The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of United Arab Emirates.
The race was the creation of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
Part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, it has a purse of USD 6 million since 2004, making it the world's richest horse race. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (10 furlongs) in late March.
The race's first winner was the future United States Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Cigar, owned by Allen E. Paulson.
Dubai World Cup 2009 official site
Well Armed Wins the 2009 Dubai World Cup
The $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1) is the world's richest horse race, and as a result, attracts top older horses from around the world to contest the 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip on the dirt. Conditi