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Saudi Cup 2022: Mishriff on course for big-race defence

Tue 11 Jan 2022

Mishriff is reportedly “even stronger” than last season ahead of his five-year-old campaign and first-stop defence of the Saudi Cup in Riyadh next month.

The John and Thady Gosden-trained globetrotter claimed the world’s richest race in February last year when beating Bob Baffert’s Charlatan by a length.

The victory kick-started a remarkable 2021 for the son of Make Believe, as he followed up in the Dubai Sheema Classic on the turf on World Cup next before adding a six-length triumph in the Group One Juddmonte International at York. He was last seen finishing fourth in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

What a performance! Mishriff is stunning in the 2021 Juddmonte International

“That’s his target, the Saudi Cup, and as far as I know everything is on track,” said Ted Voute, racing manager to Mishriff’s owner, Prince Faisal.

“He’s amazing, going back to back to Dubai and then Saudi, he’s got an amazing constitution.

“What I do know is that John said to me that he’s thickened out even more and he’s even stronger.

“We’ll wait and see, I notice we’re second favourite to one of the American horses which I like, that takes the pressure off a little bit!

Mishriff is currently the second-favourite behind Todd Pletcher’s Life Is Good in the betting for the hugely-valuable contest.

“Fingers crossed he stays in one piece and gets out there," added Voute. "It would be fun."

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