The Dubai Racing Club has revealed that 1,600 records have been registered and 892 horses from 21 countries have been nominated to participate in the Dubai World Cup 2023 evening, which is scheduled to start on March 25, and the total prize money for its nine runs is 30.5 million dollars (112.03 million dirhams), including the main round ( Dubai World Cup), which alone attracted 171 participants, including 23 horses, each of whom had previously won the world’s highest-ranked Group 1 races.
Stephanie Colley, Director of International Communication at the Dubai Racing Club, said: “We are pleased with the quality and abundance of nominations to participate in this year’s edition of the Dubai World Cup evening, and that we have horses from more than 20 countries despite the distance, and this is an indication of the global appeal of the Dubai Cup evening.” Global. It is a pleasure to see the return of a large number of horses and trainers for the evening through the return of the winners of the 2022 edition of the Dubai World Cup races: Longines Dubai Shaima Classic, Dubai Turf, Golden Shaheen, Godolphin Mile, Kahila Classic, in attempts to defend their titles.
The Dubai Racing Club statement indicated that among the names nominated to participate in the Dubai World Cup evening, and the main race with a total prize pool of $12 million, is the champion of the 2022 edition of the horse “Country Grammar” owned by Amr Zaidan and supervised by expert coach Bob Baffert, to defend his title within His quest to become the second horse to complete the double in a row, after the legendary horse “Thunder Snow”, crowned with the “Godolphin” logo, champion in the 2018 and 2019 versions.
The list of nominations also included the three-time winner of the first category races, “Thebes”, and he may join them from America, “Rich Strike”, who caused a major surprise by winning the “Kentucky Derby”.
The “Dubai Turf” championship, with a prize of five million dollars, attracted 21 winners in the first category races, including the Emirati horse “Lord North”, who won the race in the 2021 edition, and tied with the Japanese horse “Pantalasa” for first place in the 2022 edition. The list also showed The return of «Pantalassa» again to the race, along with the champion of the Saudi Cup for last year, the horse «Amblam Road», who records his first appearance in the Emirates.
Joining the group of candidates is the second-place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the first category, Group 1, the horse Shearless Spit, supervised by Roger Attfield. Among the interesting names is the “Golden Sixty”, a seven-time winner of the first category races in Hong Kong, in a participation that may be his first in the world.
«Longines Dubai Shaima Classic»
The Longines Dubai Shaima Classic Championship, with a total prize pool of $6 million, attracted a distinguished group of horses participating in this race, led by the winner of last year’s title, the horse “Shahryar”, in addition to the winner of the “Arima Kenen” race, the Japanese horse “Equinox”, which is The highest-ranked horse among the three-year-old horses in the world for the year 2022, provided that the Emirati participation in this tournament is represented by many strong horses, including the champion of the “Emirates Derby” races for the year 2021, and “Brides Cup Turf” 2022, the horse “Rebels Romance”. With the “Godolphin” logo and the supervision of coach Charlie Appleby.
Irish coach Aidan O’Brien won the “Emirates Derby” on three occasions, and he was nominated in the “Derby 2023”, which extends for a distance of 1900 meters and is one of three races in the second category of the evening, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, the horse “Victoria Road”. . Among the potential competitors are the three famous American trainer Bob Baffert: the horses “Mr. Fisk”, “Newgate” and “Speed Boat Beach”, while trainer Brad Koch nominated 13 horses, including the winner of the second category, “Instant Coffee”.
«Dubai Gold Cup»
The longest distance race of the evening is the second category race, “Dubai Gold Cup”, at a distance of 3,200 meters, which may witness the return of the famous winner of the 2021 edition of the “SpecialTvest” horse, and the horse “Brum”, the winner of the first category, will join the challenge under the supervision of the expert Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Dubai Golden Shaheen
“Dubai Golden Shaheen” at a distance of 1,200 meters on sandy ground has been a good race for American horses over the years, so that in the 2023 edition this race will have 14 entries from America, including “Gonite” under the supervision of Steve Smosin, while the local challenge is led by the representative of the “RR” team R » the horse «Switzerland». Among the nominated names is the winner of the speed race in Saudi Arabia, the horse “Dancing Prince”.
«Al Quoz Sprint – Class 1»
The “Al Quoz Sprint – Category 1” on the straight track for a distance of 1200 meters has been a constant source of interest. And we can see the horse “Artorius” on a trip from Australia for trainer Anthony Friedman, while Charlie Appleby, the trainer of “Godolphin”, who won the first category, nominated “Creative Force” to participate in the race.
The horse “Bathart Lion” returns to defend his title in the “Godolphin Mile” race for the second category, in addition to potential competitors from Japan, most notably “Lauda Sion”, “Derma Lover” and “Solist Thunder”. From America, coach Todd Belcher, who won the race in the 2019 edition, relies on the horse “Pioneer of Medina”, while coach Savvy Joseph Junior nominated the first-class winning horse, “White Appario”.
«Dubai Kahila Classic»
The traditional inaugural race of the Dubai World Cup is the “Dubai Kahila Classic” race, with its prizes amounting to one million dollars, for purebred Arabian horses. 78 nominations were registered, including 17 winners in the first category, most notably the last two winners in the past two editions of the race, “Drian” and “First”. Class”, in addition to the winner of the first category “Lady Princess”, which is one of the best Arabian horses in the world arena. Johnny Jabbour À Dubai
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