By Duane Fonseca
Dubai Racing Club have announced an overall increase in the prize money for the 2021-22 season, with the total purse on Dubai World Cup night bumped up to and set at a staggering $30.5million.
Additionally, that is part of the total prize money for the season which now stands at an excess of $40million.
The decision to increase the prize purse for the season was taken under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The domestic racing season offers over $2.3million while the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) is now valued at more than $7.5 million. The 26th Dubai World Cup meeting on 26 March now has a total purse of $30.5 million, with all races securing at least $1 million in prize money.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Racing Club, said: “The directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the prize money for the 2021-2022 flat-racing season are part of Dubai’s commitment to support global horse racing in rebounding from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as enhancing the horizons of excellence in both domestic and international racing.
“Under His Highness’s leadership, Dubai has been proactive in ensuring that horse racing continues to thrive in a protected environment that ensures the safety of all participants without compromising on the passion and competitive spirit that animates this sport.”