The Irish stallion Mishriff, going off at 19-1, in a wide ranging strategic transfer steadily blazed by favored Charlatan within the final hundred yards of the $20 million 2021 Saudi Cup, suprising American, Irish, British and Saudi touts alike. Charlatan was up entrance nearly the complete mile-and-an-eighth, however was merely no match for the massive Irishman, with jockey David Egan within the irons giving his companion a masterful journey. When the going bought powerful, with one thing lower than 100 meters to go, Egan held again his whip hand and easily urged his mount on with the reins.
Charlatan was sport till the final, however on the wire seemed as if he have been slowly being caught in some mud and each little bit of spinning he did to get ahead solely served to slip him additional again. It was an optical phantasm attributable to the truth that Mishriff was going away. He took the win over Charlatan by a size and and a bit, paying a good $41.60 at Twinspires. For his half, Charlatan paid a predictable $3.00 in place, and Nice Scot introduced up the rear, paying $27.40
The $10 million victor’s slice of the pie neatly pocketed, up high, for his half, jockey Egan may barely comprise himself. It had been an upset, and a giant one, although the morning line on Mishriff had been 6-1, which is to say, he had been severely regarded by the bookmakers within the first tier of the challengers behind Knicks Go and Charlatan.
Knicks Go, who by no means appeared to get off the bottom to muster the anticipated “match race” with Charlatan, did his best possible to run a disappointing fourth. Charlatan’s coach Bob Baffert could or is probably not disillusioned in his cost, however Charlatan and Mike Smith gave all of it they’d. There did not appear to be any excuses — they only flat bought beat in one of many grittiest potential stretch duels, proper all the way down to the wire. It occurs in the most effective horse races that manner typically.
The Saudi Jockey Membership and the race organizers will likely be delighted. As lengthy and aggravating because the commute is for the athletes and their connections, they might not have requested for a greater contest.