Sports Information Services says it expects the upcoming Saudi Cup horseracing meet-up to “surpass all others.”

Sports Information Services, SIS

The 2024 edition, which starts on Saturday, offers a US$20m field, with top horses from 12 countries competing.

For the first time, the SIS Group is facilitating fixed odds on the event, including early prices and derivatives, in Colorado through sportsbook operator bet365.

Michele Fischer, vice president of SIS Content Services, said: “Through our five-year relationship with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, we have seen tremendous growth on Saudi Cup day as well as interest in their domestic racing.

“As the richest horse race in the world, the Saudi Cup attracts the top horses from all over the globe. We expect this year to surpass all others.”

The $20m Saudi Cup field is dominated by US and Japanese horses, including five American runners.

Japan sends five horses, led by Breeders’ Cup runner-up, Derma Sotogata, while three horses will represent the Middle East’s connection to the race.

On the pari-mutuel side, Hong Kong Jockey Club will host World Pools on races 3-9 from King Abdulaziz Racecourse with operators from countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and Uruguay.

On behalf of SIS, PGI will host international common pools on the bet types not offered by HKJC.