The Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) will have its purse raised to $12 million for 2019 and total prize money for the Dubai World Cup card increased to $35 million, it was announced on July 25.
The Dubai World Cup has been contested for a purse of $10 million since 2010 and stood as the world’s richest race until 2017 when the inaugural edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) was held for $12 million at Gulfstream Park. The Pegasus had its purse raised to $16 million for 2018.
The planned purse increase for the Dubai World Cup will result in $7.2 million to the winner; making it the highest first-place prize in global thoroughbred racing. Gun Runner , winner of the 2018 Pegasus World Cup, earned $7 million for his victory.
The Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (G1) receives a $500,000 boost to $2.5 million while the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1) will see its purse double to $2 million.
While the $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1), and $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic will all maintain their purse money, the remaining three races will receive $500,000 purse hikes.
The UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) will become the richest dirt “derby” in the world with a purse of $2.5 million. In a similar vein, the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City—District One (G2) will increase to $1.5 million, moving it into the second-richest dirt mile in the world.
The Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2) will now be worth $1.5 million, making the 3,200-meter turf test of stamina one of the richest marathon events in global horse racing
Total purse money given away at other races held at the Meydan Racecourse will also increase to $1.83 million, effective from the 2018-2019 racing season.
Board chairman of Meydan Group HE Saeed Humaid Al Tayer said the increase in the event’s prize money highlights Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed’s keenness to support the growth of horse racing and ensure that the UAE has a superior infrastructure for the development of sport in general and horse racing in particular.
The first edition of the Dubai World Cup was contested in 1996 for a purse for $4 million and captured by eventual two-time Horse of the Year Cigar. This year’s Dubai World Cup was won by Godolphin’s multiple group 1 winner Thunder Snow.