Next year’s Dubai World Cup meeting will be even richer after organisers confirmed the jackpot has increased from $30 million to $35 million.
The event, which is the final meeting of the UAE horse racing season will be held on March 30 next year and enhances its status of being the world’s richest race.
The Group 1 Dubai World Cup receives a $2 million boost to $12 million and boasts a $7.2 million purse to the winner; the highest first-place prize in global thoroughbred racing.
The Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen receives a $500,000 boost to $2.5 million.
At 1200m on dirt, the truly global affair has been won by horses from the United States, UAE, Hong Kong and Singapore among its previous seven victors and becomes the richest dirt sprint in the world.
Enhancing its status as one of the top turf sprints in the world, the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint s will see its purse double to $2 million. The 1200m grass dash will now be among the richest in the world of its kind.
While the Group 1 $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m, turf), Group 1 $6 million Dubai Turf (1800m, turf) and Group 1 $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic (2000m, dirt, Purebred Arabians) all maintain their impressive credentials.
The remaining three races—all Group 2 events—will receive $500,000 purse hikes.
The UAE Derby will become the richest dirt “Derby” in the world with a purse of $2.5 million, consequently raising it to be the second-richest race in the world for 3-year-olds on any surface.
The His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival will take place as part of the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 at San Rossore Racecourse in Pisa on Friday.
Meydan Group was the headline sponsor for the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle in 2016 and 2017 as well and this year they have announced a record-breaking prize pool of €1 million, doubling last year’s prize for the festival.
Azizi Developments, a major Dubai-based real estate developer, will also be sponsoring the festival as part of its partnership with Meydan that extends to international events.
Azizi Developments is a Pillar Partner of the Dubai World Cup, which includes its sponsorship of one of the world’s top thoroughbred flat sprint races, the Group 1 $1 million Al Quoz Sprint.
“We are honoured to be part of such a significant sporting event as the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival,” said Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Group.
“Through our relationship with the Dubai World Cup and sponsoring the Al Quoz Sprint, we have experienced the beauty and brilliance of equine sport.
“We look forward to expanding on that by co-sponsoring at Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 on what will surely be a historic affair of horsemanship and athletic excellence.”
The 2018 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival consists of a series of prestigious endurance races, including a CEI2* 120km ride and a CEI1* 81km ride.
San Rossore Racecourse is considered one of the great endurance venues of the world. It is rich with racing tradition dating back to 1829 and hosts several world endurance events, making it the perfect setting to highlight the significance of the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival in Dubai, the most prominent ride on the UAE endurance calendar.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival, held at Dubai International Endurance City, is one of Meydan Group’s two key endurance events organised annually by the Dubai Equestrian Club, with the other being the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival.
Meydan Group has ensured that both festivals now have international editions held at premier endurance venues in Europe.
“San Rossore is a beautiful venue and we look forward to returning to Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 and the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival,” said Mohammed Essa, general manager of Dubai Equestrian Club.
“It is a very important event on the endurance calendar and showcases some of the top athletes of the sport.”
Godolphin‘s Gyllen achieved his biggest success in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam over an extended 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte in France on Sunday.
The improving three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt, trained by Andre Fabre and partnered by Mickael Barzalona, was held up as fourth of the five runners.
He remained on the inner turning into the straight and improved to second before taking the lead after the quarter-mile post.
Gyllen was strongly pressed by Crossed Baton but saw off that challenge and then was in control, winning by a length in 2m 9.74s on ground officially described as good to soft.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “Gyllen has delighted us with his performance.
“He is a very brave little colt. It turned out to be perfect opportunity for Gyllen to win his first Group race.
“We are now thinking about the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (10f, 15 August) at Deauville, in which he would not get a penalty.”