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Dubai World Cup: What you need to know


The world’s richest day of racing, the centrepiece of which is the Dubai World Cup a 2000m $US10 million run at Meydan, Dubai, UAE on March 30.

The final race is the brainchild of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum – the man behind global racing giant Godolphin and breeding concern Darley.

AUSTRALIAN RUNNERS Three Australian runners – Viddora, Brave Smash and Illustrious Lad – will contest the Al Quoz Sprint over the straight 1200m.

* Viddora

Age/sex – 6m

Record – 30:9-7-1

Best wins – Moir Stakes, Winterbottom

Stakes – $2.7 million

* Brave Smash

Age/sex – 6h

Record – 33:5-8-6

Best wins – Manikato Stakes, Futurity Stakes

Stakes – $3.5 million

* Illustrious Lad

Age/sex – 7g

Record – 43:10-7-1

Best Wins – Group Two 1200m at Flemington

Stakes – $832,897


Winx’s jockey will travel to Dubai for the race meet where he will ride the Japanese-trained Cheval Grand in the 2410m Dubai Sheema Classic.

Bowman will also ride former Japanese-bred Australian sprinter Brave Smash in the Al Quoz Sprint.


The Al Quoz Sprint has twice been won by Australian horses – Ortensia in 2012 and Buffering in 2016.

Australia’s first win in the Dubai World Cup meeting came from middle-distance runner Elvstroem in 2005, when the horse won the Dubai Duty Free.


Charlie Appleby-trained 2018 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter will run in the Group Two 3200m Dubai Gold Cup on the night.

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