The nine-week Dubai World Cup Carnival programme was revealed by Dubai Racing Club on Thursday. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 with the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge, the G2 Al Fahidi Fort, the G3 Dubawi S. and the Listed Ertijaal Dubai Dash, the 2023 DWCC also features additional enhancements.
Several new races have joined the lineup, including the 2000-metre Thunder Snow Challenge, and the 1400m Ipi Tombe S. for fillies and mares. In total, there are 21 group races for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians, as well as 20 handicaps–10 dirt and 10 turf–complementing the Pattern races. The Jumeirah Turf Series for 3-year-olds returns for a second season with an enhancement of two Classic races for 3-year-old filly events also on turf.
Super Saturday will take place on Mar. 4, the official dress rehearsal for the $30.5-million Dubai World Cup meeting at the end of the month. There is also the new Ras Al Khor, which was oversubscribed for the inaugural running in 2022.
Major General Mohammed Al Essa, General Manager of Dubai Racing Club, explained the new look of the Carnival programme and said, “Under the guidance of Sheikh Rashid Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, we have been working hard on the Carnival progamme for 2023. We have reintroduced several handicaps which will hope will increase overseas participation and work well with the established group-race calendar.
“We look forward to welcoming horses, trainers, jockeys and owners to Dubai for what we are sure will be an exciting and memorable 20th running of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.”
For the full programme, please visit the Dubai Racing Club website.