Horse Racing In Riyadh
If horse racing is the sport of kings, then in Saudi, Riyadh reigns supreme. The city is home to the world’s richest horse race, the $20m Saudi Cup, but it is the driver behind the kingdom’s push to become a leading player on horse racing’s world stage.
Riyadh’s racing heartland can be found at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack: an imposing oval of green and sand illuminated by giant floodlights at night. The track is a showcase of Saudi’s long and unbroken equestrian heritage — the country’s founder King Abdulaziz was the last military leader to win his battles from the saddle, and his great grandson, Prince Bandar, is today chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia — and a must-see attraction.
Free family entertainment, gourmet food trucks and a trackside view of all the action are on offer across the weekend. Gates usually open to spectators at midday.
Saudi Cup prices are SR46.88 (about $12.50) for a child (aged 6-16; must be purchased with general admission ticket) while general admission is SR93.75 ($25). A premium paddock enclosure pass can be purchased for SR150 ($40), which gives you added access. Hospitality packages are also available.
If you’re visiting Saudi outside of the regular racing schedule but are keen to catch a race, there is also a summer season that takes place in the balmy hills of Taif from June until September.
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