Dubai World Cup Day will now be worth $30.5 million, and the Dubai World Cup Carnival has also received a prizemoney boost, the Dubai Racing Club announced on Tuesday.
The 2021-2022 racing season begins Nov. 4, and total purse money on offer throughout the season has been increased to over $40 million. Every race on the Mar. 26 Dubai World Cup card will be worth at least $1 million, while Super Saturday on Mar. 5 has had its prizemoney increased to over $2.2 million. The prizemoney for the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 and the G1 Jebel Hatta are now worth $450,000 and $350,000, respectively. The domestic racing season has been enhanced too with over $2.3 million in purses, and the Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC), which begins on Jan. 13 and is sponsored by Emirates Airlines, is now valued at more than $7.5million.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Racing Club, said, “The directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the prize money for the 2021-2022 flat-racing season are part of Dubai's commitment to support global horse racing in rebounding from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as enhancing the horizons of excellence in both domestic and international racing. Under His Highness's leadership, Dubai has been proactive in ensuring that horse racing continues to thrive in a protected environment that ensures the safety of all participants without compromising on the passion and competitive spirit that animates this sport.
“As a major hub for horse racing events, Dubai will continue to take leadership in introducing initiatives that boost the sector and revitalize the global fraternity of horse owners, trainers and other equestrian professionals. We look forward to witnessing more iconic races, discovering new stars, and celebrating this wonderful sport in our new season, which begins in November.”
He added, “I would like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in the industry and the sport we love, including owners, trainers, jockeys, and all the hardworking staff at the stables who have been a great asset to the industry both locally and across the globe, for standing by horse racing through what has been a challenging 18 months. I would also like to thank our loyal horse racing fans for their continued support. Finally, to our valued sponsors, their support in presenting this exciting season ahead is fundamental, and we truly appreciate their partnership.