The newly created Saudi Cup in February 2020 will offer a purse of $20 million with a first prize of $10 million.
The Pegasus World Cup was the richest horse race in 2018, with an improved prize fund of $16 million. The event was re-imagined for 2019 with a reduced pot of $9M for the dirt race and $7M for a separate turf race.–
The $12 million Dubai World Cup was usurped by the Pegasus, but still offers an eye-watering $7.2 million for the winner. Godolphin’s Thunder Snow won in 2018 and 2019.–
Now considered Australia’s richest race, The Everest is also the world’s richest race over turf worth $4.5M to the winner out of a pot of $14M. The race’s prize fund is set to rise to $15 million in 2020.
Considered by many as the unofficial fourth leg of the prestigious Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is the second richest race in North America. The prize pot is $6 million with the winner scooping just over half.–
Europe’s richest race is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the epitome of Parisian chic at the revamped Longchamp racecourse. In 2018, the winner earned $3.2 million out of a fund of $5.6M. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori (pictured) holds the record for most race wins (six), including dual triumphs on Enable.–
Inaugurated in 1981, the Japan Cup is the country’s richest horse race. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event — since 2018, every winning trainer and owner has come from Japan. Almond Eye is the reigning champion, clinching $2.7 million.–
It may have been overtaken as Australia’s richest race but the Melbourne Cup remains a prestigious event. The prize pot is about $5.2 million with this year’s winner collecting $2.8 million.–
Carrying a prize fund of $4 million, the Breeders’ Cup Turf is a showpiece event in the US. Winning connections claim a cool $2.2M.–
The Kentucky Derby is an exhilarating mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The winner of the iconic race clinches $1.425 million.–
The historic Epsom Derby is a sporting and cultural event on the UK social calendar with a prize pot for owners of about $1.9 million with the winner bagging just over $1M.–