The Dubai World Cup: Key Facts

  • Current Location: Meydan, Dubai, UAE
  • Inaugural Race: 1996
  • Current Distance: 1 & 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Current Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age qualification: 3 & up (southern hemisphere), 4 & up (north)
  • 2016 Purse: $10 million
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Video of the 2014 Dubai World Cup




A Brief History of the Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is the richest horse race in the world, and the ninth richest sporting event overall.  It is held on the last Saturday in March each year at the stunning Meydan racetrack in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates.

The race was created by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - more commonly known in horse racing as Sheikh Mohammed and the owner of Godolphin racing.

The first race in 1996 was won by the American superstar Cigar, owned by Allen Paulson, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Jerry Bailey.  Sheikh Mohammed has won the race which he created seven times, once as a sole owner (Singspiel in 1997) and six times under the ownership name of Godolphin.

The 2014 renewal of the race, won by African Story, was broadcast live in the USA on Fox Sports 1 and sponsored by BetAmerica.com - a relationship which will be repeated for the 2015 Dubai World Cup, when California Chrome will be the main American hope in the race.

 




Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Dubai World Cup:

Fastest Time

2.01
African Story - 2014 

Country Most Winners

9
U.S.A. (based on training location) 

Most Wins by a Jockey

4
Jerry Bailey 

Most Wins by a Trainer

6
Saeed bin Suroor

Most Wins by an Owner

6
Godolphin

Oldest Winning Horse

 7
African Story (2014) & Gloria de Campeao (2010) 





Historical Results for the Dubai World Cup

A record of all winners of the Dubai World Cup since its inception in 1996.

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2015
Prince Bishop
IRE
UAE
UAE
8
William Buick
Saeed bin Suroor
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
2014
African Story
GB
UAE
UAE
7
Silvestre de Sousa
Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin Racing
2013
Animal Kingdom
USA
USA
AUS/USA
5
Joel Rosario
Graham Motion
Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor
2012
Monterosso
GB
UAE
UAE
5
Mickael Barzalona
Mahmood al Zarooni
Godolphin Racing
2011
Victoire Pisa
JPN
JPN
JPN
4
Mirco Demuro
Katsuhiko Sumii
Yoshimi Ichikawa
2010
Gloria De Campeao
BRA
FRA
BRA
7
T. J. Pereira
Pascal Bary
Stud Estrela Energia
2009
Well Armed
USA
USA
USA
6
Aaron Gryder
Eoin G. Harty
WinStar Farm LLC
2008
Curlin
USA
USA
USA
4
Robby Albarado
Steve Asmussen
Stonestreet Stables
2007
Invasor
ARG
USA
UAE
5
Fernando Jara
Kiaran McLaughlin
Hamdan Al Maktoum
2006
Electrocutionist
USA
UAE
UAE
5
Frankie Dettori
Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin Racing