The draw for the Dubai World Cup in its 27th edition, which took place yesterday at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, was difficult for the title holder, the Saudi horse, “Country Grammer”, who starts from Gate 14. The draw was held in the presence of Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Club. Dubai Horse Racing and Dubai Equestrian Club, member of the Board of Directors, Director General of the Dubai Racing Club and Dubai Equestrian Club, Major General Dr. Muhammad Al-Azab, Director General of the Emirates Horse Racing Authority, Muhammad Al-Shehhi, representatives of sponsoring companies, and owners and trainers of horses participating in the evening that begins next Saturday, with the participation of 127 Horses representing 13 countries compete for their nine titles, with a total prize pool of $30.5 million.
The results of the draw for the ninth round and the president of the Dubai World Cup, whose total prize money is $ 12 million, and is held at a distance of 2000 sandy meters in the world-class “Group 1” category, smiled in part, in the face of the defending champion, “Gramer”, after the lottery placed his most prominent competitor. On the title of the 2023 edition, the Japanese horse “Panthalassa”, coming from victory in the “Saudi Cup” title last month in the 15th and final gate, especially since awarding the results of the lottery gates between 5 and 8 allows the horses to compete more easily in the race compared to the horses that the lottery placed in the side gates, Which increases in difficulty through the first and last starting gates (1 and 15).
The lottery was fair to the representatives of the Emirates, after it awarded the Emirati horse “Bandouq” to Muhammad Ahmed, the seventh gate, the best ever, while it was somewhat difficult for the second representative of the country, “Algers”, owned by Hamdan Al-Sabousi, in Gate 13.
As for the representatives of the Arabs, the representative of Kuwait, the horse “Remors”, came with the slogan “Al-Rashid Stables” in the first gate, compared to a relatively easier gate for the representative of Bahrain, “Salute the Soldier” with the slogan “Victoria Racing”, which starts from the fourth gate.
The representatives of Japan got the most luck from the results of the lottery, with the start of the Japan Cup champion for the current season, “Villa Azul”, from the fifth gate, followed by his compatriot “Two Keniz” from the sixth, and then from gates 8 and 9 for the representatives of Japan: “Yoshba Tesoro” and “Kavi Farrow”. Compared to two relatively difficult gates for the last representatives of Japan, “John Light Bolt” in the third gate, and “Crown Pride” from gate 13.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum welcomed the UAE guests at the 27th session of the evening, and said in a press statement: “The Dubai World Cup marks for the first time the holy month of Ramadan, drawing inspiration from it the values of goodness and tolerance.” He added, “Since its inception in 1996, the Dubai World Cup has highlighted Dubai as a shining star in the sky of international racing, and provides the world with the best production, training and skill horses through various races suitable for all horses.”
He continued: «With the wisdom of the wise leadership and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his continuous support, the Dubai World Cup contributed to making Dubai a global center of attraction for racing, and today we are proud of your presence in this session that witnesses 13 participants. A country, in unique encounters that bring together the horses of the East, West, North and South, and this is what strengthens the ties between the parties to the races on the globe.
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Horses representing 13 countries will compete for the nine round titles at the Dubai World Cup next Saturday.
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