Dubai Racing Club (DRC) serves to organise and host horseracing at Meydan Racecourse, from November through to March, including the Dubai World Cup. Formed in 1992 to further develop and promote horseracing in Dubai, the first races held under rules were contested in March 1992 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Dubai World Cup is the highlight of Dubai’s sporting and social calendar and attracts the best horses and riders from all over the world. It is the world’s most spectacular race day with a total prize money of US$ 30.5 million for the showcase of nine races, including US$ 12 million at stake in the title contest. Meydan Racecourse is the world’s largest integrated racing facility and the racing season plays a key role in international horse racing.
Horseracing began in the Emirate of Dubai in October 1981, when the dusty Camel Track hosted the first Thoroughbred race meeting. Three races were run - a sprint, a mile and a mile and a half, organised by the office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Approximately 10 years later, in early 1992 the Dubai Racing Club was established under the chairmanship of Colonel Ali Khamis Al Jafleh, a UAE Air Force commander. In March 1992 came the official opening at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, where the highlight was the appearance of some of horseracing's biggest stars at the time - jockeys Lester Piggott and Willie Carson. A year later, in March 1993, with limitations on the free movement of horses shipping in and out of the UAE, the Dubai Racing Club selected the second best option, jockeys. On March 26 that year, Nad Al Sheba Racecourse hosted the inaugural Dubai International Jockeys' Challenge (DIJC). Five groups of two jockeys were invited to compete, with senior riders representing the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
The DIJC would eventually pave the way for the creation of the Dubai World Cup. The first Dubai World Cup was held in 1996 and thrust both Nad Al Sheba Racecourse and the UAE onto the global stage as American wonder horse Cigar, claimed the inaugural running. It was at the event’s 14th running in 2009 that another American brilliantly bookmarked the Dubai World Cup and brought to an end the chapter at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Well Armed romped to a 14-length success, a record-winning distance to herald the end of the Nad Al Sheba era. The next Dubai World Cup in 2010 helped introduce the iconic Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse to the world. The architectural masterpiece is the new home for the Dubai World Cup and is the world's largest integrated racing facility, with a Grandstand seating capacity for more than 60,000 nestling alongside The Meydan Hotel which boasts 285 elegantly appointed rooms and suites. The excitement of the first Dubai World Cup hosted at Meydan was equalled on the track that year as Gloria de Campeão emerged the winner in an exciting three-horse finish to become the event’s first Brazilian champion. In 2011 Victoire Pisa and Transcend gave Japan a first win and a 1 – 2 finish in the coveted race and in 2012 Godolphin repeated the feat with Monterosso in first and Capponi in second. Fast forward to 2017 and the USA was once again successful when world champion Arrogate wowed the world with an impossible last-to-first victory. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained, Godolphin –owned Thunder Snow then created history by becoming the first horse to win the Dubai World Cup title twice, with victories in 2018 and 2019.
Goldphin’s American based Mystic Guide gave a brilliant performance on the 25th running of the Dubai World Cup, as he roared home to win the Group 1, U$12 million.
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Dubai Racing Club organises and hosts racing at Meydan Racecourse, the world’s largest integrated racing facility with the season playing a key role in international horse racing.
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