Dubai Racing Club

Inaugural Festive Friday Draws International Cast At Meydan

Friday marks the first edition of the Festive Friday card at Meydan, featuring two group races, three listed races and AED4.5 million in prize-money across the nine-race stand. Returning to the scene of his 2023 G2 Godolphin Mile victory is Isolate (Mark Valeski), who will step out in the AED1-million G2 Al Maktoum Mile for trainer Doug Watson. Tyler Gaffalione will fly in for the race from the States. "That was a great day and he's moving better this year than he did last year," said trainer Doug Watson, who...

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Dubai Racing Carnival to Offer Free Stabling To Overseas Runners

Stabling for runners in the International Quarantine Stables traveling from overseas for the upcoming season of the Dubai Racing Carnival will be free, the Dubai Racing Club announced on Tuesday. The season kicks off on Friday, Nov. 10, with the first of 14 meetings at Meydan Racecourse. Further incentives, including travel, will be decided by a special committee on a horse-by-horse basis. Stable staff staying in the quarantine facilities can do so for a fee of AED1000 per month (US$272). These incentives are in addition to the new Dubai World...

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New Dubai World Cup Bonus Scheme Unveiled

A new Dubai World Cup bonus scheme, featuring over $4 million in additional prize-money, was unveiled by the Dubai Racing Club on Wednesday. A total of nine races, all slated for Meydan Racecourse between January and March of 2024, will carry automatic entry into the corresponding race on Dubai World Cup night on Mar. 30, with a chance of a 10% bonus if they win both races. Horses are only eligible for one bonus per season and race entry fees still apply. The qualifying races, and their purse bonuses are...

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Full Programme For The 2023-2024 Dubai Racing Season Unveiled

The full 2023-2024 programme for the Dubai racing season at Meydan Racecourse has been released. Running from Nov. 10 until Mar. 8, the season includes 14 meetings and precedes the $30.5-million Dubai World Cup meeting on Mar. 30. In addition, the prize-money has been increased by 27%, with the minimum per race now AED165,000. The Festive Friday card will contain six stakes races, among them the G2 Al Maktoum Mile at Meydan on Dec. 22. There is also Fashion Friday on Jan. 26, with nine black-type races on tap led...

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Dubai Racing Club Renames Season, Boosts Purses

The Dubai Racing Club (DRC) on Sunday announced a new structure for the 2023-24 racing season at Meydan, renaming the entire event from December through March as the Dubai Racing Carnival and boosting purses by AED11 million, a 27% increase over last season. The season will offer three feature race nights starting in December (AED4.7 million), then January (AED10 million), and Super Saturday in March (AED 10million), which brings the total purses for the three meetings to AED24.7 million. The minimum purse for non-stakes races is AED165,000, which is back...

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'World-Class' Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up Has Mass Appeal

A total of 73 juveniles by some of the pre-eminent dirt sires from America complemented by a collection of top European turf stallions are set to go under the hammer during the second renewal of the Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up Sale to be held Tuesday evening in the sprawling parade ring at Meydan Racecourse. "It's just a huge honour and privilege to be appointed as auctioneer now for the second year by the Dubai Racing Club and the chairman, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, and it's a great feather in...

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Godolphin Duo Pose Threat In Balanchine S.

You've heard of Creative Flair (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire})? How about Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {Ire}), Magic Lily (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), Poetic Charm (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) or Promising Run (Hard Spun)? What do they have in common? Godolphin, for one, and they are all the winning alums from the past five years of the G2 Ballanchine S. at Meydan Racecourse. Either of the 4-year-old blue-clad torchbearers that are drawn into Friday's edition could carry on that tradition. Out of With The Moonlight (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and Tranquil Lady (Ire) (Australia...

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Nominations For Dubai World Cup Carnival Open

Nominations are now open for the 2023 edition of the Dubai World Cup meeting, set for Saturday, Mar. 25 at Meydan Racecourse. Celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, the Dubai World Cup will offer $30.5 million in purses across eight stakes races. In addition to the $6-million 2000-metre main event, supporting races include the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at 2400 metres; the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen set at 1200 metres on dirt; the G1 Al Quoz Sprint over 1200 metres on turf; the 3200-metre G2 Dubai Gold Cup on...

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2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival Programme Announced

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...

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Dubai Breeze-Up Sale Returns In 2023 With Partnership Between DRC & Goffs

The 2023 Dubai Breeze-Up Sale in association with Goffs, organised by the Dubai Racing Club in cooperation with Goffs, will return to the sales calendar in 2023. Slated for Meydan Racecourse in the week leading up to Dubai World Cup night, just like the 2022 inaugural edition, the sale will be confined to a maximum of 69 juveniles carefully selected by the Goffs inspection team. Travel subsidies will be available to vendors and all entries will again undergo a full veterinary examination prior to departure to ensure full transparency and...

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Meydan's Season To Begin On Nov. 4, As DWCC Enhanced

The 2022/2023 racing programme for Meydan Racecourse, as well as the enhanced $7.5-million Dubai World Cup Carnival programme, was revealed by the Dubai Racing Club (DRC) on Friday. The UAE's signature racecourse will kickstart its season on Nov. 4, the first of 21 meetings planned for the upcoming season. Next year marks the 20th edition of the DWCC, which starts on Jan. 6. Some tweaks to the programme include the addition of two new races: the $150,000 Thunder Snow Challenge over 2000 metres on dirt and the $150,000 Ipi Tombe...

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Record Number of Broadcasters to Show DWC Night

A record number of broadcasters will showcase the $30.5-million Dubai World Cup night card on Mar. 26. Eight of the nine races are for Thoroughbreds, anchored by the $12-million G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline, one of six Group 1s on the evening. The presenting team at Meydan includes Nick Luck, Britney Eurton, Rishi Persad, Michelle Yu, Tom Stanley, Angus McNae and Nick Lightfoot, plus commentator Alistair Cohen. Dubai Racing Club, with its appointed distribution and production company, Racecourse Media Group (RMG), and HBA Media, will broadcast to...

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