Dubai World Cup at Mey­dan will mark end of the ERA sea­son

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The 2017 Dubai World Cup will be held on March 25 af­ter the fix­ture list for the 2016-2017 UAE rac­ing sea­son was ap­proved by the Emi­rates Rac­ing Au­thor­ity (ERA).

Start­ing on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28, the new ERA sea­son will fea­ture a to­tal of 62 race meet­ing across five tracks in the UAE, fin­ish­ing with Dubai World Cup night at Mey­dan Race­course.

HH Sheikh Man­sour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE, Min­is­ter of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs and chair­man of the ERA, said: “We are pleased to re­lease the fix­tures for the 2016-17 UAE rac­ing sea­son.

“The sched­ule of­fers train­ers and race go­ers a com­pre­hen­sive sea­son across our five tracks.

“We of­fer rac­ing for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional horses in both the Thor­ough­bred and Pure­bred Ara­bian ranks and look for­ward to the start of an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son of rac­ing in the UAE.

“Spec­ta­tors will be treated to yet an­other re­newal of a top qual­ity flat rac­ing sea­son where the best horses, jock­eys, own­ers and train­ers will be con­test­ing for suc­cess in the meet­ings held at the coun­try’s best race­courses.”

The ERA sea­son opens at Jebel Ali Race­course on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28. The ac­tion moves to the Shar­jah Race­course a day later and pro­gresses to Mey­dan Race­course on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 3.

Abu Dhabi Race­course be­gins its sea­son on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6, while Al Ain Race­course hosts its first meet­ing on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18.

In a change to the 2015-16 sea­son sched­ule, the Dubai World Cup Carnival dou­ble-header moves from the first week­end in March to Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 9 and Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11 with Su­per Satur­day, the of­fi­cial prep for the Dubai World Cup, tak­ing place on March 4.

The sea­son will in­clude 10 meet­ings at Al Ain Race­course, 15 at Abu Dhabi Race­course, 11 at Jebel Ali Race­course, six at Shar­jah Race­course and 20 at Mey­dan Race­course.

Each of the five ERA race­courses will stage a sig­na­ture day of rac­ing with Abu Dhabi Race­course of­fer­ing the world’s rich­est Pure­bred Ara­bian con­test, The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown. Al Ain of­fers the Al Ain Mile for Pure­bred Ara­bian horses con­tested on dirt. The Ruler of Shar­jah serves as Shar­jah Race­course’s sig­na­ture event while Jebel Ali of­fers the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile and the Listed Stakes and Sprint. The UAE’s rac­ing sea­son ends with the Dubai World Cup on March 25.

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