THE TRULY international character of the Dubai World Cup Carnival received a massive boost last week after Dubai Racing Club (DRC) announced the list of accepted horses that will compete during the ten meetings of the 2020 renewal. The 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival runs for nine consecutive Thursdays from 2 January to 27 February and culminates with the Super Saturday meeting on 7 March. Super Saturday has traditionally served as the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup card, with the 2019 renewal producing three of the nine Dubai World Cup night winners. The list of accepted horses released by DRC features 237 names from 16 countries conditioned by a total of 76 trainers.
Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, France, Ireland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA will once again be represented during the 2020 DWC Carnival. A total of 61 Thoroughbred races and four Group Purebred Arabian contests will be held, with several international stars set to travel to Dubai to compete for the record $12.74 million in prize money. Leading the lineup are thrice Australian Group 1 winning sprinters Sunlight and Nature Strip, England’s Group 1 Coronation Cup victor Defoe, Saudi-owned Chilean Triple Crown Champion Cariblanco, Norwegian luminary Square de Luynes, Breeders’ Cup placed South Korean superstar Blue Chipper, top class French filly Edisa and American Grade One winner and dual Dubai World Cup fourth Pavel. Global Group One winners Zabeel Prince, Loving Gaby, Suedois and Desert Encounter, as well as Group One placed Prince of Arran, Vital Silver, Quip, Life Less Ordinary, Stormy Antarctic and Faatinah, all bring elite form. Proven types Mister Sea Wolf, Spinning Memories and Spanish Mission, as well as returning Classic winners Silva and Gold Town, flesh out a classy, complex and encompassing list.