The Dubai World Cup is renowned for being the richest
horse race in the world and the stakes are as high as ever this year with over
Dhs35m to be won by Group One riders!
No horse has ever won the race more than once, so it
really is anyone’s game. However, the favourites to win are Royal Delta, Animal
Kingdom, Monterosso, Dullahan and Hunter’s Light.
Last year’s winner Monterosso will be competing
against 12 other Group One rivals to defend his title as the Dubai World Cup
winner for the second year running, a feat that has never been accomplished
The Dubai Sheema Classic will see Gentildonna, the
champion three-year-old filly and Japanese Horse of the Year in 2012, take on
the winner of the 2011 Melbourn Cup, Dunaden. Other horses competing include St Nicholas Abbey (who came second last year), Shareta and Girolamo.
Meanwhile, in the Dubai Duty Free Group One, the 2012
champion, Little Mike will be competing with New Zealand’s champion, the 2012
WS Cox Plate winner, Ocean Park as well as Giofra, I’m A Dreamer, Sajjha,
Igugu and eight others.
The Golden Shaheen has attracted Krypton Factor from
Bahrain who was last year’s winner, followed by Mental, Gordon Lord Byron and
Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Kavanagh.
The unique Dubai Kahayla Classic, the Group 1 race for
Purebred Arabians, has also grown in popularity over the years and will see
Areem, TM Fred Texas and ten other horses competing.
The Dubai Racing Club’s International Manager Martin Talty
said: “There wouldn’t be many race meetings this year that contain 41
individual Group One winners on the same programme, which merely emphasises the
quality of horse that the Dubai World Cup meeting attracts from around the