Dubai Racing Club has received 1,412 nominations for 739 horses from 20 countries for Dubai World Cup night races, with some 136 of the world’s premier thoroughbreds among the nominations for the $10,000,000 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (Group 1).
In 2018, nominations for the Dubai World Cup include American champions West Coast and Forever Unbridled, as well as Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade 1) winner Talismanic, Japan’s Champions Cup (Group 1) winner Gold Dream and the previous two winners of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Group 1), Diversify and Hoppertunity. Other G1-winning nominees of note include Thunder Snow, Apollo Kentucky and Seeking the Soul, while top-class G2-winning athletes Gunnevera, Second Summer and Good Samaritan add significant depth.
International luminaries are abundant in the nominations for the nine-race, $30-million card – the richest day on the global racing calendar. The $6,000,000 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) over 2,410m on turf is topped by champion Cracksman, the world’s top-rated 3-year-old of 2017, as well as Japan Cup (Group 1) winner Cheval Grand and G1 winner Cloth of Stars, while the $6,000,000 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) over 1,800m attracted the world’s top-rated horse in training, Australian superstar Winx, a daughter of Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, as well as champion World Approval and last year’s winner Vivlos.
The card’s two sprints showcase some of the fastest horses on the planet. The $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (G1) over 1,200m on dirt is topped by defending champion Mind Your Biscuits, Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Roy H and Centenary Sprint Cup (G1) winner D B Pin, while the $1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1) over 1200m on turf features defending champion The Right Man, British Champions Sprint (G1) winner Librisa Breeze and UAE’s top-rated horse, Ertijaal.
A pair of Group 2 events, each worth $1,000,000, respectively boast strong global intrigue. The Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, a 3,200m turf marathon, attracted three-time G1 winner and two-time defending champion Vazirabad, as well as Big Orange and
Torcedor, while the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One, over a 1,600m on the dirt, includes Cigar Mile (G1) winner Sharp Azteca, as well as Kafuji Take and Accelerate.
The $2,000,000 UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) sees such rising stars as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Mendelssohn, Japanese stakes winner Don Fortis and G2 winner Untamed Domain, a son of Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom. At 1900m on dirt, the UAE Derby offers its winner 100 Road to the Kentucky Derby points, which can lead to a start in that American classic.
Scheduled for March 31st, 2018, the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup over 2,000m on the dirt has been won by such superstar champions as Cigar, Dubai Millennium, Invasor, Curlin, California Chrome and Arrogate.
2018 DUBAI WORLD CUP NOMINATIONS
|$10m||Dubai World Cup||Group 1||2000m (dirt)||136|
|$6m||Dubai Sheema Classic||Group 1||2410m (turf)||153|
|$6m||Dubai Turf||Group 1||1800m (turf)||253|
|$2m||Dubai Golden Shaheen||Group 1||1200m (dirt)||155|
|$1m||Al Quoz Sprint||Group 1||1200m (turf)||175|
|$2m||UAE Derby||Group 2||1900m (dirt)||140|
|$1m||Dubai Gold Cup||Group 2||3200m (turf)||93|
|$1m||Godolphin Mile||Group 2||1600m (dirt)||250|
|$1m||Dubai Kahayla Classic||Group 1 (PA)||2000m (dirt)||57|