Dubai World Cup Car­ni­val sched­ule to have $12.6m purse up for grabs

The National - News - - SPORT - AMITH PAS­SELA

The 2019 Dubai World Cup Car­ni­val has drawn more than 200 run­ners from around the world to bat­tle for a slice of the US$12.6 mil­lion (Dh46m) on of­fer across 10 race meet­ings.

Team­ing up with the horses from over­seas are 71 train­ers from 17 coun­tries and they will chal­lenge the lo­cal run­ners spear­headed by Godol­phin’s Saeed bin Suroor and Char­lie Ap­pleby.

The Car­ni­val, now in its 16th year, con­sists of 61 races for thor­ough­breds and four for Pure­bred Ara­bi­ans, and takes place on nine con­sec­u­tive Thurs­days, from Jan­uary 3 through Fe­bru­ary 28, be­fore end­ing with Su­per Satur­day on March 9, all at the Mey­dan Race­course.

Over­all price money is up 12 per cent on last year while Su­per Satur­day’s race card, the tra­di­tional dress re­hearsal for the $35 mil­lion Dubai World Cup card on March 30, which has been boosted to a record $2.65 mil­lion in prize money. The open­ing meet­ing of the Car­ni­val is a six-race card that in­cludes both the Group 3 Singspiel and Dubawi Stakes with prize funds of $200,000 each, as well as the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial.

The three rounds of Al Mak­toum Chal­lenge, both for thor­ough­breds and Ara­bi­ans, are other Car­ni­val high­lights and of­fer early point­ers for po­ten­tial win­ners on Dubai World Cup night.

The Mak­toum Chal­lenge has pro­duced eight of the pre­vi­ous 19 Dubai World Cup win­ners, in­clud­ing four of the past seven rich­est nights in rac­ing.

Mean­while, Jebel Ali holds the only meet­ing of this week­end, a seven-race card for thor­ough­breds high­lighted by a hand­i­cap rated for horses 85105 and rub over 1,800 me­tres.

The UAE cham­pion trainer Doug Wat­son has four en­tered in the 12-run­ner field with the stable jockey Pat Dobbs elect­ing to ride De­hbashi.

The oth­ers are Bowditch, Mizbah and Mu­ta­makkin. “De­hbashi tends to run well at Jebel Ali, so Pat has cho­sen him,” Wat­son said.

“He has the ad­van­tage of a run this sea­son, whereas Bowditch is hav­ing his first start for us and since March.

“We re­ally like Bowditch and he has been work­ing well. Hope­fully he will han­dle the con­di­tions and be a nice new horse for us.”

Er­wan Charpy’s Mu­daarab heads the chal­lenge along with San­deep Jad­hav’s Rio Ti­gre and Silch­ester for Emi­rati trainer He­lal Al Alawi, who is seek­ing a mile­stone 100 win­ners.

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