Leading flat rider James Doyle enjoyed a memorable flat season last year and he is looking to start his campaign off with a win in the $20 million Saudi Cup where he has picked up a credible ride.
The jockey is set to ride Prince Of Arran for Red Sea Turf Handicap over one-mile-seven-furlongs in Saudi Arabia and the Charlie Fellowes trained runner looks to have a very realistic chance.
The frequent jet setter has finished third and second in the last two renewals of the Melbourne Cup and will break new ground when racing in Saudi Arabia for the first time in his and the trainers career.
James Doyle is expected to get the ride on the seven year old but will only go out to Saudi Arabia if his availability lines up with his other retained trainers and owners.
(Credit At The Races) Trainer Charlie Fellowes said: “James Doyle is booked to ride. He knows Saudi racing like the back of his hand.
“We’re really hopeful he’ll ride, providing there is no late call-up from Godolphin.
“It’s a really good race with a fantastic pot and is an exciting adventure for all of us.”
Prince Of Arran is the stables cream of the crop and three starts ago won the prestigious Group Three Geelong Cup which set him up nicely for a narrow second in the Melbourne Cup.
Last time out the gelding was down the field in the Group One Hong Kong Vase and he will need to be much better than to be in the mix at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse.
“He’s in really good form, he’s cantering away and I’ve been quite taken aback by him,” he added.
“I think he’s suited by the conditions of the race, he’ll love the track and the distance is perfect.”