The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race. It is held as a night meeting at the end of March each year on a fantastic evening of racing featuring international runners.
- Race Type: Group 1 Flat Race, 3YOs & up
- Distance: 2000 metres
- Track: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Date: Saturday 31 March 2018
Sponsored by Emirates Airlines, the Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race, with prizemoney of USD 10 million since 2010. The race began in 1996 at Nad-Al Sheba racecourse in 1996 when 11 international horses came together for the inaugural race, won by Cigar, who was North America’s ‘Horse of the Year’ for 1995. In 2010 the race was moved to the new Meydan Racecourse.
The race is held over 2000 metres. Originally run on dirt it moved to the all-weather surface for many years,then went back to dirt for 2015. The race is for northern hemisphere horses that are four-year-old and up and for southern hemisphere horses that are three-year-olds and up. This allows for the different timing of the breeding seasons to ensure horses are mature enough to run the distance.
There is a field limit of 16 runners and the Dubai World Cup is invitation-only. It has quickly become one of the world’s top racing challenges and attracts huge crowds. Dubai World Cup night features 9 races, where the first is a Group 1 race for purebred Arabians only. The rest of the card has five Group 1 races, including the Dubai World Cup, two Group 2 and a Group 3 race. Some of these races are run on turf while others are run on the all-weather surface.
Dubai World Cup Final Field & Odds 2018
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Past Winners of the Dubai World Cup
American ‘wonder horse’ Cigar came from last when he won the first Dubai World Cup to hold a head-to-head battle with Soul Of the Matter, and stamped the race as a great contest. Many past winners have come from the United States, who have had the majority of the runners, particularly in the earlier years. In 2011 it was won by a Japanese horse for the first time. No horse has won more than once, although a couple have placed and then gone on to win the following year.
|2018||Thunder Snow||West Coast||Mubtaahij|
|2015||Prince Bishop||California Chrome||Lea|
|2014||African Story||Mukhadram||Cat O’Mountain|
|2013||Animal Kingdom||Red Cadeaux||Planteur|
|2012||Monterosso (GB)||Capponi (GB)||Planteur|
|2011||Victoire Pisa (JPN)||Transcend (JPN)||Monterosso (GB)|
|2010||Gloria de Campeao (BRZ)||Lizard’s Desire (SAF)||Allybar (IRE)|
|2009||Well Armed (USA)||Gloria De Campeo (BRZ)||Paris Perfect (SAF)|
|2008||Curlin (USA)||Asiatic Boy (ARG)||Well Armed (USA)|
|2007||Invasor (ARG)||Premium Tap (USA)||Bullish Luck (USA)|
|2006||Electrocutionist (USA)||Wilko (USA)||Magna Graduate (USA)|
|2005||Roses In May (USA)||Dynever (USA)||Choctaw Nation (USA)|
|2004||Pleasantly Perfect (USA)||Medaglia D’Oro (USA)||Victory Moon (SAF)|
|2003||Moon Ballad (IRE)||Harlan’s Holiday (USA)||Nayef (USA)|
|2002||Street Cry (IRE)||Sakhee (USA)||Crimson Quest (IRE)|
|2001||Captain Steve (USA)||To The Victory (JPN)||Hightori (FR)|
|2000||Dubai Millenium (GB)||Behrens (USA)||Public Purse (USA)e|
|1999||Almutawakel (GB)||Malek (CHI)||Victory Gallop (CAN)|
|1998||Silver Charm (USA)||Swain (IRE)||Loup Sauvage (USA)|
|1997||Singspiel (IRE)||Siphon (BRZ)||Sandpit (BRZ)|
|1996||Cigar (USA)||Soul Of The Matter (USA)||L’Carriere (USA)|