The biggest night in global horse racing returns to Meydan Racecourse this weekend for the 26th running of the Dubai World Cup.
A capacity crowd of 80,000 is expected for the first time since 2019 for the nine-race card worth $30.5 million in prize money (up from $26.5 million last time around), culminating in the $12 million Dubai World Cup itself. The likes of Hot Rod Charlie, Country Grammer, Midnight Bourbon Aero Trem, Chuwa Wizard and Godolphin’s Magny Cours are bidding to join the roll of honour alongside greats such as Thunder Snow, American Pharoah, Curlin, Invasor and all the way back to Cigar in 1996.
Alongside the racing action there are plenty of other events to entertain, including the Style Stakes, closing ceremony fireworks and after-race concert featuring Becky Hill and Rudimental.
Dubai World Cup night racecard
1 Dubai Kahayla Classic 2,000m (a10f), dirt, $1m
2 Godolphin Mile, 1,600m (a8f), dirt, $1m
3 Dubai Gold Cup, 3,200m (a16f), turf, $1m
4 Al Quoz Sprint, 1,200m (a6f), turf, $1.5m
5 UAE Derby, 1,900m (a9.5f), dirt, $1m
6 Dubai Golden Shaheen, 1,200m (a6f), dirt, $2m
7 Dubai Turf, 1,800m (a9f), turf, $5m
8 Dubai Sheema Classic, 2,410m (a12F), turf, $6m
9 Dubai World Cup, 2,000m (a10F), dirt, $12m
DWC — the stats
After the dirt and turf have been torn up by the nine races, the traditional closing ceremony and fireworks will light up the sky before Brit Award winner and The Voice star Becky Hill, drum-and-bass ensemble Rudimental, DJ Sigala and local artist Ayesha Reid bring the curtain down with the after-race concert, which should begin around 9.30pm.
Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, the Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, said: “We are so happy to have everyone back here for what will be a fantastic 26th running of the Dubai World Cup meeting. The atmosphere will be absolutely electrifying. The quality of the horses, trainers, owners and jockeys who have assembled is better than ever and we are looking forward to a superb day of racing with our guests from all over the world.”
While the highly prestigious $12 million race and its equally coveted
undercard have attracted the very best from around the world over the
years, the excitement is bound to amplify race day with a massive crowd
expected to attend proceedings live at the 80,000-capacity venue. The
organisation of this year’s Dubai World Cup further reinforces the
city’s rising status as one of the globe’s leading venues for
international sporting events.
Courtesy of gulfnews.com & dubairacingclub.com
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Looks fantastic card featuring five group one races and three group two races ,including some top class International runners from Japan ,U.S.A & Europe .