Today, Saturday, the Dubai World Cup for horses begins at the Meydan racecourse, the biggest, strongest and fastest in the equestrian world, which lights its candle number 26, in an exceptional version coinciding with the celebrations of the fiftieth year of the UAE, and the celebration Expo 2020 is approaching, bringing together the universe for 6 months of creativity.
As usual, the world will hold its breath at half past eight at night, when the main race begins with its record prize of 12 million dollars, with a long-awaited and customary competition that has become a “classic” among the horses of the Emirates and the Americas, represented in this version by its champion, “Live is Good”, who conquered his legend “Nex Joe”, and strives to break the domination of the Emirates horses, which have been imposed in the last 3 copies.
Horses from the UAE have proven that they are the strongest in their land, having won the title 13 times, compared to 8 for American horses, and horses from Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil and Australia have one victory each.
Before the main half, there are another 8 rounds, the first of which starts at 3:45, and what is new in this exceptional version is that the prizes for one half are not less than one million dollars.
For the first time in the history of the race, which began in 1996, the prizes rose to 30.5 million dollars, to be among the most expensive in the world, after reaching 26.5 million dollars in the last edition.
Records will be present in abundance at the current edition, with 131 horses from 19 countries, embodying diversity and geographical diversity, with the UAE being represented by 45 horses, including 16 for the Godolphin team.
In terms of global competitors, it included 32 first-class winners from the top of the world ranking lists, and with the masses returning to the stands and an expected attendance of 80,000 spectators, the number of audiences at the 26 editions will exceed one and a half million viewers, after last year it reached one million and 421,000 viewers.
For the first time, fans will be able to watch the race on Twitter.
The Dubai Racing Club announced that a record number of media organizations from around the world have secured transfer rights, including channels broadcasting the event for the first time. This unprecedented interest reflects the global appeal of the World Cup in Dubai; One of the great events of the sports calendar.