Thoroughbred Horse Racing
The Riyadh Equestrian Club is the Regulatory Body of horseracing in Saudi Arabia and is responsible for the management of the Kingdoms two principal racetracks.
- King Aziz Race Track in Riyadh
- King Khaled Race Track in Taif
Both are modern left handed dirt tracks with King A’Aziz Track being the much larger of the two. The racing season commences in Riyadh in early Oct ending late March. Racing then switches to the King Khaled Track in Taif, for an eight-week summer meeting where the elevated location & proximity to the red sea ensure more pleasant summer temperatures.
Race meetings are held on Thursday & Friday afternoon, with eight race cards, 80% of which are restricted to Saudi bred thoroughbreds.
The principal racing Stable of H.M. King Abdullah & Sons is located at King A’Aziz Race track while additional stabling for over 150 horses is located adjacent to the King Khaled track in Taif.
The Riyadh facility includes:
- 200 stables in three American style barns. There are offices, grooms accommodation, Administration Buildings.
- Veterinary Centre with resident Vet
- Swimming Pool
- 4F trotting track
- Extensive staff accommodation
The horses are divided between three trainers:
- Badr Resaque Al Shibani
- Baden Al Subaie
- Nicholas Bachalard
Each trainer has their own team of grooms and work riders while resident jockeys, veterinarians and farriers are shared.