Dubai Sheema Classic

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Dubai Sheema Classic
Group 1 race
Location Meydan Racecourse
Inaugurated 1998
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Sponsor Longines
Race information
Distance 2,410 metres (​1 12 miles)
(2,400 metres prior to 2010)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification For Southern Hemisphere 3 year olds and Northern Hemisphere four year olds
Weight 3YO 54.5kg, NH & SH 4YO+ 57kg
Purse US$5,000,000

The Dubai Sheema Classic is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Arab Emirates open to thoroughbreds which are four-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (approximately ​1 12 miles; 2410 metres since 2010) on the turf track at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, and it takes place annually during the Dubai World Cup Night in March.

The race was first run in 1998, and it was initially titled the Dubai Turf Classic. The present name was introduced two years later. The event attained Group 1 status in 2002. Prior to 2010 it was run at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

The Dubai Sheema Classic currently offers a purse of US$5 million, making it and the Dubai Turf race the two richest turf races in the world behind The Everest, an Australian race making its debut in October 2017 with a purse of A$10 million[1] (approximately US$7.4 million as of May 2017).[2]


Speed record: (at current distance of 2,410 metres and Meydan Racecourse)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


1998 Stowaway 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:29.01
1999 Fruits of Love 4 Kieren Fallon Mark Johnston Michael Doyle 2:28.45
2000 Fantastic Light 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:27.70
2001 Stay Gold 7 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Shadai Racehorse 2:28.23
2002 Nayef 4 Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:29.64
2003 Sulamani 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:27.67
2004 Polish Summer 7 Gary Stevens André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:31.09
2005 Phoenix Reach 5 Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding Winterbeck Manor Stud 2:30.54
2006 Heart's Cry 5 Christophe Lemaire Kojiro Hashiguchi Shadai Racehorse 2:31.89
2007 Vengeance of Rain 6 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:31.03
2008 Sun Classique 5 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock L. Cohen / W. V. Rippon 2:27.45
2009 Eastern Anthem 5 Ahmed Ajtebi Mubarak bin Shafya Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:31:84
2010 Dar Re Mi 5 William Buick John H. M. Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:31:84
2011 Rewilding 4 Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni Godolphin Racing 2:29.01
2012 Cirrus des Aigles 6 Olivier Peslier Corine Barande-Barbe Dupouy/Niel 2:31.30
2013 St Nicholas Abbey 6 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:27.70
2014 Gentildonna 5 Ryan Moore Sei Ishizaka Sunday Racing 2:27.25
2015 Dolniya 4 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupre Aga Khan IV 2:28.29
2016 Postponed 5 Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum 2:26.97
2017 Jack Hobbs 5 William Buick John Gosden Godolphin Racing 2:32.39
2018 Hawkbill 5 William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin Racing 2:29.49

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