Nominations are open for the 2023 edition of the Dubai World Cup meeting, set for Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, March 25th.
With millions in prizemoney up for grabs, the Dubai World Cup is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the world and celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. The Group 1 Dubai World Cup itself, over 2000metres on dirt, has an illustrious role of honour, with such equine greats as Cigar, Dubai Millennium, Curlin and Arrogate having won it since its inception in 1996.
The feature race is supported by some of the most competitive races on the planet on both turf and dirt tracks. The G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, over 2410metres on turf, regularly attracts the best grass performers from Japan and Europe, while the G1 Dubai Turf, which last year produced a thrilling dead heat between Panthalassa and Lord North, takes place over the somewhat unusual distance of 1800metres.
The sprinters have their chance on both surfaces too; in the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, over 1200metres on dirt, and in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, over 1200metres on turf.
The card also celebrates stayers, with the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup, over 3200metres on turf, one of the most popular races of the afternoon, while the three-year-olds clash in the G2 UAE Derby, which also offers 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner.
The G2 Godolphin Mile, over 1600metres on dirt, is the first Thoroughbred race on the card, while the day’s traditional curtain raiser is the G1 Dubai Kahayla Classic, for Purebred Arabians, over 2000metres on dirt.