In a thrilling finish to the second renewal of the world’s richest race, the $20 million Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh on Saturday, the John Gosden-trained Mishriff produced a late surge to catch the fancied American entry Charlatan in the final stages.

The French Derby winner was perfectly ridden by 21 year old Kildare jockey David Egan

The John Gosden-trained colt, owned by Prince Faisal, made his stamina tell over the 1800m after the fancied US duo Charlatan and Knicks Go had gone head to head in the early stages.

Egan was able to stay on their heels as the pair turned for home and after Knicks Go called it a day, Mishriff dug deep and gradually reduced Charlatan’s lead to get up in the closing stages.

Great Scot stayed on nicely and finished third. edging fourth-place Knicks Go out. Sleepy Eyes Todd was fifth.

Gosden told the Irish Examiner from his Newmarket base: “It was a wonderful performance. He showed a lot of grit and courage, and he was able to go the pace of the American horses. It was great.”

Egan said: “I can’t believe it. He’s an absolute champion. It’s unbelievable.”

The winner is a 4-year-old son of Make Believe.


What they earned:

1st Mishriff – $10m
2nd Charlatan – $3.5m
3rd Great Scot – $2m
4th Knicks Go – $1.5m
5th Sleepy Eyes Todd – $1m
6th Military Law – $600k
7th Tacitus – $500k
8th Bangkok – $400k
9th Chuwa Wizard – $300k
10th Derevo – $200k