Dubai Special – World Cup Night 2019

Thunder Snow (white cap) winning the Dubai World Cup

Once a year the ex-pats join the locals and racing fans from around the World as a huge crowd descends on Meydan in the Dubai desert for the richest race meeting on the planet. Headlined by the Dubai World Cup worth close to £10,000,000 in win and place prize money, the feature race has attracted an International field. We will have horse racing tips for the card there on Saturday, with a runner by runner guide to the feature contests.

Dubai World Cup

After the traditional opening race for Arab Horses only, we then have an eight-race thoroughbred card, a pair of Group Two and the other five at the very highest Group One level and equally split between the turf and dirt tracks, and thus appealing to everyone.

Traditional dancers are the norm before racing starts with a huge and spectacular fireworks and drone display in recent years, with a post-racing concert by Gwen Stefani after the racing as an added bonus.


Local UAE trainers dominate numerically as you would expect, with Godolphin heading the list of those with serious challengers in most if not all the races but this truly is an International meeting with raiders from America, Japan, South Korea, Bahrain, South Africa, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Turkey, Australia, and of course the United Kingdom.

Naturally, the European best chances almost certainly lie with those races on the grass though we do have a few runners on what for many will remain an alien surface and it will be interesting to see how they get on.


UK trainers represented here include Saeed Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, along with Simon Crisford, Charlie Fellowes, Richard Fahey, William Haggas, Ismail Mohammed, David O’Meara, John Gosden, David Simcock Ireland are represented by Aidan O’Brien and David Marnane as they all look for a share of the spoils.

Looking down the card and punters who like short prices could have a pair of building blocks for multiples with Muntazah in the Godolphin Mile at 12.15pm and Blue Point in the Al Quoz Sprint at 1.30pm, though there are plenty of other options available with Racebets who have superb International markets.


If you fancy the Brits to do well from the saddle if not with their horses then how about William Buick to win on Cross Counter in the Gold Cup at 12.50pm, Divine Image in the UAE Derby at 2.05pm and Old Persian in the Sheema Classic at 4.00pm. All our tips for the entire card will be online race by race on Friday evening here, with the Dubai World Cup offer from Racebets to help you to take full advantage of an exceptional night of racing.

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