By Duane Fonseca
NEXT YEAR’S Dubai World Cup Carnival will have a series of new turf races aimed at the Classic generation.
The decision to introduce the four race ‘Jumeirah Series’ in the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival calendar was made under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Additionally, prize purse of the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic has been increased to $6 million, up a million from the $5m on offer in 2021.
The announcement was made mid September by Dubai Racing Club, hosts of the lucrative Dubai World Cup Carnival and the Dubai World Cup card.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, which begins on 13 January at Meydan, will have several new races for 2022. A series of changes have been instituted in the Emirates racing calendar for the forthcoming season, but the new announcements top the list, with the Jumeirah Series bound to make things even more exciting for the Classic generation. DRC will also be introducing an exciting new race on the Super Saturday card, which has long mirrored races on the Dubai World Cup card.
The popular Super Saturday card, sponsored by Emirates Airline, has been scheduled for 5 March and will for the first time host $300,000 Ras Al Khor over 1,400 meters on turf.
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, commented: “The introduction of new races within the framework of the Dubai World Cup Carnival is part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s effort to continually improve Dubai’s equestrian offering and support racing both within the UAE and overseas.”
“One of the most popular distances in thoroughbred racing is the 1,400 meters or seven furlongs distance and yet there are very few high valued feature events run over the trip. We believe the Ras Al Khor will eventually become a global fixture that will be promoted to our Dubai World Cup meeting.
“Moreover, the Classic generation are well catered for on both turf and dirt in the upcoming season. Longstanding 3yo dirt events such as the UAE 2000 Guineas, Al Bastikaya and UAE Derby have all been given prize money increases. We have also introduced the Jumeirah Series of turf races which is a significant addition to the programme. The series features the $150,000 Jumeirah Classic Trial over 1400m, the $75,000 Jumeirah Derby Trial over 1800m, the $150,000 Jumeirah Classic over 1600m and the $200,000 Jumeirah Derby over 2000m.”
Meanwhile, the prize money for the world’s most spectacular race day, the Dubai World Cup, which boasts a dazzling card of six Group 1s and three Group 2 contests and has been enhanced to a value of $30.5 million. Due to take place on Saturday, 26 March, all races will be run for at least$ 1million, which ensures Dubai’s commitment to supporting the industry.
Dubai Racing Club also announced that the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic is offering a US$6 million purse, moving it back to its pre-pandemic value. The Group 1 Dubai Turf, sponsored by DP World, is being increased to $5 million, whilst the flagship event – the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline – is maintaining the highest purse of the night at$12 million.