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PEGASUS WORLD CUP – $US12m ($AU15.87m). 1800m, dirt, Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA.

Twelve $US1 million slots available for the race. The world’s highest rated horse on dirt Arrogate won the inaugural staging of Pegasus World Cup on Sunday AEDT.

DUBAI WORLD CUP – $US10m ($AU13.2m). 2000m, dirt, Meydan, Dubai, UAE.

The final race of Dubai World Cup night, the brainchild of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed is behind global racing giant Godolphin and breeding concern Darley.

THE EVEREST – $AU10m. 1200m, turf, Randwick, Sydney, Australia.

The world’s richest turf and sprint race is to be first held at Randwick on October 14. Similar to the Pegasus, there will be 12 slots available worth $600,000 each.

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC – $US6m ($AU7.93m). 2000m, dirt, different tracks across North America.

The richest race during the two-day Breeders’ Cup meeting which is held at different courses across the United States. Created in 1984 as a year-end racing championship for North America.

PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE – EUR5m ($AU7.93m). 2400m, turf, Longchamp, France.

The Arc is Europe’s most prestigious race with a history stretching back to its first running in 1920 when the purse was 150,000 francs.

DUBAI TURF – $US5m ($AU6.6m). 1800m, turf, Meydan, Dubai, UAE.

Formerly known as the Dubai Duty Free, the Turf is a key race during World Cup Night.

DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC – $US5m ($AU6.6m). 2410m, turf, Meydan, Dubai, UAE.

The Sheema Classic tests horses over a further distance than the Turf on World Cup Night where $US27.25m is up for grabs making it the world’s richest meeting.

MELBOURNE CUP – $AU6.2m. 3200m, turf, Flemington, Melbourne, Australia.

The world’s richest handicap race, the Cup captivates Australia on the first Tuesday in November. Legendary mare Makybe Diva is the only horse to win the race three times (2003-05).

JAPAN CUP – Y=476 million ($AU5.56m). 2400m, turf, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.

One of Japan’s most prestigious races. Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Japan Cup was brought to Australia by the David Hayes-trained Better Loosen Up in 1990.

BREEDERS’ CUP TURF – $US4m ($AU5.29m). 2400m, turf, different tracks across North America.

While dirt is the most common racing surface in America, there are still major prizes for performing on grass at the Breeders’ Cup meeting.

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