jockeys to King Abdulaziz Racecourse and overjoyed that the turf track rode so well and we received such positive feedback from the riders. “We couldn’t be happier with the first running and we look forward to seeing the race grow further in years to come."