Riyadh — The CEO of the Horse Races Club and Secretary-General of the Equestrian Authority, Eng. Marwan Bin Abdulrahman Al-Olayan received a Guinness World Records certificate for the most expensive equestrian race on Saturday at the club’s headquarters in Riyadh.
Ahmed Bucheeri, the Guinness World Records adjudicator, presented the certificate and award at the King Abdulaziz Race Course.
The 2022 Saudi Cup broke the record as the most expensive horse race globally, with a monetary prize of $20 million. The Saudi Cup race prize money total $35.1 million, the most expensive horse racing prize globally.
Bucheeri announced, “On behalf of the Guinness World Records, I am pleased to announce that the 2022 Saudi Cup as the new Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive race in the world.”
He added that the Saudi Cup carried the biggest purse for an individual race, worth $20 million. The race was held at the King Abdulaziz Race Course in Riyadh on February 26, 2022.
The new Guinness World Record is now officially registered under the name of the Saudi Cup 2022. Earlier, the Dubai World Cup, with a prize of $10 million, was the most valuable race in the world.
For his part, Eng. Al-Olayan said he was delighted at the club’s success and said: “On behalf of myself and my colleagues, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to our leadership for the generous and continuous support that equestrian sport finds.”
“The club is working under the leadership and directives of Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al-Faisal. The chairman of the Equestrian High Commission and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Horse Racing Club. And we still aspire for more under the directives of the Crown Prince. The rest of my colleagues in the club and I thank them for their efforts in the club’s successes.”
“Emblem Road,” owned by Prince Saud Bin Salman Abdulaziz, won the 2022 Saudi Cup and the prize of $20 million.