The dates for the 2007 Dubai World Cup have been unveiled as have the details of the all-new Winter Racing Challenge.
The world’s richest racemeeting, the Dubai World Cup, (a day - and a surrounding Carnival - that always attracts the best horses from South Africa) will take place on Saturday, 31st March 2007.
With prize money of US$6,000,000 the Dubai World Cup, celebrating its twelfth running in 2007, is the world’s richest race and is supported by the US$5,000,000 Dubai Duty Free and the US$5,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic, the richest turf races in the world.
Also run at the Dubai World Cup meeting is the US$2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen, the US$2,000,000 UAE Derby, US$1,000,000 Godolphin Mile and the US$250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic; giving total prize money for the day over US$21,000,000.
Along with the top class racing there is a huge range of hospitality options and glamorous events surrounding the day; making it a sporting and social spectacle not to be missed.
Super Thursday, run on the 1st March 2007 during the Dubai International Racing Carnival, is the lead in day to the Dubai World Cup and there will now be just over four weeks between Super Thursday and the Dubai World Cup giving the horses an extra week than in previous years to prepare for the big day. The extra week will also give the organisers more time to prepare the racecourse for an event of world class proportions.
Being run on the 31st March, the 2007 Dubai World Cup will coincide with the international holiday season, which will mean the event will be available to more international guests than ever before.The Winter Racing Challenge will encompass all racemeetings held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse during the early part of the season from Thursday, November 9th 2006 until Thursday, January 11th 2007.
Meanwhile, in an all new initiative, The Winter Racing Challenge to be held betwen 9 November 06 and January 11 2007 will feature a series of races over three different distances, 1,200, 1,600 and 2,000 metres.
The leading six horses in each of these race distance categories will have a chance to compete in their individual distance finale on Thursday January 11th with each race carrying a purse of AED150,000. The Winter Racing Challenge finale on January 11th will also feature two additional AED 100,000 turf races and an Arabian conditions race with a purse of AED 100,000.
The Dubai Racing Club will also acknowledge the leading owner, trainer and jockey over the nine weeks of the Winter Racing Challenge with a custom designed trophy, to be presented at the opening night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
In addition to the on-track action there will also be a number of glamorous social occasions being held throughout the Winter Racing Challenge, including Ladies Night, and after racing live music events. Further information on all of the events can be found on the Dubai Racing Club website, where you can also book a host of attractive hospitality options.
Mr. Saeed H. Al-Tayer, Chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, said, “The Winter Racing Challenge is a new initiative which will appeal to the local racing fraternity and the race fans based here in the UAE. The Winter Racing Challenge will not only showcase racing at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the early part of the season but also give racegoers a chance to sample the exciting new range of hospitality packages.”
Mr. Frank Gabriel Jr., CEO of the Dubai Racing Club, said, “We are very enthusiastic about the launch of the Winter Racing Challenge, it will give a completely fresh feel to the early part of the racing season at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The finale meeting of the Winter Racing Challenge, with a total prizemoney of AED 750,000 on Thursday 11th January will be a fitting prelude to the 2007 Dubai International Racing Carnival. “We look forward to welcoming all racegoers to Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday, November 9th, to what promises to be a thrilling racing season ahead.”