The Dubai World Cup
- Posted by: Myers Jackson
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The Dubai World Cup:
Thoroughbred horse racing, Premier Tracks
The Dubai World Cup’s first leg of three trial rounds is fast approaching. The one mile Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 1 is Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Although today thoroughbreds run it at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse, it has not always been there. Since the race’s origin it was run at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. In 2010, sixteen years later, the track transfer took place. As a matter of fact, the surface was that of a synthetic Tapeta Footings. Consequently, a dirt track would replace that five years later.
Indeed, the first thing to greet spectators to Meydan Racecourse is their grandstand. Stretching for more than a mile this grandstand seats a hearty 60,000 people. This racecourse offers something for each member of the family, not just the race fans. Spend a day taking in the information the horse racing museum has to offer.
Make sure to check out the gallery as well. Bring the 9-iron and putter for taking in a round or two at the nine-hole golf course. Finish your day by getting a comfortable night’s rest at the 5-star hotel. The facility continues to function, even after racing has come to a close for the season. It doubles as a business and conference center. Sci-fi fans can marvel in the fact that some filming for Star Trek Beyond even took place here.
The Dubai World Cup: Thoroughbred horse racing, Premier Tracks
Moreover, throughout the years the Meydan Racecourse has seen many achievements. Including: Record Time= 1:35.48 by Spindrift in 1999; Incidentally, Most wins (2) by a horse= Le Bernardin in 2016 and 2017; Most wins (4) by a jockey= Frankie Dettori in 1996, 1997, 2009 and 2011; Again, Most wins (8) by a trainer= Saeed bin Suroor in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2011 and 2014; Another Point, Most wins (6) by an owner= Godolphin Racing in 1995-1997, 2001, 2009 and 2014*.
In essence, horse racing enthusiasts will be busy Thursday, January 11. Justifiably, Busy wagering and watching. Infant, Ready to hear those three little words…”And they’re off!”
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