(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 24TH March, 2023 (WAM) -- Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Meydan Racecourse will host on Saturday, 25th March 2023, the Dubai World Cup.
The 27th Dubai World Cup brings together 129 horses from 13 countries. A total of 78 international and 51 Emirati horses including those from the fabled Godolphin stable, will be contesting for a prizemoney of US$30.5 million.
For the worldwide equestrian community, the Dubai World Cup represents the pinnacle of excellence not just in racing but also in many streams of the thoroughbred industry. Over the last two decades, Dubai has created a vibrant equestrian ecosystem that produces both champion horses and hotbeds of industry innovation.
Since its inception, the Dubai World Cup has produced some of the sport's fiercest contests and most memorable feats. In 2000, Godolphin's Dubai Millennium won one of the tournament's most cherished triumphs while in 2008 another American star Curlin won by one of the biggest margins of victory in the Cup's history. Three years later, in 2011, Victoire Pisa and Transcend gave Japan a first win and a 1 – 2 finish in the coveted race. In 2012, Godolphin returned to the victory podium with Monterosso placed first and Capponi second. In 2017, world champion Arrogate wowed the world with an impossible last-to-first victory while in 2018 and 2019, Thunder Snow won top honours becoming the only horse to win the Dubai World Cup twice. In 2021, Mystic Guide recorded a 13th win for UAE connections, 11 of which were for Team Godolphin.
The massive increase in prize money for the 2021-2022 racing season reinforced Dubai's status as an international horse racing hub. Further, several new initiatives by the largest local industry stakeholders, estimated to be worth USUS$400 million (AED1.47billion), are giving a strong impetus to the global industry. One of these, the Dubai Equestrian Forum, launched in 2021, a joint initiative between the Dubai Equestrian Club and the Dubai Racing Club, brings together stakeholders from all over the world to the Meydan Racecourse to explore how they can shape a new future for the industry.
The Meydan Racecourse, in partnership with leading auction house Goffs, hosted the second Dubai Breeze-Up Sale this year on 21 March, a global auction of young horses sourced from farms worldwide that included some of the most established sires in racing. A confluence of leading owners and buyers from all over the world, the auction was another example of Dubai's growth as a hub for thoroughbred sales.
Dubai's success in equestrian sports and its emergence as the world's pre-eminent horse racing destination mirror its rise as a major city on the world stage. Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, horse racing has served as a metaphor for the city's quest for global leadership. This year's Dubai World Cup will be another celebration not only of equestrian accomplishment but also the emirate's spirit of excellence.