Dubai World Cup 2022

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Dubai Racing Club Press Release
Updated: January 11, 2022
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The Dubai World Cup, held at Meydan Racecourse, is the world's richest horse racing event, featuring a massive purse of $30.5 million. Wager on this exciting annual event online with OTB!

When is the 2022 Dubai World Cup?

On Saturday March 26th, 2022.

Where is the Dubai World Cup?

The Dubai World Cup is raced at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE.

Dubai World Cup 2022

1 1/4 m (Dirt) | Total race value: $30,500,000

  • 2022 Location: Meydan Racecourse; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Inaugural Race: 1996
  • Distance: 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Northern Hemisphere 4yo+ & Southern Hemisphere 3yo+
  • 2022 Purse: $30.5 million.
  • 2022 Race Date: Saturday, March 26
  • Where to Watch: NBC Sports and online at

New Incentives Announced For 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival

A range of new incentives have been unveiled for the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway on Thursday, January 13.

Dubai Racing Club is pleased to be able to offer new benefits for trainers and owners sending horses to Dubai to compete in the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival, for which the total prize money exceeds $7.5 million. These include two return Business Class flights for trainers, in addition to three nights' accommodation at a DRC-associated hotel. Owners (one representative) will receive one Business Class return flight to use during the Carnival.

Dubai Racing Club will also subsidize travel for stable staff, with one Economy Class return flight provided for one groom for up to two horses, flights for two people for three to four horses, and so on. Accommodation for grooms is provided within the International and Dubai World Cup Quarantine complex, adjacent to Meydan Racecourse.

There is no cost to connections for stabling or use of Meydan Racecourse's extensive training facilities. The separate training track complex, which has turf and Tapeta tracks, will shortly be upgraded to maintain the safety of horses and riders. This is part of a plan by Dubai Racing Club to develop all facilities in preparation for the Carnival and Dubai World Cup meetings.

The 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival commences on Thursday 13th January and runs until Super Saturday on March 5th, while the $30.5 million Dubai World Cup meeting takes place on Saturday, March 26. Several new races have been announced for the forthcoming running of the Carnival; the 19th edition. These include the 'Jumeirah Turf Series', for 3-year-olds, featuring the $200,000 Jumeirah Derby on Feb. 24, and the $300,000 Ras Al Khor, over seven furlongs on turf, on Super Saturday.

Stephanie Cooley, DRC International Liaison, is looking forward to welcoming overseas horses owners, trainers and jockeys back to Meydan Racecourse.

"I'm delighted with what we're able to offer this year as extra incentives for international horsemen," she commented. "Maintaining relationships with these owners and trainers is a key priority; they are integral to putting on our highly regarded Carnival. Last season was a challenging time due to worldwide restrictions on travel, so we were delighted to celebrate winners from Europe, South America and closer to home in the Middle East.

"The fact that we can introduce more prize money and incentives for 2022 can only boost the continuous support from our horsemen as well as bringing new players to Dubai."

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About the Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1996. Up until 2017, it was the world's richest race with a purse of $10M USD made available. It was briefly surpassed by the $12M Pegasus World Cup. Following the reduction of the Pegasus World Cup purse and the increase of the Dubai World Cup purse in 2019 to $12M USD, the UAE once again hosts the world's richest horse racing prize.

Before migrating to the Meydan Racecourse, which opened in 2010, the Dubai World Cup was hosted at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

The next renewal of the Dubai World Cup will be on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 and once again hold a purse of $12M USD. This follows the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the best racehorses produced by the United States have travelled to the Dubai World Cup and won. These include Arrogate (2017), California Chrome (2016), Animal Kingdom (2013), Well Armed (2009), Curlin (2008), Electrocutionist (2006), Roses in May (2005), Pleasantly Perfect (2003), Silver Charm (1998) and Cigar (1996). In fact, Cigar won the inaugural running of this race.

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