Dubai World Cup Racing
The Dubai World Cup was introduced in 1996 by Sheikh Mohammed and is the highlight of World Cup night at Meydan Racecourse towards the end of March each year. In 2020 the Dubai World Cup the race will be held on March 28. The night’s action consists of eight thoroughbred races and one purebred Arabian race.
The Second Richest Purse
The Dubai World Cup has carried a massive purse of $10 million since 2010. It was the richest horserace in the world, until January 2017 when the lofty title was claimed by the of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup in America.
The Dubai World Cup is a Group 1 race on dirt for three-year-olds and upwards over ten furlongs and regularly attracts a truly International field.
Other rich turf races include the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Dubai World Cup 2017
Arrogate started a strong favourite following his victory in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup in January. Bob Baffert’s grey gave his supporters a scare by completely missing the break at Meydan, losing several lengths in the process.
Jockey Mike Smith did not panic and began to close with half a mile to travel, eventually powering clear to beat fellow American raider Gun Runner by two and a quarter lengths. His victory took him past the $17million mark in career earnings, a new record for any racehorse.
Dubai World Cup result 2017
- 1st Arrogate 1-3 Fav, 2nd Gun Runner 7-1, 3rd Neolithic 25-1
Meydan Racecourse was designed to host the Dubai World Cup and opened in 2010. It was built on the existing Nad Al Sheba site and the entire complex is a staggering 7.5 million m2 in total. The estimated cost of the project was $1.25 billion.
The Grandstand and Meydan
The Grandstand is world’s largest integrated racing facility with seating capacity for more than 60,000 people. The Meydan Hotel has 285 luxurious rooms and suites while the development also features a Marina, an IMAX cinema and a racing museum.
The Live Concert
Dubai World Cup night also features a live concert. Previous entertainers include Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez. Australian Artist Sia performed in on the World Cup night 2017 as the artist for 2018 is still not announced.
Tickets sell fast for the richest night of racing in the world so don’t delay – reserve your Meydan tickets today!