Dubai World Cup

Through the Vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Dubai World Cup

Through the Vision of Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Climaxing the UAE racing season, the biggest sporting and social event in Dubai, the World Cup is held on the last Saturday in March at Meydan Racecourse.

Home to the world’s richest day of horse racing, legendary Meydan Racecourse celebrates 2020 with the 25th running of the Group 1, $12-MILLION USD, richest horse race in the world, the historic Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup.

With $35-MILLION USD in total purses on the race card that features six Group 1 and three Group 2 events, the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup provides a global stage upon which the best horses in the world compete each year.


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Group One, $12MILLION USD Dubai World Cup

Maximum Security, Gift Box, Higher Power, Math Wizard, McKinzie, Midnight Bisou, Roadster and Seeking the Soul

Nominations for the Group One, $12MILLION USD Dubai World Cup with a formidable American contingent led by Maximum Security, also include G1 winners Gift Box, Higher Power, Math Wizard, McKinzie, Midnight Bisou, Roadster and Seeking the Soul.

Additional headliners nominated elsewhere on the card for the world’s richest day in horse racing ($35 MILLION USD) include Almond Eye, Anthony Van Dyck, Beauty Generation, Benbatl, Nature Strip and Star Catcher.

The Dubai World Cup is run at 2,000-meters, over the main track at Meydan International Racecourse, home to the world's richest day of horse racing; and during its 24 past iterations, has been won by horses trained in France, Japan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States America.

Nominations for the $6MILLION USD Dubai Sheema Classic have attracted some of the top horses in the world, including Suave Richard from Japan, Star Catcher, Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, Exultant and Ghaiyyath.

Additionally, Japanese superstar Almond Eye defends her Group One, $6MILLION USD Dubai Turf title.

American Grade 1 winners Imperial Hint, Hog Creek Hustle and Firenze Fire, as well as, Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Shancelot, together with Dubai based Drafted and Gladiator King; round out the nominations to the Group One, $2.5MILLION USD, Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Top Australian sprinters Hey Doc the Winter Bottom Stakes winner and Darley Sprint Classic champion Nature Strip, have both been nominated for the Group One, $2MILLION USD, Al Quoz Sprint; run at 1200-meters over the turf course at Meydan International.

The first supplementary stage for all Dubai World Cup day races will close on February 12.

The second supplementary stage is on March 9.

The final supplementary stage will be on March 22, when horses can be supplemented into the races before the entry declaration on March 23.



Next stop Dubai for Belmont Stakes Winner Sir Winston

Mark Casse decides to train the Belmont Stakes winner for the test in March

2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Sir Winston will not race again until the $12-MILLION USD Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, to be run on March 28 at Meydan International Racecourse.

"We've been invited to the Dubai World Cup and we accepted," said trainer Mark Casse on 4 February.

Sir Winston was sidelined for 6 months after winning the Belmont. The Jazil Stakes at Aqueduct was targeted for his return to dirt, but he was scratched due to bad weather, opting instead for an $80,000 allowance race over a one-turn mile at Aqueduct in which he rallied from last in a field of seven to win by 2 1/4-lengths.

Trainer Casse then tossed plans to run in the 1 5/16-mile Bernardini Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 29, deciding instead to train up to the 1 1/4-mile Dubai World Cup off the strong effort and super condition.



Dubai World Cup 2020

Dubai Racing Club releases list of horses accepted for 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival, running for nine consecutive weeks from 2 January, until 27 February with Super Saturday on 7 March, the official prep for the historic 25th edition of the world-leading $35-MILLION USD Dubai World Cup card on March 28.

The 237 horses and 76 trainers from 16 countries include Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, France, Ireland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
With 61 Thoroughbred races and 4 Purebred Arabian affairs up for grabs, a number of international stars will travel to Dubai for the world's richest day of horse racing.
Three time Australian Group 1 winning sprinters Sunlight and Nature Strip, Coronation Cup (G1) winner Defoe ships in from England, Cariblanco the Chilean Triple Crown champion, Norwegian exemplar Square de Luynes, Breeders' Cup placed Blue Chipper, Edisa the top class French filly and American G1 winner Pavel from the Doug O'Neill barn.