Two Japanese-bred horses, Pink Kamehameha and Copano Kicking, won big at the Saudi Cup in Riyadh on Saturday.
Pink Kamehameha, ridden by Keita Tosaki, won the ¥158 million Japanese yen ($1.5 million) Al Rajhi Bank Saudi derby.
After seeing his horse win for the second year running at the Saudi Cup, trainer Hideyuki Mori said that he wasn’t too confident coming into the race but the rainy conditions proved beneficial for Pink Kamehameha.
The second last race, the Riyadh Dirt Sprint sponsored by Saudi Arabian Airlines, brought a second successive Japanese win worth ¥158 million Japanese yen ($1.5 million) for Copano Kicking, owned by Sachiaki Kobayashi.
Second place went to Matera Sky, owned by Japan’s Tsuyoshi Ono.
Last year, Japanese racing also won big, as Full Flat triumphed in the Saudi Derby with Yutaka Take in the saddle – ¥84,356,000 Japanese yen ($800,000) was the prize pool for that one.
In other news, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka clinched her fourth Grand Slam title Saturday after beating American Jennifer Brady at the Australian Open.