Horse Racing: Dubai World Cup Carnival purse rises to $100,000
Australian favourite Buffering, ridden by Damian Browne and trained by Robert Heathcote won the 2016 Al Quoz Sprint.
By KT Report
Published: Sun 2 Oct 2016, 11:00 PM
Last updated: Mon 3 Oct 2016, 1:30 AM
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, which will kick-off on January 5, 2017, has received a prize money boost for the 2017 season.
There is now a total purse of $10,925,000 across 61 Thoroughbred and four Group Purebred Arabian races held outside Dubai World Cup day. The minimum purse offered for a Carnival race now rises to $100,000 following the $467,500 increase over the ten meetings up to and including Super Saturday. The Carnival features 10 meetings prior to the Dubai World Cup day. Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, run on the Dubai World Cup day, will now be run on a longer 1200m distance, from 1000m, on turf, creating dual turf and dirt 1200m sprint divisions across the Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubai World Cup.
The Meydan Group also announced on Sunday that the turf sprint, won in 2016 by Australian star Buffering, now represents the culmination of a newly-implemented 1200m turf division featuring five key Carnival handicaps and including the new $200,000 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday.
Trainers opting for the 1000m turf dash still have the option of three handicap races before the running of the Group 3 $175,000 Meydan Sprint held on February 16.
The 1200m turf campaign now runs alongside the dirt programme over the same trip with those following a campaign benefitting from five build-up races including the Group 3 $200,000 Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday prior to the Group 1 $2m Dubai Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup day.
In the other changes, the Curlin Handicap, a 2000m dirt race used as prep for the 2016 Dubai World Cup by this year's winner, California Chrome, has now been upgraded to a Listed contest. Among the stayers' divisions, the 2810m turf handicap, previously held in the first week of February, has been brought forward to the second Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting in January and a new 3200m handicap inserted into the programme in its stead, giving trainers the option of prepping for the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup held over the same trip on Dubai World Cup day or targeting the 2810m Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy on Thursday February 23.
"The Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubai World Cup are tried and tested in the racing world and continue to attract the best," said Malih Lahej Al Basti, Vice Chairman, Meydan Group.
Dubai World Cup Carnival stable applications close this season on Friday November 11, 2016. The Meydan stables open to international horses on December 15.