The silver jubilee running of the Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday at the Meydan Racecourse. Here is all you need to know about the annual horse racing event.
What is it?
The Dubai World Cup is one of the most prestigious and celebrated horse racing events in the world and a key highlight on the UAE sports calendar. This year will be the 25th edition after last year's event was cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 event will therefore celebrate the Dubai World Cup's silver jubilee.
The Dubai World Cup meet comprises nine races, culminating in the lucrative Dubai World Cup Group 1 race - one of the richest races in all of horse racing.
When is it?
The 2021 Dubai World Cup takes place March 27.
Where is it?
Meydan Racecourse, Dubai
What races make up the Dubai World Cup?
The Dubai World Cup meeting is set to feature a total of 117 horses from 11 countries for a total prize fund of $26.5m across six Group 1 races, including a race for Purebred Arabians, and three Group 2s.
Here is the list of races with the prize funds and times:
3.45pm: Dubai Kahayla Classic (Purebred Arabians) Group 1 - $750,000
4.15pm: Godolphin Mile Group 2 - $750,000
4.50pm: Dubai Gold Cup Group 2 - $750,000
5.30pm: Al Quoz Sprint Group 1 - $1m
6.05pm: UAE Derby Group 2 - $750,000
6.40pm: Dubai Golden Shaheen Group 1 - $1.5m
7.30pm: Dubai Turf Group 1 - $4m
8.10pm: Dubai Sheema Classic Group 1 - $5m
8.50pm: Dubai World Cup Group 1 - $12m
What is the lineup for the $12m Dubai World Cup?
Displayed is horse's name, trainer, owner:
1. Mystic Guide (USA), Michael Stidham (USA), Godolphin
2. Chuwa Wizard (JPN), Ryuji Okubo (JPN), Shinobu Nakanishi
3. Magny Cours (USA), Andre Fabre (FRA), Godolphin
4. Salute The Soldier (GER), Fawzi Nass (BHR), Victorious
5. Jesus’ Team (USA), Jose Francisco D'Angelo (USA), Grupo 7C Racing Stable
6. Sleepy Eyes Todd (USA) Miguel Angel Silva (USA), Thumbs Up Racing LLC
7. Gifts Of Gold (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor (UAE), Godolphin
8. Hypothetical (IRE), Salem bin Ghadayer (UAE), Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed
9. Military Law (IRE), Musabah Al Muhairi (UAE), Nasir Askar
10. Great Scot (GBR), Abdullah Moshrif (KSA), HRH Prince Faisal bin Khaled
11. Thegreatcollection (USA) Doug Watson (UAE), Zaur Sekrekov
12. Title Ready (USA), Dallas Stewart (USA), Charles E Fipke
13. Ajuste Fiscal (URU) Antonio Cintra (URU), Stud La Pomme
14. Capezzano (USA) Salem bin Ghadayer (UAE), Sultan Ali
Can fans attend the 2021 Dubai World Cup?
There will be no fans in attendance at Meydan Racecourse this year, other than a few owners and sponsors' guests, who will adhere to strict social distancing.
How to watch the 2021 Dubai World Cup?
The entire meet can be watched live on the Dubai Racing Channel, while updates, race results and highlights can be found on the @DubaiWorldCup Twitter account and MeydanRacing YouTube Channel.