Trainer Roger Teal feels the six-furlong trip will suit his July Cup winner more than the slightly longer distance of the turf race.
“At the moment we are favouring the dirt really because it’s six furlongs,” said Teal
“Obviously, it’s an unknown surface for us but because it’s a flat six furlongs I think that is where we are going to go.
“He’s a good-moving horse. He likes the top of the ground and handles all sorts of ground.
“He trains on an all-weather surface every day, so I’m just hoping. The reports are very good about the dirt track in Saudi. That gives me confidence. There’s not too much kickback apparently.
“As long as there wasn’t going to be tons of kickback, I think we’re going to be happy to run him on it.”
Teal was happy to take up the Saudi invitation as the timing of the meeting (February 20) fits in nicely with long-term plans for his stable star.
“The timing of the race was good for us. It was enough time to give him a break and then prepare him for the season ahead. We can go to Saudi, come back, maybe go to Dubai for World Cup night if things go to plan,” the Lambourn trainer told a Saudi Cup press conference.
“We can then prepare for Ascot and another go at the July Cup. The timing is just right.
“We’ll see how he travels to Saudi first because he’s never travelled before. We’ll be a little bit wiser after the event.
“He’s pretty straightforward and takes things in his stride, but you don’t know until you do it. He should be fine.”
Teal is confident Oxted’s regular rider Cieren Fallon will be on board at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack.