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Benbatl Roars Into Saudi Cup Contention

Last updated: 11 May 2020
Bets.com.au Staff 11 May 2020
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Benbatl has found his way onto the second line of betting after a successful debut on dirt
Benbatl will run in the first ever running of the Saudi Cup (Getty Images)

Benbatl roars into 2020 Saudi Cup contention

After making a successful debut on the Dubai dirt for team Godolphin, star galloper Benbatl stormed into Saudi Cup calculations.

Benbatl, who was not even quoted in the initial Saudi Cup betting market, was moved onto the third line of betting  at $6 with online bookmaker Bet365 following the powerful win.

The five-year-old cruised around the Dubai track on his dirt debut as a well-supported $3 commodity and had many of the other horses off the bit at the turn. Christophe Soumillon then asked the colt to extend and he sprinted away from the field, sending shockwaves around the horse racing community.

The bookies are still siding with the horse that was first past the post in the 2019 Kentucky Derby as the Saudi Cup draws closer, but the odds could shift in Benbatl's favour on race day. 

Watch: Benbatl Win On His Dirt Debut

2020 Saudi Cup Betting Odds

Maximum Security$3
Mucho Gusto$6.50
Midnight Bisou$7
Magic Wand$15
Gold Dream$26

Odds provided by Bet365 and were correct at 1pm on February 12 

Saudi Cup FAQ

When is the 2020 Saudi Cup?

The 2020 Saudi Cup is running for the first time ever on Sunday, March 1 from King Abdulaziz racecourse in Saudi Arabia.

Where is the Saudi Cup held?

The first ever running of the $20 million Saudi Cup is being held at King Abdulaziz racecourse in Saudi Arabia

How much is the Saudi Cup worth?

The Saudi Cup is worth $20 million, making it the world's richest race on dirt.

What surface is the Saudi Cup run on?

The Saudi Cup is ran at the King Abdulaziz racecourse in Saudi Arabia, which is a dirt track.

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