Every year on the last Saturday of March, Dubai grabs the attention of the international sporting community, with its Dubai World Cup. Wondering what makes it so special and a head turner? Fastest horses, finest equestrian facilities, and fab styles: here we share some amazing information that makes Dubai World Cup one of Dubai’s top bucket-list sporting events.
- The Dubai World Cup offers a $10 million purse, which was the largest in the world until this year’s inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup.
- Gambling is not allowed in the UAE, so fans and media come just for the spectacle of the day, including fireworks, performers and top-tier racing.
- Displaying a whirlwind of royalty, rich heritage, and chunks of excitement, Dubai World Cup is without a doubt the UAE’s most prestigious sporting event. On the international horse-racing scene, it is world’s most valuable horse racing competition with a mind-boggling spectrum of spectacles.
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai who is heavily involved in horse racing around the globe, orchestrated the first Dubai World Cup in 1996 after having organized the first Thoroughbred racing in Dubai in 1981.
- No horse from South Africa has ever won the Dubai World Cup. Mubtaahij will try this year.
- The Dubai World Cup isn’t the only race at Meydan on Saturday. The day features nine Thoroughbred races worth $29 million in all.
- A total of 10 American-trained horses have won the race, including Cigar, Invasor and Animal Kingdom.
- The race has been run at two tracks, Nad al Sheba from 1996 through 2009 and Meydan from 2010 to present, and on three different surfaces: dirt at Nad al Sheba, a synthetic surface at Meydan (2010-2014) and dirt at Meydan (2015-present).
- American trainer Bob Baffert didn’t yet have a passport when he decided to send Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm to the Dubai World Cup in 1998. Silver Charm won, and Baffert won again in 2001 with Captain Steve. He has Arrogate and Hoppertunity in the race this year.
- Japan won its first and only Dubai World Cup in 2011, shortly after the country suffered destruction from a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Victoire Pisa led fellow Japanese-trained Transcend across the wire for an emotional 1-2 Japanese finish.
- California Chrome ran the fastest Dubai World Cup at Meydan last year, completing the 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.83.
While thoroughbred horses will capture the crowd’s imagination during the event, the championship will come to a close with an enthralling performance by the mysterious Sia. The Australian hit-maker behind songs such as Chandelier and Cheap Thrills will wow the crow with a 70-minute electrifying performance of her biggest hits. This is one concert we recommend not missing.
Source: Fox Sports