Saudi Cup: Emblem Road shocks 80/1 to win $20 million prize; Mishriff well beaten for John Gosden’s team | Race News

Emblem Road and Wigberto Ramos pulled off a huge shock to clinch the $20m Saudi Cup in Riyadh for local coach Mitab Almulawah at odds of 80/1.

The four-year-old entered the race with six wins from his eight starts, although he was apparently missing the heavyweight class like defending champion Mishriff and American contenders Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon.

But while a breakneck pace early on brought the strike closer and market leaders fell by the wayside, it was Emblem Road and Ramos who took full advantage as they charged on the outside, beating Bob by half. Baffert-trained Country Grammar and Flavien Prat. a length.

Steven Asmussen’s Midnight Bourbon was back in third with fellow locally trained Making Miracles – 2019 Chester Cup winners – remaining well in fourth.

Mishriff struggled early on and was eventually well beaten for David Egan and John & Thady Gosden, while a slow start from Real World and Frankie Dettori ended any chance for the Saeed Bin Surror-trained runner.

Panamanian jockey Ramos, 53, said: “I knew he had a chance, but now that he has won the Saudi Arabian Cup, I can’t believe it.

“I waited a bit and took my horse outside and I knew he would find it for me. I didn’t hear a thing. I just wanted the finish line to do this thing.

Christophe Lemaire scored a quadruple at the Saudi Cup meeting in Riyadh.

“It was difficult to choose between the two horses (Emblem Road and his stable mate Making Miracles) but I chose well.

“It’s definitely the best moment of my career. I’ve been here in Arabia for 24 years.

Earlier on the map, favorite Authority (7/4) handed Japan victory in the opener by winning the Group 3 Neom Turf Cup for Christophe Lemaire – who scored a quadruple that day – and Tetsuya Kimura .

Lemaire quickly got the five-year-old out of the gates, hitting the front and piling the runners behind.

This included William Muir’s Pyledriver, which failed to settle and ran three wide under jockey Martin Dwyer.

As Pyledriver withered in the final two furlongs, Authority stacked him in front and wasn’t to catch, eventually landing a length behind Kaspar in second and Ebaiyra in third.

Japan also clinched the Group Three 1351 Turf Sprint, with Songline giving jockey Lemaire a one-two finish that day.

Lemaire and Songline took the lead from favorite Naval Crown and James Doyle on the final corner, before repelling the final challenge from Happy Romance and Tom Marquand.

And in the following race, Lemaire made it three out of three as Stay Foolish sped forward to clinch the Group Three Red Sea Turf Handicap for trainer Yoshito Yahagi, before the French jockey bagged one. fourth on the day with Dancing Prince taking Group Three Riyad Dirt Sprint for Keisuke Miyata.

Pinehurst won the group three Saudi Derby match for US trainer Bob Baffert and rider Flavien Prat.

The pace looked strong with Pinehurst in the top three and that speed seemed to open the door for something to pounce on late, with Sekifu and Christian Demuro charging on the outside, but the American horse managed to hang on from a half -line length. .

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