Tacitus Runs In Saudi Cup For Abdullah

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Khalid Abdullah has owned some of the world's most horses but will get satisfaction if Tacitus can win the inaugural .

A member of the Saudi royal family, Abdullah is recognised globally as one of the most prominent owner/breeders in the sport through his Juddmonte Farms operation.

Thoroughbred greats such as Dancing Brave, and have all worn his famous colours – but for obvious reasons, winning the world's most valuable race in his home country on Saturday would be a special success.

Trained by Bill Mott, Tacitus is without a win since April but was placed in many of America's major three-year-old races last season, including the Kentucky Derby and .

“I think, basically, from as soon as this race was devised, Prince Khalid had his eye on it – from day one,” Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said.

“It clearly would mean a lot to him, but it is a seriously important race in its own right.”

Tacitus has credentials.

“We've always thought a good deal of him, and the way he set off last year in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood (Memorial) he looked booked for a good season,” Grimthorpe said.

“He ran very consistently in the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont and the Travers.”

Tacitus has drawn barrier two of 14.

One of the other is the $2.5 million Turf Cup (3000m) with 2018 Melbourne Cup winner to start from barrier one for Godolphin.

Dual Melbourne Cup placegetter has drawn alongside Cross Counter.

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