All you need to know about this weekend's Super Saturday meet at Meydan
Super Saturday meeting acts as a traditional dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup, which this year takes place on March 30.
The 10th and final meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival popularly known as "Super Saturday" takes place at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, March 9.
The Carnival and Super Saturday provide horses, especially for the local owners and trainers, an opportunity to improve their rating and qualify for races on World Cup night.
Here is a all you need to know about Super Saturday:
Super Saturday acts as a traditional dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup, which this year takes place on March 30. The Dubai World Cup, the richest night in horse racing consists of nine races but the Super Saturday is a seven-race card with two races having already been run earlier in the Carnival because of time constraints.
Saturday's meeting takes place at Dubai's flagship racecourse Meydan, which is also the venue for the Dubai World Cup later this month. The first race takes place at 4pm.
Super Saturday schedule
Saturday’s card consists of two Group 1 prizes, one Group 2, three Group 3’s and a Listed race for a total prize fund of US$2.65 million.
Race 1 at 4pm:
Mahab Al Shimaal is run over the Dubai Golden Shaheen distance of 1,200m on dirt. The race will have an international flavour with runners trained in the USA (Switzerland), Ireland (Tato Key), Sweden (I Kirk) and Bahrain (Nine Below Zero).
Race 2 at 4.35pm:
Al Bastakiya is the UAE Derby trial, a Listed race on dirt that has drawn 14 runners, including Godolphin’s 2000 Guineas winner Estihdaaf and UAE Oaks winner Divine Image.
Race 3 at 5.10pm:
The Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint is run over the 1,200m Al Quoz Sprint distance on turf.
Race 4 at 5.45pm:
The Group 3 Burj Nahar serves as a trial for the Godolphin Mile, the opening race on World Cup night.
Race 5 at 6.20pm:
The Dubai City of Gold is run over the Dubai Sheema Classic distance of 2,410m on turf.
Race 6 at 6.55pm:
The Maktoum Challenge Round 3 is the feature race and the World Cup trial over 2,000m on dirt. Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, winner of the 2018 Dubai World Cup, returns for his first run of the season.
Race 7 at 7.30pm:
The Group 1 Jebel Hatta is a turf race over 1,800m over the Dubai Turf course and distance.
Prizes for fans
There are valuable prizes to win for racegoers from both the free raffles and the popular prediction coupons issued at the entry points. The Pick-Six competition has a total prize fund of Dh38,255, the Treble Tricast Dh152,000 and the Super High Five Dh20,000.
General admission if free while packages for the Grand Stand Suites range from Dh325 per person to Dh475. For more information visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live coverage will be broadcast on Dubai Racing from 3.30pm.
Updated: March 5, 2019 04:36 PM