Meydan, the premier racetrack in the UAE, will launch its 2022/2023 season on Friday, November 4, with the first of 21 fixtures, the Dubai Racing Cub announced.

The 2023 edition of the US$30.5 million Dubai World Cup meeting, one of the biggest horse racing competitions in the world, scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 25, will be the culmination of the events at Meydan Racecourse.

In a statement regarding the news, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Racing Club, expressed gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister, minister of the presidential court, and head of the Emirates Racing Authority, for his support of Dubai Racing Club’s initiatives.

“We are delighted to announce an enhanced programme for the 2022/23 racing season in Meydan,” said Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook. “We thank H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and the ERA team for their support, which has enabled us to enrich the fixture list and create a dynamic new programme that offers greater opportunities for international horses to compete here during the Carnival.

“We are also grateful for the support of our local horsemen and women, as well as our loyal racegoers, and look forward to welcoming them back to our iconic Meydan Racecourse for the first of our ‘Racing In Dubai’ meetings on 4th November.”

“Dubai continues to introduce initiatives to boost the sector and revitalise the global community of horse owners, trainers and other equestrian professionals. With its deeply-rooted traditions in horse riding, racing, breeding and various equestrian activities, Dubai also continues to be focal point for the global equestrian fraternity,” he added.

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Beginning in November, when Meydan Racecourse launches its new season, preparations for the Dubai World Cup meeting will get underway. On Friday, January 6, the 20th Dubai World Cup Carnival, which unites horses, trainers, and jockeys from all over the world, begins.

The Dubai World Cup’s official dress rehearsal, “Super Saturday,” will take place on March 4 at Meydan Racecourse as part of an expanded Carnival programme with prize money totaling more than US$7.5 million.

The 2023 Carnival, which debuted in 2004, will host a number of brand-new competitions, including the US$150,000 Thunder Snow Challenge, a 2000-meter dirt race. The US$150,000 Ipi Tombe Stakes, for fillies and mares on turf over 1,400 metres, is another addition that pays tribute to the Zimbabwe-bred mare that won the Dubai Duty Free competition in 2003.

For thoroughbreds, there are a total of 21 Group races. With a brand-new race called the UAE Arabian Sprint Championship, purebred Arabians can participate in the action as well. The remaining races in Arabia, including three Group 1 legs of the Maktoum Challenge series, are classified as Group events.

There will be plenty of opportunities for handicappers at the 2023 Carnival, with 20 handicaps on both dirt and turf that complement the pattern races and are each worth at least $75,000 US. In the meantime, the second season of the Jumeirah Turf Series for three-year-olds has begun. Nations Pride, the winner of the Jumeirah Derby the previous year, competed in the G1 Cazoo Derby at Epsom.

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