Feature Race: Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 at the
Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA)
whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of United Arab Emirates.
The race was the creation of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
Part of the Dubai
World Cup Night of races, it has a purse of USD 6 million since 2004. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up
and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (10 furlongs) in late March.
The race's first winner was the future United States Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson.
In 2006 the Dubai World Cup was broadcast live on TVG Network and HRTV and taped later for showing on ABC. It was the first time that the race was shown on national
TV in the United States.