The Dubai World Cup (Arabic:كأس دبي العالمي) is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually on the last Saturday in March and currently contested at the Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From 1996 through 2009, the event was held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The race is operated through the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The race was created in 1996 by the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
The Dubai World Cup currently offers purses totalling US$21 million and is the single richest day of Thoroughbred racing in the world.
Speed record: 2:02.67 – Monterosso (2012) since Meydan Racecourse
Most wins: No horse has ever won this race more than once.
Most wins by an owner: 5 – Godolphin Racing (2000, 2002 2003, 2006, 2012)
Most wins by a jockey: 4 – Jerry Bailey (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002)
Most wins by a trainer: 5 – Saeed bin Suroor (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006)
In 2012 Monterosso (GB), owned by the Godolphin Stables, trained by Mahmoud Al Zarooni, and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, earned an exciting three-length win over stable mate Capponi (IRE). The finish gave Godolphin Stables and Al Zarooni the distinction as the first owner and trainer to finish first and second in the Dubai World Cup.
Sire: Dubawi (IRE)
Dam: Porto Roca (AUS)
Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni
The Dubai World Cup is a extravagance and fashion contest as well. The Jaguar Style Stakes competition, sponsored by automotive major Jaguar for the fourth year, will see a panel of judges from the fashion and media industry crowning Dubai’s fashionistas under various categories. They include ‘Best Dressed Lady’ (winner and runner-up), ‘Best Hat’, ‘Best Dressed Man’, ‘Best Dressed Couple’ and ‘Most Creative Hat’. The lucky ‘Best Dressed Lady’ will drive away a brand new Jaguar XK for a year and winners of the other categories will receive prizes from Jaguar and other sponsors. There will also be a ‘Most Elegant Lady’, sponsored by Longines and selected by a team of style spotters as racing guests arrive on the day. The Jaguar Style Stakes Arena will be in the Apron area of Meydan Grandstand. Participants must be 21 or older. While online registration opened in early March, entrants can also register in person on race day. The winner must be a UAE resident and hold a valid UAE driver’s licence to qualify for the Jaguar prize.
DubaiBlog will be present at the Dubai World Cup 2013. Mrs Mary Samele, one of our freelance bloggers, will attend the event with a dress designed by the young fashion stylist Andrea Brocca and a hat designed by the hat-stylist Daria Seri.