Dubai: It’s been another strange year sport and in horse racing, but the 25th running of the $12 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline looks set to lift spirts and set pulses racing on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
Spectators are prohibited from attending the big day because of COVID-19 restrictions, but fans can still watch all the action of the nine races live on television thanks to a massive broadcasting effort that will reach across the five continents.
The card reeks class with five other Group 1 races, three Group 2 contests and also a race exclusively for the Purebred Arabian racehorse, which has come a long way in recent years.
The feature race of the evening is the $12million Dubai World Cup which has attracted a diverse field of 14 runners and is supported by top class races like the Dubai Sheema Classic, the Dubai Turf, Dubai Golden Shaheen, UAE Derby, Al Quoz Sprint, Dubai Gold Cup, Godolphin Mile and the Kahayla Classic for Arabians.
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Results – Race 1 | Dubai Kahayla Classic
1ST | DERYAN (FR) | D Guillemin | I Mendizabal
2ND | AF ALWAJEL (AE) | E Oertel | T O’Shea
3RD | MUBASHER AL KHALEDIAH | M bin Mashref | A Al Furaydi
4TH | HAJRES (TN) | E Bernard | C Soumillon
DERYAN wins DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC
Preview Race 1: Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored By Mubadala
The horses are in the parade ring for the start of the Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored By Mubadala the traditional curtain-raiser to the Meydan showpiece which features nine exciting races.
Run since 1996 the race is exclusively for Purebred Arabians, a breed who have been making giant steps with the help of improved breeding standards around the world.
The eye-catcher is the Saudi raider Mubasher Al Khalediah with stable companion Mutwakel Al Khalediah also making heads turn.
The majestic greys who are both trained by highly regarded Saudi handler Mutleq Bin Mushref, look the ones to beat.
Brraq, representing YAS Racing Stables, leads the home challenge.
He was just judged the Best Turned Out Horse and his groom awarded a prize of Dh 1,500 for his efforts.
Racecard – Race 1 | Kahayla Classic Sponsored By Mubadala
Gate | Horse (Country) | Trainer | Jockey
1 | AF ALWAJEL (AE) | E Oertel | T O’Shea
2 | AL ROBA’A AL KHALI (OM) | A Al Hammadi | A de Vries
3 | AL ZAHIR (FR) | A Al Rayhi | J Crowley
4 | BRRAQ (FR) | J C Pecout | R Curatolo
5 | DERYAN (FR) | D Guillemin | I Mendizabal
6 | FETTAH DU LOUP (FR) | S Al Ghunaimi | A M Al Balushi
7 | HAJRES (TN) | E Bernard | C Soumillon
8 | HAYYAN (FR) | F Sanchez | R Mullen
9 | MASHHUR AL KHALEDIAH (FR) | P Collington | A Moreno
10 | MUBASHER AL KHALEDIAH | M bin Mashref | A Al Furaydi
11 | MUTWAKEL AL KHALEDIAH (SA) | M bin Mashref | E Castro
12 | RB FRYNCHH DUDE (US) | H Alalawi | P Cosgrave
13 | RB MONEY TO BURN (US) | E Lemartinel | A Fresu
First race DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC at 3.45pm
Bright sunny evening
It’s a beautiful bright sunny day even though the mercury is a trifle on the higher side.
But nobody seems to care really.
They are here to enjoy a good day’s racing featuring some of the best thoroughbred and Arabian horses in the world, their talented riders and trainers who have meticulously prepared their horses for this red-letter day.
So don’t go anywhere, not until the 25th running of the $12million Dubai World Cup, which is scheduled to be run at 8.40 om (UAE time) sharp.
Let’s all have some fun!
All set for the first race
Less than an hour
Less than an hour to go for the first race of the day.
The action kicks-off at 3.45pm in the afternoon with the Dubai World Cup scheduled to be run at 8.50pm under Meydan’s magnificent floodlights