This gave Al Khalediah Stables and trainer Mutlaq Mushref a one-two in the world’s most valuable race for Arabians. Prince Fahad, representing winning owner said: “It means a lot to us; His Royal Highness Prince Khaled always wants to have the first in all races. We wish that the champ of last year won it this year; thank God we won this race with a Saudi jockey and got first and second places, which is a very good start to the year, and we hope to get better in the future.
“Our jockey won a Group 1 at the end of last month, so we were expecting a lot out of him. I think this horse is one of two future stars of Alkhalediah Stables. Hopefully we will see him in the Dubai Kahayla Classic, and hopefully he can win. We hope he repeats the love story of Tallaab Alkhalediah.”
Eddie Castro who rode Mutwakel Alkhaledia in second commented: "It was a nice race. My horse ran good. There are no excuses. I think maybe 2000 metres is a bit far for him. Maybe 1800 metres will be better for him."
It was a similar story from Cristian Demuro, who partnered Hajres, saying “He ran good. I think if the race was run over further, he would have finished second. Longer is better for him.”
All photo and video credits to The Saudi Cup.