The 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival programme has been announced by Dubai Racing Club and will take place at Meydan Racecourse over 10 weeks, including nine consecutive Thursday evenings, 2nd January 2020 – 27 February 2020, before culminating with the Super Saturday card on 7th March 2020.
A dress rehearsal for the $35 million Dubai World Cup meeting – the world’s richest race day – Super Saturday will feature seven course and distance preparation races. The total prize money for the 10 nights of the 2020 DWC Carnival is $12,740,000 and the 2019 renewal saw horses from Ireland, Australia, Denmark, France, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA compete.
An historic 25th edition of Dubai World Cup day will be staged three weeks after the DWC Carnival on 28th March 2020 and is topped by the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (Group 1).
The $350,000 Dubai City of Gold (Group 2) over 2,410m on turf, which has produced Dubai World Cup night winners the past two seasons, will receive a $50,000 increase in purse, which raises Super Saturday to $2.7 million in total prize money.
The 2019 Super Saturday card produced three of the nine Dubai World Cup night winners, including Thunder Snow, who contested the $600,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Group 1).
The $250,000 Singspiel Stakes (Group 2), won the last two seasons by subsequent Group 1 winners, receives an increase in purse and upgrade in status, while six $175,000 turf handicaps have been upgraded to Listed status.
The Dubai Racing Club Classic will be contested over 2,410m on opening night, 2nd January 2020, and will naturally lead into the Dubai City of Gold. On the same evening, the 1,400m Meydan Challenge leads to the $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort (Group 2) – a race that has produced multiple Dubai World Cup night winner – three weeks later.
The 2,000m Zabeel Turf on 16th January 2020 will feed into the $200,000 Dubai Millennium (Group 3) on 20th February 2020, while the 1,000m Dubai Dash is a prep for the $250,000 Meydan Sprint (Group 2) on 20th February 2020 – a race the world’s current co-top-rated sprinter, Blue Point, contested the last two seasons.
Turf sprinters looking for an extra furlong have an option two weeks later on 6th February 2020, the Dubai Sprint over 1,200m, which preps for Super Saturday’s $350,000 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint (Group 3).
The Meydan Cup on 30th January 2020 over the marathon 2,810m distance will be a launching point for stayers looking to contest the $300,000 Nad Al Sheba Trophy (Group 3) on 27th February 2020.
Among its 61 Thoroughbred fixtures, the Dubai World Cup Carnival will host two Group 1s, 10 Group 2s, 10 Group 3s and 10 Listed races along with four Purebred Arabian pattern races made up of three Group 1s and one Group 2. Twenty-three non-Listed handicaps will start with a 90 rating and prize money ranging from $135,000 to $175,000, while six $100,000 conditioned affairs for sophomores enrich a program that already includes the $250,000 UAE 1000 Guineas (Listed), $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (Group 3), $250,000 UAE Oaks (Group 3), $175,000 Meydan Classic (Listed) and $350,000 Al Bastakiya (Listed).