Dubai World Cup, which started back in 1996, was considered the most rewarding horse race anywhere on the planet.
However, things changed for the race organizers after the Pegasus World Cup, offering $12 million rewards in total. The Dubai World Cup offered around $10 million in winning money to the participating horses.
Dubai World Cup To Remain Number One
Dubai’s ruler, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is one of the most competing people in nature. He is always up for the next challenge coming his way. Here is what he had to say about the event as the second richest rewarding horse race competition.
“I always want to be one step ahead. I am always optimistic, and we want to be No. 1. I’m meeting with my people to be No. 1.”
When the ruler of Dubai was asked if Dubai World Cup will regain its previous first place, here is how he responded.
“Definitely. The future I think is open. We have a vision and we dream for that. We will put into place plans to improve the Dubai World Cup. I am very very pleased and honored to have all these people, our guests, and all these good horses coming together here.”
About Dubai World Cup
Here are some of the fun facts about this mega horse racing event.
- The organizers do not allow any gambling during the horse racing.
- The 1997 edition of this horse racing event was delayed by five days due to non-stop rains. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had ordered the UAE Air Force helicopters to hover over the tracks to dry them.
- The Dubai World Cup features in a total of $29 million worth of races.
- American bred horses have seen a lot of success in the World Cup. In total, 10 American-trained horses won the race.
- Japan has so far won only one race in 2011 right after the country got affected by the March 11 earthquake.
- One of the horses from the United States, named California Chrome won the fastest Dubai World Cup at Meydan clocking 1.25 miles in just 2 minutes 1.83 seconds.
The Dubai World Cup is one of the finest places for horse racing enthusiasts to get together and enjoy the best of the breed. People from multiple nationalities participate in the annual race. Horses from six different countries have won the race. Other than Japan and United States, countries which succeeded in winning the Dubai World Cup include Brazil, Argentine, Great Britain, and Ireland.