The Dubai World Cup

Most of the major horse races in the world have been established for many, many, years. The Dubai World Cup is an exception to this as a relatively new race run only since 1996. The race was founded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and a fanatic horse racing enthusiast. He owns Darley Stud, a Thoroughbred breeding operation that breeds horses all over the world.

Race Details

The Dubai World Cup is held each year on the final Saturday of March at the Meydan Racecourse. The race was originally held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, but it moved to the newly built Meydan Racecourse in 2010. The Dubai World Cup is a 2,000 meter Group 1 flat race (approximately 10 furlongs) that's run on an all-weather synthetic surface. It's open to Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds aged at least four years and Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds aged at least three years. It's the richest horse race in the world with a prize pool of $10 million.

Dubai World Cup Night

The Dubai World Cup is the feature race on an evening of Thoroughbred racing known as Dubai World Cup night. This event currently features nine races with a total prize pool of nearly $30 million; it attracts audiences from all over the world. In addition to the main race, other races also include the Dubai Duty Free ($5 million prize pool) and the Dubai Sheema Classic ($5 million prize pool). The Dubai Gold Cup is the latest to be added to the race card.

The Meydan Racecourse, home of Dubai World Cup Night, is probably the most advanced racecourse in existence. It has two tracks: a 2,400 meter turf track and a 1,750 meter synthetic dirt track. The grandstand at the racecourse is one mile long, and it can host 60,000 spectators. It also contains a hotel, several restaurants, and a horse racing museum. Other events held at this venue include the Winter Racing Challenge and the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Betting on the 2018 Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup may not have the illustrious history of many of the top Thoroughbred horse races, but it is no less popular when it comes to betting. Betting on the Dubai World Cup is far from easy as the race frequently features some of the best horses in the world, which can make it hard to pick a winner. Nearer the time of the next Dubai World Cup in 2018, we'll add a betting preview of the race, at which time we will assess the chances of the field. Please check back a week or two before the race.

If you are looking to place a bet on the Dubai World Cup and don't have a betting account anywhere, we would suggest you look into an online gambling site. Online betting is fast and convenient, and most of the top sites offer markets on a wide range of horse races. For the big races, such as the Dubai World Cup, they will usually have a range of bets available in addition to the standard straight bets. For a list of recommended bookmakers, please visit our horse racing sites page.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 - Arrogate
  • 2016 - California Chrome
  • 2015 - Prince Bishop
  • 2014 - African Story
  • 2013 - Animal Kingdom
  • 2012 - Monterosso
  • 2011 - Victoire Pisa
  • 2010 - Gloria de Campeao
  • 2009 - Well Armed
  • 2008 - Curlin
  • 2007 - Invasor
  • 2006 - Electrocutionist
  • 2005 - Roses In May
  • 2004 - Pleasantly Perfect
  • 2003 - Moon Ballad
  • 2002 - Street Cry
  • 2001 - Captain Steve
  • 2000 - Dubai Millenium
  • 1999 - Almutawakel
  • 1998 - Silver Charm
  • 1997 - Singspiel

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