Dubai and Saudi Arabia Horse Racing Tips
Horse racing is becoming more popular by the year in the Middle East, as proven by the inaugural running of the new richest race in the world, the Saudi Cup, which took place in Riyadh.
Worth $20million and held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Cup drew the best horses from around the globe and was won by US raider Maximum Security.
Dubai has long been famous for its racing with a vast number of wealthy owners – Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohammed come to mind – dominating racing worldwide. Meydan hosts the Dubai World Cup, which is one of the most famous days of action.
Top Dubai and Saudi Arabia Horse Races
The richest race in the world, the Saudi Cup was first run in February, 2020, and was won by the Jason Servis-trained Maximum Security under Luis Saez. Worth $20m in total, $10m to the winner, the Saudi Cup attracted the best nine furlong horses around the world.
Dubai World Cup
The biggest race in Dubai, which has been held annually since 1996 at Nad Al Sheba (until 2009) and Meydan racecourse (2010 until present). The Dubai World Cup is the second richest race in the world behind the Saudi Cup and is the feature contest on a cracking World Cup night in March. The race has been won by Saeed bin Suroor on a record nine occasions.
Dubai Golden Shaheen
A Grade 1 sprint run on the undercard on Dubai World Cup night. The Dubai Golden Shaheen, which is run over a distance of six furlongs, was first held in 1993 and is a popular target for the best American speedballs.
Al Quoz Sprint
First run in 2007, the Al Quoz Sprint has moved up the status ladder from a Group 3 to Group 1 and is now run over six furlongs, having originally been over the minimum five furlong trip. Leading owners Godolphin have targeted this race in recent years.
The main turf contest on Dubai World Cup night, which is run over a mile and one furlong and is open to thoroughbreds aged four or older. The Dubai Turf is one of the richest races to be run all year on grass thanks to a whopping prize fund of $5million. Japanese-trained runners have won the race four times in the last six years.
Dubai Sheema Classic
A race for the stayers on Dubai World Cup night. The Dubai Sheema Classic is run over one and a half miles and stamina is crucial. With a total purse of $6m, the Sheema Classic is a much sought after target and rider William Buick has found the key to winning it with consecutive victories between 2017 and 2019.
Top Dubai and Saudi Arabia Horse Racing Tracks
Opened in 2010 to replace Nad Al Sheba, which was on the same site, Meydan is the main track in Dubai and has a mile-long grandstand that has the capacity for 60,000 spectators. A dirt and turf track provides variety for racegoers.
Situated 35 miles from the city of Dubai, Jebel Ali was built in 1990 and has the capacity for over 2,000 spectators. The horseshoe-shaped track, which is 2,200m long and has a 900m straight, is made up of sand and oil.
King Abdulaziz Racetrack
Biggest racetrack in Saudi Arabia which hosted the 2020 Saudi Cup. Based in Riyadh, the King Abdulaziz racetrack has superb facilities and will only become more popular over time.
Horse Racing in the Middle East – facts
Horse racing in the Middle East is on the rise, especially now that most of the big venues are hosting a new influx of thoroughbred contests rather than solely focusing on Arabian races.
All thoroughbred racehorses derived from three stallions back in the 19th century – the Byerley Turk, the Godolphin Barb and the Darley Arabian, all of which came from the Middle East. Consequently, the area played a significant factor in creating horse racing like it is today.
How to bet on Dubai or Saudi Arabia racing in the UK
Which bookmakers offer betting on Dubai or Saudi Arabia Horse Racing?
All firms offer Meydan betting and Jebel Ali Dubai horse racing betting and Dubai Horse Racing Cards. Bet365 tend to provide the best service, though the markets are quite fluid across the board. Saudi Arabia horse racing betting is far less common, albeit the Saudi Cup proved seriously popular with punters.
Where to find Dubai Horse Racing Results
Dubai racing results are carried on most horse racing websites, for example: Racing Post and Sportinglife. Meydan horse racing cards and Meydan horse racing betting can be found alongside Meydan results.
How to watch Dubai or Saudi Arabia Horse Racing from the UK
Racing from Meydan is covered by both Sky Sports Racing/Attheraces and Racing TV. Racing from Jebel Ali, or your standard fare from Saudi Arabia is only available via bookmaker streams.
Can you bet on horse racing in Dubai?
Yes, most firms offer markets.
Where can I watch Meydan Racing?
Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV or bookmaker websites
How do you get to Meydan Racecourse Dubai?
You can get to Meydan racecourse via taxi, train or car from Dubai city centre.
Is Meydan on At The Races?
Can I bet in Dubai?
Gambling is not permitted in the UAE, so you can’t bet while in Dubai.
What is the World’s richest horse race?
The Saudi Cup, which is worth $20million.
When is the Saudi Cup?
The inaugural running of the Saudi Cup was on February 29, 2020.
Who won the Saudi Cup?
Jason Servis’s Maximum Security came out on top from Midnight Bisou in second.