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Dubai horse racing started life at the Nad Al Sheba racecourse until the Meydan racecourse was built on the same site in 2010. To say that this was an ambitious enterprise would be understating it.
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The grandstand alone is over a mile in length, accommodating 60,000 spectators and the course includes a horse racing museum, Gallery, 5 star hotel and 9 hole golf course. Out of season it is used as a business centre.
Dubai horse racing takes place between November and March on a 2400m left-hand turf track and a 8.75 furlong left-hand dirt track. Racing highlights include the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Day which boasts over US$26.25 million in prize money.
The Super Saturday meeting is held on Saturday 10 March and acts as a major prep event for Dubai World Cup Day. Despite the general air of luxury a wide range of viewing options is offered including low cost simple seating.
Leading Trainers in first 2 months of 2018:
1. Saeed Bin Suroor - 12 Wins
2. Charlie Appleby - 7 Wins
3. Doug Watson - 4 Wins
4. Salim Bin Ghadayer - 3 Wins
5. Fawzi Abdulla Nass - 3 Wins
6. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi - 1 Win
7. Jaber Ramadhan - 1 Win
8. Mike De Kock - 1 Win
9. Darren Bunyan - 1 Win
10 Niccolas Caullery - 1 Win
Fashion at the Races takes place at the Dubai World Cup where women and men compete to impress the judges who are looking for the best in style, elegance, creativity and practicality.
In 2017 Topshop/Topman were invited as Style partner to demonstrate through pictures and video how competitors can look their best on the day.
Subsidies and Incentives
The racecourse authorities are keen to encourage the best horses throughout the world to compete at the tracks and make it as easy and cost effective as possible for trainers to bring their horses to Dubai.
The Dubai Racing Club will subsidise the cost of travel for a horse providing it runs at least twice at Meydan.
Quarantine Stables are provided largely free of charge
Two grooms are provided for trainers occupying barns of 10 boxes
Accommodation in comfortable quarters are provided for stable staff. This includes a recreation room, swimming pool, administration office.