The House of Garrard is proud to have created trophies for the most highly anticipated new event on the world horse racing calendar in 2020, the inaugural Saudi Cup, taking place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh on 28th and 29th February. A total of three bespoke trophies have been designed in the London studio, most notably for the prestigious ‘Richest Horse Race in the World’, worth USD$20m and set to attract the top thoroughbreds from around the world.
The magnificent Saudi Cup has been handcrafted in sterling silver and richly gilded in gold with ornate chased detail, the culmination of no less than seven individual process, each requiring a dedicated, skilled craftsperson from the Garrard workshop. Sitting on a tiered base the trophy stands impressively at over one metre tall.
“It has been an honour to add such a prestigious commission to Garrard’s rich legacy of creating trophies for the world’s finest sporting occasions,” says Garrard’s Creative Director, Sara Prentice. “Working with His Royal Highness Prince Bandar on the design process was a privilege - the immense level of detail and skill that have gone into the trophy and the grandeur of the majestic design that we chose really capture the significance of the race it will represent.”
Receiving royal patronage from the Saudi royal family, the Saudi Cup represents not only the latest addition to Garrard’s long legacy of silverware and trophy creations, but also its enduring relationship with royalty worldwide. First commissioned in 1735 by Frederick, Prince of Wales, the House has been called upon to create some of the world’s most illustrious sporting trophies, among them the America’s Cup, the Royal Ascot Gold Cup and Dubai World Cup. Each one captures the honour of taking part and the glory of winning.
The bespoke trophies for the Saudi Cup bear the same quintessentially British hallmarks of craftsmanship, timeless design and exceptional quality that have continued at the House of Garrard for almost 285 years.