The Dubai World Cup was run for the first time. Carrying a prize purse of $4m it burst onto horse-racing’s international rich list. America’s champion racehorse, Cigar was on a 13-run winning streak when he boarded a plane bound for Dubai. His trainer, Bill Mott likened the journey to a “trip to the moon”.
Yet Cigar’s owner, Allen Paulson, an aviation magnate, was determined to take a brave step into the unknown. His star galloper duly made the trip, accompanied by fellow US runners, Soul Of The Matter and L,Carriere, both also destined for a berth in the Dubai World Cup starting gate. Cigar's historic victory under Jerry Bailey placed the Dubai World Cup on the global racing map