Mishriff to take Saudi Cup challenge | Racing News

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Mishriff is being ready for the $20million Saudi Cup in Riyadh subsequent month.

The four-year-old has earlier expertise of the dust course there, having completed second within the Saudi Derby final winter earlier than occurring to raise the French Derby at Chantilly in July after profitable the Newmarket Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained colt accomplished a hat-trick within the Prix Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville in August and was final seen within the Champion Stakes at Ascot on his solely subsequent begin.

Ted Voute, racing supervisor to proprietor Prince Faisal, stated: “John’s preparing him for the race. The Prince and him discussed it in late December and the Prince lives in Riyadh.

“It’s on a dust monitor which he dealt with final yr when he got here second. We’re going again a furlong, however we hope it will not inconvenience him.

“It’s something to look forward to. There’s not a lot for him at home until probably June. Last year he went out there and (then) won the French Derby which was the same sort of timing. It gives him a few months off after he comes back.”

Voute confirmed that David Egan will likely be within the saddle.

“He’s in Bahrain at the moment so he’s nice and close,” he added.

“We’ve contacted him already and he says he’ll be delighted to ride him. He’s retained by us, but for one reason or another he didn’t get back on him last year (after Newmarket).”

More than 100 horses from 9 nations and a complete of 17 Group One winners have been entered for the Saudi Cup.

Among different British entries are Roger Charlton’s Extra Elusive, Saeed bin Suroor’s Military March, the Charlie Hills-trained Tilsit and William Haggas’ Addeybb, winner of the Champion Stakes.

A very robust American challenge on a race gained final yr by Maximum Security consists of the Bob Baffert-trained Charlatan and Kenny McPeek’s Preakness Stakes heroine Swiss Skydiver.

Japan’s not too long ago topped Dirt Horse of the Year, Chuwa Wizard, might additionally line up having gained an automated spot when profitable the Champions Cup at Chukyo final month.

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