Mishriff to take up the challenge of the Arabian Cup | Race news

Mishriff is preparing for the $ 20 million Saudi Cup in Riyadh next month.

The four-year-old has experienced the clay course before there, having finished second in the Saudi Derby last winter before lifting the French Derby at Chantilly in July after winning the Newmarket Stakes.

The colt trained by John Gosden achieved a hat-trick in the Prix Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville in August and was last seen in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in his only following start.

Ted Voute, racing director of owner Prince Faisal, said: “John is getting him ready for the race. He and the prince discussed it in late December and the prince lives in Riyadh.

“It was on a clay track that he faced last year when he came second. We’re looking back, but we hope he doesn’t mind.

“It’s something to look forward to. There isn’t much for him at home until probably June. Last year he went there and (then) won the French Derby which was the same kind of timing. he’s coming back. “

Voute has confirmed that David Egan will be in the saddle.

“He’s in Bahrain right now, so he’s kind and close,” he added.

“We’ve contacted him already and he says he’ll be happy to ride him. He’s being held by us, but for some reason he didn’t get back to him last year (after Newmarket).”

More than 100 horses from nine countries and a total of 17 Group 1 winners have been entered for the Saudi Cup.

Other British entries include Roger Charlton’s Extra Elusive, Saeed bin Suroor’s Military March, Charlie Hills-trained Tilsit and Champion Stakes-winner William Haggas’ Addeybb.

A particularly strong American challenge in a race won last year by Maximum Security included the Charlatan trained by Bob Baffert and Kenny McPeek’s heroine Preakness Stakes, Swiss Skydiver.

Chuwa Wizard, recently crowned Dirt Horse of the Year by Japan, could also line up after earning an automatic berth by winning the Champions Cup at Chukyo last month.

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