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Dubai World Cup Race Info

  • 2023 Location: Meydan Racecourse; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Inaugural Race: 1996
  • Distance: 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Northern Hemisphere 4yo+ & Southern Hemisphere 3yo+
  • 2023 Purse: $12 million
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, March 25th
  • Where to Watch: NBC Sports

Dubai World Cup Day Races & Prize Money

RaceGradePurseDistance / Surface
Dubai Kahayla Classic1$1 million2,000 meters / Dirt
Godolphin Mile2$1 million1,600 meters / Dirt
Dubai Gold Cup2$1 million3,200 meters / Turf
Al Quoz Sprint1$1.5 million1,200 meters / Turf
UAE Derby2$1 million1,900 meters / Dirt
Dubai Golden Shaheen1$2 million1,200 meters / Dirt
Dubai Turf1$5 million1,800 meters / Turf
Dubai Sheema Classic1$6 million2,410 meters / Turf
Dubai World Cup1$12 million2,000 meters / Dirt

2023 Dubai World Cup Probables

Country GrammerBob Baffert$14,777,320
PanthalassaYoshito Yahagi$14,418,903
Emblem RoadMoutaib Almulawah$10,821,492
Cafe PharoahNoriyuki Hori$5,414,646
T O KeynesDaisuke Takayanagi$4,539,541
Vela AzulKunihiko Watanabe$4,032,917
GeoglyphTetsuya Kimura$3,517,498
Crown PrideKoichi Shintani$2,420,512
Ushba TesoroNoboru Takagi$2,312,019
Jun Light BoltYasuo Tomomichi$2,196,315
Salute The SoldierFawzi Abdulla Nass$1,650,618
AlgiersSimon and Ed Crisford$626,934
RemorseBhupat Seemar$511,366
BendoogBhupat Seemar$285,716

2023 Dubai Racing Carnival Information

The 2023 Dubai Racing Carnival runs every Thursday night at Medyan Racecourse from January 6th through the Super Saturday meet on March 4th. The schedule culminates with the Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 26th.

There are several major trial races that occur during this season. Amongst them are the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, Dubai Golden Shaheen, Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Turf and the Jebel Hatta.

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Meydan Racecourse Information

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. The 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.

  • Location: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE
    • Main track (dirt): 3 chutes
      • Chute 1: 2,000 metres (1 1/4 miles)
      • Chute 2: 1,600 metres (1 mile)
      • Chute 3: 1,200 metres (3/4 mile)
      • Track width: 21 metres (66 feet)
      • Maximum starters: 16
    • Turf course: 11 furlongs
      • Camber on straights: 2%
      • Camber on turns: 4%
      • Composition: Bermuda hybrid in the summer, winter rye in the winter, top dressed with two inches of Irish peat moss
      • Maximum starters: varies by distance

Dubai World Cup Results

3Country GrammerFrankie Dettori / Bob Baffert
5Hot Rod CharlieFlavien Prat / Doug F. O'Neill
2Chuwa WizardYuga Kawada / Ryuji Okubo
7Life Is GoodIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher
9Midnight BourbonJose L. Ortiz / Steven M. Asmussen
11RemorseTadhg O'Shea / Bhupat Seemar
6HypotheticalMickael Barzalona / Salem bin Ghadayer
1Aero TremVagner Leal / Antonio Cintra Pereira
10Real WorldChristophe Soumillon / Saeed bin Suroor
8Magny CoursWilliam T. Buick / Andre Fabre

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Race History

The Dubai World Cup (DWC) was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1996. Up until 2017, it was the world’s richest race with a purse of $10M USD made available. It was briefly surpassed by the $12M Pegasus World Cup. Following the reduction of the Pegasus World Cup purse and the increase of the DWC purse in 2019 to $12M USD, the UAE once again hosts the world’s richest horse racing prize.

Before migrating to the Meydan Racecourse, which opened in 2010, the DWC was hosted at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

The next renewal of the DWC will be on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 and once again hold a purse of $12M USD.

Some of the best racehorses produced by the United States have travelled to the DWC and won. These include 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) and Cigar (1996). In fact, Cigar won the inaugural running of this race.