What is the Dubai World Cup?
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Find out what is the Dubai World Cup and the qualifications of the horses that can compete in it. Learn how much the prize money is.

The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest series of flat horse races in the world. It is a Group 1 race for Thoroughbred and Arabian horses since its establishment in 1996. It is held annually on the last Saturday of March.

 

It is also the final race in a series of races for the Dubai World Cup Night. The tournament has eight Thoroughbred races and one Purebred Arabian horse races. This is organized by the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA).

 

Local and foreign-born and bred horses can compete in the Dubai World Cup. Additionally, there is no specified maximum limit as to how many international horses can compete. As long as they fit the qualifications and necessary requirements, then they can race in the Dubai World Cup.

 

There are various qualifications that the horses should meet before they can participate in the Dubai World Cup races. Northern Hemisphere (NH) horses competing should be four years old or above. NH horses should also weigh 57 kilograms. Three-year-old SH horses should weigh 54.5 kilograms while four years old or older SH horses should weigh 57 kilograms.

The different races in the Dubai World Cup Night are the following:

 

Race

Kind of Race

Horse Breed

Dubai Kahayla Classic

Group 1

Purebred Arabian

Al Quoz Sprint 

Group 1

Thoroughbred

Godolphin Mile

Group 2

Thoroughbred

Dubai Gold Cup

Group 2

Thoroughbred

UAE Derby

Group 2

Thoroughbred

Dubai Golden Shaheen

Group 1

Thoroughbred

Dubai Turf

Group 1

Thoroughbred

Dubai Sheema Classic

Group 1

Thoroughbred

Dubai World Cup 

Group 1

Thoroughbred

 

 

Purse of the Dubai World Cup

 

The Dubai World Cup is known to be the world’s richest horse race. This is because it has a purse of $12,000,000 or approximately ¥1,284,390,000 as of 2019.

For the other races in the Dubai World Cup Night, here is the breakdown of their prize money:

 

Race

Prize Money

Dubai Kahayla Classic

$1,000,000

Al Quoz Sprint 

$2,000,000

Godolphin Mile

$1,500,000

Dubai Gold Cup

$1,500,000

UAE Derby

$2,500,000

Dubai Golden Shaheen

$2,500,000

Dubai Turf

$6,000,000

Dubai Sheema Classic

$6,000,000

Dubai World Cup 

$12,000,000

 

 

The Race Track of the Dubai World Cup

 

The Dubai World Cup in UAE has been held annually at Meydan Racecourse since 2010. It was previously held in Nad Al Sheba Racecourse from 1996 until 2009.

The horses run a distance of 2,000 metres or about 10 furlongs in length. The left-handed race track has a dirt surface that all horses have to run on. This kind of track surface is a more popular condition for American horses to run on.

 

Most Notable Horses in the Dubai World Cup

CigarThis was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won the first Dubai World Cup in 1996. He won other major international competitions and has also received various awards. He was also included in the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Dubai MilleniumDubai Millenium was a British-bred racehorse that had the fastest record of finishing the Dubai World Cup. He had a speed record of one minute, fifty-nine seconds, and fifty milliseconds when he won the race in 2000.

Thunder Snow Thunder Snow was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Dubai World Cup twice. He won it in 2018 and 2019.

 

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