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The Dubai World Cup 2022 will be run on March 26 at Meydan Racecourse
The Dubai World Cup is the is the world’s richest Thoroughbred horse race, held at Meydan Racecourse in late March over a distance of 2,000 meters, featuring a massive purse of $12 million since 2019. Operated by the Chairman of Emirates Racing Authority, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it has become a major international racing event in Dubai.
The DWC has been held annually since 1996 and it has placed the United Arab Emirates on the horse racing map as one of the world’s most prestigious racing competitions. Over 60,000 spectators gather at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse to witness this adventurous horse race, famous for its spectacular entertainment and the richest purse of prize money.
The first Dubai World Cup night was held in 1996 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. It featured nine stakes races and was immediately labeled the richest night in horse racing. The event received an undoubted boost right off the bat due to the participation of the American champion Cigar. Cigar, as part of his amazing 13-race winning streak, shipped to Dubai and captured the first DWC victory, which, at the time, carried a purse of $4 million. It proved that the event could indeed draw the best horses from all over the world to this unique location far away from the traditional hotbeds of Thoroughbred racing.
Meydan Racecourse opened its doors on March 27th, 2010 and is part of an expansive property that also includes The Meydan hotel, a five-star resort that sits trackside. This impressive facility also includes a racing museum, restaurants and corporate suites.
Both the turf and dirt tracks are left-handed. The turf track covers a distance of 2,400 meters, while the dirt track is 1,750 meters. For the first five years, the DWC was held on a synthetic surface. In 2015, partly due to the concerns of top United States horses over the synthetic surfaces, Meydan switched to a dirt course, and that has been the surface for the World Cup since that time.
Stakes Races on the Schedule
- Dubai Kahayla Classic
- Godolphin Mile
- UAE Derby
- Dubai Turf
- Dubai Golden Shaheen
- Dubai Sheema Classic
- Dubai Gold Cup
- Al Quoz Sprint
American Horses that Won the DWC
- Mystic Guide (2021)
- Arrogate (2017)
- California Chrome (2016)
- Animal Kingdom (2013)
- Well Armed (2009)
- Curlin (2008)
- Electrocutionist (2006)
- Roses in May (2005)
- Pleasantly Perfect (2003)
- Silver Charm (1998)
- Cigar (1996)
A combination of a big purse, an exotic setting and outstanding racing competition has allowed the race to become a must-see for all racing fans.
The Dubai World Cup 2022 Will Be Run On March 26 At Meydan Racecourse.
The post-time for the 2022 Dubai World Cup is 12:50 pm ET On March 26 At Meydan Racecourse
It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds.
The 26th DWC meeting on 26 March 2022 now has a total purse of $30.5 million with all races securing at least $1 million in prize money.
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Mystic Guide, ridden by Luis Saez and trained by Michael Stidham, won the $12 Million DWC at Meydan racecourse in 2021.