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DUBAI WORLD CUP BETTING (HORSE RACING)

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The Dubai World Cup has the richest purse in horse racing. It is a staggering $12 purse of which, over $7 million goes to the winner. The race, hosted at the famous Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been run annually since 1996.

It is the richest race in the world and naturally, it’s a pretty big deal. The race itself is hosted on Dubai World Cup Night, which is the single richest day of Thoroughbred racing in the world.

Dubai World Cup History

The race is hosted annually on the last Saturday in March. The race itself is a Group 1 flat race on the dirt and is over a distance of 2,000 which is 10 furlongs give or take.

Having previously been hosted at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, the first time that the Dubai World Cup was hosted at Meydan was in 2010.

It was originally on the all-weather Taffeta. However, the American participants were not altogether happy with that and it went back to being a dirt race in 2015.

The winner of the inaugural Dubai World Cup was Cigar.

The race is open to four-year-olds and up from the northern hemisphere and for southern hemisphere competitors of at least three years old. The first British-trained horse to win it was Singspiel in 1997.

2019 Dubai World Cup

The 2019 edition of the Dubai World Cup was won by Thunder Snow for the second year running. So there was history made at the Meydan Racecourse by Thunder Snow becoming the first horse ever to win the race twice.

There were 13 entered for the contest in some great company which included the likes of North America, Capezzano, Axelrod and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Gunnevera.

There was a thrilling climax to the race as well.  Thunder Snow got the win in a photo finish over the United Arab Emirates hopeful Gronkowski.

Down the home straight, ThunderS now launched his challenge Gronwkowsi, well clear of the rest of the field and got up enough to claim the win. The win had come from the second-widest draw in the stalls as well.

2019 Dubai World Cup Finishing Order

Thunder Snow, Gronkowski, Gunnevera, Pavel, Audible, Yoshida, North America, Seeking The Soul, Axelrod, New Trails, Dolkong, Capezzano

Gunnevera had charged from the back of the field to take third place. Early pace setter North America dropped back in the home straight, while Capezzano and New Trails who had been fighting at the head of the field, also faded quickly come the final bend.

2020 Dubai World Cup

The 2020 edition of the Dubai World Cup was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The race, with it’s mammoth $12 million purse, was initially set to run on March 28th.

The consensus at the time was that the race was going to go ahead without any spectators present due to the virus. Only horse connections, officials and accredited media and sponsors were going to be allowed at the race.

However, on March 22nd, the Dubai Media Office announced a full postponement of this year’s race.