Its finally here….This weekend sees the biggest and best horse racing action in the world. With a prize money of over $30 million and superstar horses from all over the world, Meydan is home to the Dubai World Cup Night.

The Dubai World Cup is one of five races on the night to be held on dirt, with the UAE Derby, Dubai Golden Shaheen and the Godolphin Mile also taking place on the surface.  The Dubai Kahayla Classic, for Purebred Arabian horses, is also a dirt race. The other four, the Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Turf, Al Quoz Sprint and Dubai Gold Cup are run on turf.

The main talking point ahead of the build-up to the race is that the action at Meydan, is a stage on which the world’s best horse Arrogate can show what he is capable of on his first trip abroad and without the diuretic drug Lasix, which has performance-enhancing qualities and is banned on race day in the UAE.

Arrogate leads a huge American team of 14 in total, but the Breeders’ Cup and Pegasus World Cup winner is one of only two international horses considered favourite for any of the thoroughbred races on dirt. The other is Chad Summer’s Mind Your Biscuits, who bids to give the United States a second win in the $US2m Dubai Golden Shaheen sprint since Meydan returned from Tapeta to dirt for the 2015 season.
The UAE has assembled 45 horses across the card with which to defend each race from the international raiders and Godolphin’s Thunder Snow looks the most likely to fly the country’s standard with success in the UAE Derby.

Satish Seemar’s North America has a strong chance in the Godolphin Mile, but faces the dangerous US-challenger Sharp Azteca.  Ali Rashid Al Rayhi’s sprinter Ertijaal is a rare UAE favourite for a turf race but his fine form this season means the Al Quoz Sprint, run this year for the first time over 1,200 metres, is within his grasp.

None of those horses mentioned have previously won a race on World Cup night, but there will be five defending champions on show, in addition to Lani, the Japanese raider who won the UAE Derby 12 months ago who runs in the World Cup itself.

Al Rayhi will saddle Muarrab in the Dubai Gold Shaheen with the intention of emulating the American sprinter Caller One who won at Nad Al Sheba in 2001 and 2002.  AF Mathmoon, who has also transferred to Al Rayhi’s stable, will bid to become the first horse since Madjani’s third Kahayla Classic in 2007 to win back-to-back in the Arabian race.

The Dubai Gold Cup has barely been around long enough to have multiple winners, having first been staged in 2012, so France’s Vazriabad will be seen as a pathfinder, as will Postponed in the Dubai Sheema Classic and Japan’s Real Steel in the Dubai Turf.

Arrogate arrived in Dubai this week and had a sighter of the Meydan dirt surface for the first time on Friday. His fellow American World Cup challenger Gun Runner and Sharp Azteca have cleared quarantine and were out at Meydan on Saturday morning.

Look out for further updates….

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  • N.Srinibasa raghavan 20 / 03 / 2017 Reply

    First and foremost my feel that I must
    Pay my respects to HisExcellency and whole of his Kingdom.it is going to be a galaxy of varied talents such as wonderful and capable jockeys
    And colorful trainers who are Supported by the Kingdom.
    The task to conduct such a massive sport is possible only with untiring and hardworking of Quality administrators with their richest experiences in holding such a Mega Event.
    Very few people are blessed with gift of live watching the show.not all and every one.
    Almighty does not grant such gifts to all very few only.simplest man like me will derive only watching on electronic media.So my best wishes to one and all who gather there may have a lady luck and best of luck to all punters and on the whole every success to RACING ADMINISTRATION.
    GOOD LUCK.

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