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Dubai World Cup: Everything You Need to Know

Words by Nathan Irvine

One of the richest races on the planet takes place on March 30. We've got everything you need to know about it.

One of the biggest events on the horse race calendar is just about to gallop into view. On Saturday, March 30 at Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup will take place.

For those out of the loop, this is a big deal for a number of reasons. So for anyone that needs it, here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the race.

Dubai World Cup 2018

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AP Thunder Snow, the winner of the 2018 race

When and where is it?

The Dubai World Cup will take place at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, March 30. Gates open at 3.45pm.

Who’s the current champion?

That title belongs to Christophe Soumillon and the lightning quick Thunder Snow, who belongs to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The horse also set a new speed record along the way – tearing up the 10 furlongs (read 2,000 metres) track in an astonishing 2:01.38.

What makes it the “richest day in racing?”

Simple – the prize funds. The winner and runner-up of the race will each get around $12m each. And the total race pot has been raised to $35m – up $5m from 2018’s race.

Dubai World Cup 2019 - Almond Eye

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Dubai World Cup Almond Eye is put through his paces before the big race

Is there a dress code?

Technically, it’s smart casual. But as the race attracts the rich and famous from all across the globe, you might want to consider making an effort.

There’s still time to get that three-piece suit and dapper shirt dry cleaned before the big day. Go now.

Can anyone go?

Absolutely. General admission tickets give you access to the day’s races and the entertainment. Just head to the website for a variety of packages.

Entertainment? Like what?

There’s a real festival feel to the Dubai World Cup. Food vendors, drinks and live music are all there to be enjoyed. You’ll even find a dedicated kid’s area.

The one you’ll want to stay for is the concert after the final race. The stage has been graced by the likes of Seal, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson. For 2019 it’s pop princess, Gwen Stefani.

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