DUBAI WORLD CUP DATE ANNOUNCED
Dubai World Cup at Meydan will mark end of the ERA season
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.