Top notch 237 horses eye 2020 World Cup Carnival


Dubai: As many as 237 horses, conditioned by over 76 trainers from 16 countries, have been accepted for the 10-meeting 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival which kicks off at Meydan Racecourse on January 2, 2020.

The world’s most famous racing festival runs for nine consecutive Thursdays before culminating in Super Saturday, March 7, the official dress rehearsal for the historic 25th edition of the $35 million Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28.

The 2019 DWC Carnival saw horses from Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, France, Ireland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA win or place in its races with all of those nations returning with exciting representatives in the 2020 event — worth a record $12.74 million in prize money.

Leading the entries are three-time Australian Group 1-winning sprinters Sunlight and Nature Strip, England’s Coronation Cup (G1) victor Defoe, Saudi-owned Chilean Triple Crown champion Cariblanco, Norwegian luminary Square de Luynes, Breeders’ Cup-placed South Korean superstar Blue Chipper, top-class French filly Edisa and American Group 1 winner and dual Dubai World Cup (G1) fourth Pavel.

Global Group 1 winners Zabeel Prince, Loving Gaby, Suedois and Desert Encounter, as well as Group 1-placed Prince of Arran, Vital Silver, Quip, Life Less Ordinary, Stormy Antarctic and Faatinah, provide the international appeal to the Carnival which will be watched by connections across the planet.

Mister Sea Wolf, Spinning Memories and Spanish Mission, as well as returning classic winners Silva and Gold Town, add depth to a mouth-watering catalogue of high-class contenders.

Meanwhile, several of the Carnival’s key races have received a significant boost in prize money — making it even more attractive to international connections.

The $350,000 Dubai City of Gold (Group 2) over 2410m, which has produced three of the past four $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) winners, will receive a $50,000 increase in purse. This raises the seven-race Super Saturday card to $2.7 million in total prize money.

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