Let the races begin

FORGET THE America’s Kentucky Derby and France’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, these infamous races are simply left in the dust by the sheer magnitude of the Dubai World Cup’s jackpot prize and guest list.

By Mohamad Kadry (Staff Reporter)

Published: Sat 29 Mar 2008, 11:02 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:33 PM

Saturday's $21.25 USD Dubai World Cup makes it the world’s richest horse race, attracting a field of 13 competitors from 16 countries, including 2007 Horse of the Year ‘Curlin’.

Easily becoming the most prestigious racing event in history, its popularity is soaring on the international stage as horse enthusiasts look to the Emirate as the leaders in equestrianism.

From members of royalty to the common racing fan, guests attending the event will all feel the distinguished atmosphere that has been created by the genuine respect and adoration for the sport.

The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of United Arab Emirates.

The race was the creation of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.

The race's first winner was the future United States Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson.

The 13 thoroughbreds that have been entered for the 13th Dubai World Cup with their jockeys: Well Armed. Aaron Gryder; Asiatic Boy, John Murtagh; Jalil, Frankie Dettori; Vermilion, Yutaka Take; Premium Tap, Sebastian Madrid; Lucky Find, Kevin Shea; Happy Boy, Kerrin McEvoy; Gloria De Campeao, Christophe Lemaire; Curlin, Robby Albarado; Kocab, Stephane Pasquier; A. P. Arrow, Ramon Dominguez; Sway Yed, Olivier Peslier and Great Hunter, Garrett Gomez.

Let the races begin.

Decked out in the finest threads and most auspicious hats, guests will be enjoying Dubai’s most celebrated tournament as the world watches in awe and excitement today.


WHAT: Dubai World Cup

When: March 29 (annual)

Where: Nad Al Sheba Racecourse

Cost: Public and family enclosures are free; but race course packages vary (visit www.dubairacingclub.com/dubaiworldcup for ticket details)

Opening Hours: 14:00

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