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.
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.
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.
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