The Dubai World Cup is a thoroughbred horse race that was first held in 1996, and was the idea of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The sheikh owns Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, and five Dubai World Cup winners have come from Godolphin.
The race is held every March in Dubai. The Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, completed in 2010, spans 1.5 kilometres. It is a spectacular facility, situated under a crescent-shaped roof, encased with solar panels, with seating for 60,000 spectators and covered parking for 8,600 cars. The Racecourse provides a 1,750m All-Weather track and a 2,400m Turf track.
The invitation- only event is the world's richest race, with total prize money of US$27.25 million across a nine-race card. The DWC raceday features three of the most valuable contests in the world of racing: the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines, the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and the famed US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airlines.
The race is open to Northern-Hemisphere-bred four-year-olds and older and Southern-Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds and older.
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