Dubai World Cup
|Group One race|
|Dubai World Cup|
The world's richest horse race
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs)|
|Track||Tapeta synthetic dirt, left-handed|
|Qualification||Northern Hemisphere 4yo+ & Southern Hemisphere 3yo+|
|Weight||SH 3yo: 54.5kg.
NH & SH 4yo+: 57kg
The Dubai World Cup (Arabic:كأس دبي العالمي) is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse (Arabic:ميدان) which in Arabic suggests a place where people congregate and compete, a sort of meeting point  in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. It offers nine races, consisting of eight Thoroughbred contests and one Purebred Arabian contest.
The Dubai World Cup, the final race of Dubai World Cup night, was created in 1996 by Sheikh 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.
Annually held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, and has carried a purse of USD ten million since 2010, making it the world's richest horse race. It is a Group 1 flat race on an all-weather surface known as Tapeta for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs) in late March.
In 2006 the Dubai World Cup was broadcast live on TVG Network and HRTV and taped later for showing on ABC. It was the first time that the race was shown on national TV in the United States. In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was first held at the new Meydan Racecourse on March 27.
- No horse has ever won this race more than once.
Most wins by an owner:
- 5 - Godolphin Racing (2000, 2002 2003, 2006, 2012)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 - Jerry Bailey (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 5 - Saeed bin Suroor (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006)
Winners Dubai World Cup
Dubai World Cups by year
The 17th running of the Dubai World Cup and was held on March 31. The race featured a field of 13 including: Transcend, runner-up in the 2011 Dubai World Cup; Master of Hounds, runner up in the 2011 UAE Derby; Royal Delta, winner of the 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, So You Think, a winner of eight Group 1 races, and Game On Dude, trained by two-time Dubai World Cup winner Bob Baffert and ridden by Chantal Sutherland, the first woman to ride in the event.
Monterosso(GB), owned by the Godolphin Stables, trained by Mahmoud Al Zarooni, and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, earned an exciting three-length win over stable mate Capponi (IRE). The finish gave Godolphin Stables and Al Zarooni the distinction as the first owner and trainer to finish first and second in the Dubai World Cup.
|1||Master of Hounds||Mike de Kock||Christophe Soumillon||8|
|2||Eishin Flash||Hideaki Fujiwara||Christophe Lemaire||6|
|3||Zazou||Waldemar Hickst||Olivier Peslier||5|
|4||So You Think||Aidan O'Brien||Joseph O'Brien||4|
|5||Smart Falcon||Ken Kozaki||Yutaka Take||10|
|6||Planteur||Marco Botti||Ryan Moore||3|
|7||Royal Delta||William Mott||Jose Lezcano||9|
|8||Monterosso||Mahmoud Al Zarooni||Mickael Barzalona||1|
|9||Transcend||Takayuki Yasuda||Shinji Fujita||13|
|10||Capponi||Mahmoud Al Zarooni||Ahmad Ajtebi||2|
|11||Prince Bishop||Saeed bin Suroor||Lanfranco Dettori||7|
|12||Mendip||Saeed Bin Suroor||Silvestre De Sousa||11|
|13||Game On Dude||Bob Baffert||Chantal Sutherland||12|
- Official site
- Dubai World Cup 2013 - Dubai Calendar - Dubai Events Official Listing
- The National Topics - Dubai World Cup
- Official results from the Emirates Racing Authority:
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Meaning of “meydan” ميدان, dubaiblog.it, 1 April 2012, accessed 1 April 2012.
- Appena terminata la Dubai World Cup 2012, dubaiblog.it, 1 April 2012, accessed 1 April 2012.
- Well Armed spectacular in Dubai World Cup, racingpost.com, 28 March 2009, accessed 28 March 2009.