Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race, paying out over $6 million in prize money. The race is the highlight of the Dubai World Cup Night of racing, the single richest collection of thoroughbred races on the planet.

The Dubai World Cup is championship event that is intended to attract the finest intermediate distance runners from both the Southern and Northern hemispheres.

Run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs on the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse dirt track during the month of March, the Dubai World Cup is open to 3-year-old and above Southern Hemisphere thoroughbreds and their 4-year-old and above Northern Hemisphere counterparts.

Dubai World Cup Betting Tips

  • Punters have a good record of picking the winner of the Dubai World Cup. Short-odds favourites have a 50% strike rate in the race with winners rarely priced over 4/1.
  • Keep in mind that the Dubai World Cup is run on a dirt track and will therefore favour American racehorses trained on dirt rather than their British, French and Irish counterparts accustomed to running on turf.
  • 3-year-olds have failed to make an impact on the Dubai World Cup.
  • Instead it is 4-year-olds that have taken the majority of race wins, with 5- and 6-year-olds doing well in the race in recent years.
  • No racehorse has achieved more than a single win at the Dubai World Cup. This means punters should be wary of backing defending champions who come into the race well-backed.

Dubai World Cup Odds

Dubai World Cup History

The Dubai World Cup is a relatively recent addition to the thoroughbred racing calendar and was first raced in 1996. The event is the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and owner of the Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing.

During its history the Dubai World Cup has consistently attracted some of North America’s finest thoroughbred, with notable winners including Hall-of-Famer, Cigar, and Breeders’ Cup Classic champion, Curlin.

While British and Irish Racehorses do travel to the event, it has been unusual for winners of either the Irish or English Classics to compete in the event. As a result the race has been dominated by entries from the Americas.

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