Gosden bags the Saudi loot with Mishriff

John Gosden.

The John Gosden-trained Mishriff (Ire) under the 21-year-old David Egan, came through to win the $20-milion Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday for Saudi national Prince Faisal.

Charlatan and Knicks Go took it to one another right from the start, with Charlatan leading down the backstretch, Knicks Go putting his head in front around the turn and Charlatan taking over once again at the top of the lane, but Mishriff was never far out of it.

Knicks Go called it a day at the top of the stretch and it was down to Charlatan and Mishriff, with the latter at last collaring the game American at the 100 metre mark and getting there 3/4 of a length the best. Great Scot (GB) got up for third, and Knicks Go was fourth.

Mishriff, whose only previous race on dirt came when second in the 2020 Saudi Derby, was winning for the fifth time in nine career starts.

This was the second running of what is billed as the world’s richest race, offering $10 million to the winner. The first-place prize money from the inaugural running, won by Maximum Security, has not been paid due to the criminal charges against the horse’s trainer, Jason Servis, in the United States that were filed just over a week after his victory in Saudi Arabia. Prince Bandar, head of the Saudi Cup, said in an interview he expects the purse situation to be settled in about six weeks.