Image 1 of 9: Djainka des Forges led all the way and into the final turn. Rabbah De Carrere stuck tight to the rails and, in the approach to the finish, edged ahead to take the first race of the day. It was owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's second victory in the 2,000m All-Weather race for Purebred Arabians. Musharab finished third.
Image 1 of 9: Race 2 was the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha with $1,000,000 in pay-outs. Final placings were Variety Club first, Soft Falling Rain second, and Flotilla third. Winner Variety Club, who also holds the title of South African Horse of the Year, led from the gate, stealing first place from last year's winner, Soft Falling Rain.
Image 1 of 9: Race 3 was the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, also with a million bucks of prizes. What a race! The crowd were on their feet almost as long as the horses were! Irish horse Certerach earned first place, followed by Cavalryman and Star Empire.
Image 1 of 9: Race 4 was the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group with $2,000,000 on the table. British jockey Jamie Spencery rode Toast Of New York to a two-and-a-half length win, powering past second-place Asmar and third-place Emirates Flyer.
Image 1 of 9: Race 5, the IPIC-sponsored Al Quoz Sprint, set a course record when Australia's Amber Sky won the 1,000m sprint in 56.21 seconds. Jockey Joao Moreira said,“I think I gave him a good ride and he just went on to prove himself. He’s such a special horse.” And a horse with a million dollar prize! Ahtoug came second, followed by Shea Shea.
Image 1 of 9: Gulf News sponsored the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the day’s 6th race with a $2,000,000 bounty. Race 5’s winning jockey Joao Moreira was the second rider to win two events, this time atop Sterling City. Favorite Rich Tapestry grabbed second place, with United Color in third.
Image 1 of 9: Dubai Duty Free sponsored the sensibly-named Dubai Duty Free with a staggering $5,000,000 in prizes. The horses earned the money by setting course records with their final finishing times! Just A Way came from miles behind to nab first, Vercingetorix and Dank in second and third.
Image 1 of 9: Race 8 was the Dubai Sheema Classic presented By Longines with another half million in prizes. Two-time Japan Cup winner Gentildonna ran like the wind, snatching first and setting a new track record for the 2,410m turf feature, with 2:27.25 clocked. We’re not ambivalent about third place, which went to Ambivalent.
Image 1 of 9: Arabians chomp at the bit! The Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline dropped a staggering $10,000,000 prize! African Story made history for Goldophin stables by winning this race for the 6th time; jockey De Sousa gushed, “It’s amazing! It’s our home track & our own horse! I’m over the moon! Mukhadram came 2nd, Cat O'Mountain 3rd.”
The Dubai World Cup (DWC) is a thrilling day of thoroughbred competition where the final event is known as “the world’s richest horse race”, with the winner trotting off with a million bucks! We’ve shown you some of the glittering gals and guys who perch in the grandstands wearing feathers and fedoras - but what about the real action? How did the horses do?
Held annually since 1996 on the last Saturday in March, it offers eight thoroughbred races capped off by a dedicated race for purebred Arabians. The nine-race card of Dubai World Cup 2014 held an incredible $27,250,000 in total prize money - including a $10,000,000 purse to the horse winning the main event! This year’s races just wrapped up on Saturday.
The Emirates Racing Authority manages the DWC - headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai who also owns one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing. In 2010, the races moved to the new Meydan Racecourse, special-built solely for the DWC!
It’s one of the world’s biggest sporting and social events of the year, when the best jockeys, horses and trainers on the planet gather at Meydan where an 80,000-plus crowd of outrageously dressed spectators will wine, dine, dance to pop superstar Jennifer Lopez (this year’s entertainer!) and, yes - witness the battles on the track.
And about those battles? Read on to see final placings in every race together with a description of the best of the equine action!