curlin dubai world cupCurlin winning the 2008 Dubai World Cup
(The Age)

The Board of Directors for the Emirates Racing Authority has released fixtures for the 2008-09 UAE racing season and have announced that the 2009 Dubai World Cup will be held on Saturday, 28 March.

The world’s richest day’s racing will be the highlight of 46 race meetings this season, hosted by three racing clubs of the United Arab Emirates; the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Dubai Racing Club and Jebel Ali Racecourse.

The season will open at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday, 6 November, the first of 21 fixtures there.

The first 10 fixtures make up the Winter Racing Challenge, before the Dubai International Racing Carnival commences on Thursday, 15 January, with the first rounds of the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge.

The 10 2009 DIRC fixtures will be held on the corresponding weekends to that of last season, and climaxes with the Super Thursday meeting on Thursday, 5 March.

Jebel Ali will host the first of their 10 Friday meetings on 21 November, while Abu Dhabi stages 15 Sunday fixtures, commencing on 9 November.

From a Summerhill perspective, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the challenge by Kahal’s Desert Links, Galant Gagnant and Art of War, as well as last season’s electrifying performer Imbongi.