The Dubai World Cup, a thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, has long been the world’s richest horse race. Accordingly, it has become one of the integral fixtures in the thoroughbred horse racing calendar and one of the campaign’s undoubted highlights.
The race was created by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the man behind the Darley Stud and Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.
The Dubai World Cup has a staggering purse of $10million, making it the world's richest horse race. It is also extremely popular with punters and the volume of Dubai World Cup betting has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past few years.
Results have often been spectacular and customers can find great value bets.
No horse has ever won the race more than once, but Godolphin Racing are the most successful owners with four winners, while Saeed bin Suroor has trained five winners.
Not surprisingly, the race has booked its place in the history books. Indeed, such is its importance in the racing standings, that owners, trainers and jockeys from around the world flock to the event.
The UK has been well represented with British foaled horses winning twice and Frankie Dettori, although Italian, proving he is an integral part of British racing, riding the winner on three occasions, a record which punters believe always make shim worth backing.
Such are the incredible sums of money involved in the event, it is easy to forget this is a horse race like all other – odds, predictions, bets, results and final placings all matter.
As one British racing journalist said: “Dubai and the whole of the Gulf region has transformed much of what we thought of as European sport, be it horse racing, golf, cricket or football. The list goes on.
“But despite this transformation, internet users can still enjoy great value for money when mulling over their Dubai World Cup betting – as well as other races in the series.
“It has become perhaps one of the most important meetings in racing and highlights the rise in prestige of Arabian peninsular horse racing.
“They might not have the history of some of their peers, but the odds are operations such as Godolphin will continue to dominate the final placings in leading races for years to come and the wise predictor should be mindful of this.
“However, Dubai World Cup betting was turned upside down in 2010 when Gloria de Campeo, Brazilian-owned and foaled, won the race. It was a surprise to those who think the Dubai fixtures would be dominated by European operations. It also showed that if you have a free bet through your online bookmaker, then it is always worth contemplating backing a relative unknown before making your final bet.
“Online bookmakers are always looking for an edge during meetings such as this and although Frankie would always appear to be an emotional favourite, the American organisations have always done well. It follows that backing American horses could be worth investigating, especially if one of your free bets needs to be exercised.”