Dubai World Cup Betting 2021

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With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world in March 2020, the 2020 running of the Dubai World Cup was cancelled, but they hope to be back in 2021. The 25th running of the Dubai World Cup is set to be staged on Saturday 27th March 2021.

Staged at Meydan racecourse in Dubai and run on their dirt track over a trip of 1m2f, the Dubai World Cup is dubbed as the world’s richest horse race, with the 2019 running of the Dubai World Cup having a purse of $12 US dollars.

While the racecourse atmosphere may be lacking, the decision not to go ahead in 2020 means racing fans have to wait until 2021 for the opportunity to see some of the best dirt horses in the world locking horns over 10 furlongs (2000m) in pursuit of a share of $12,000,000 prize money – in 2019 the winner, Thunder Snow, won just over £5.6 million.

Dubai World Cup Runners / Favourites

With the 2020 Dubai World Cup cancelled the runners for the 2021 renewal will become known to bookmakers and punters in the build up to the race – the 2018 and 2019 winner – Thunder Snow has now been retired to stud so won’t be back to defend his crown – meaning in 2021 we’ll get a new winner of the Dubai World Cup.

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Form: : Owned by race sponsor Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, this globe-trotting six-year-old has won twice at Meydan this winter and was a good third in the Saudi Cup in Riyadh at the end of last month.
Form: : Owned by race sponsor Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, this globe-trotting six-year-old has won twice at Meydan this winter and was a good third in the Saudi Cup in Riyadh at the end of last month.
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Form:: Trained in the US by the great Bob Baffert, this four-year-old colt landed the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream in January then was a rock solid fourth in the Saudi Cup last time. He has yet to win beyond nine furlongs though.
Form:: Trained in the US by the great Bob Baffert, this four-year-old colt landed the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream in January then was a rock solid fourth in the Saudi Cup last time. He has yet to win beyond nine furlongs though.
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Form:: This grey son of Tapit is trained by William Mott in the US. Third in last year's Kentucky Derby then second in the Belmont Stakes, he stayed on to be fifth in the Saudi Cup and may be better suited by the extra furlong here.
Form:: This grey son of Tapit is trained by William Mott in the US. Third in last year's Kentucky Derby then second in the Belmont Stakes, he stayed on to be fifth in the Saudi Cup and may be better suited by the extra furlong here.
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Form: A tough middle-distance handicapper and placed at Group 2 level in the UK for Mark Johnston, this son of Raven's Pass ran away with the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge over course and distance last time on his second start for Dubai-based trainer Salem bin Ghadayer.
Form: A tough middle-distance handicapper and placed at Group 2 level in the UK for Mark Johnston, this son of Raven's Pass ran away with the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge over course and distance last time on his second start for Dubai-based trainer Salem bin Ghadayer.
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Form:: Japanese raider who suffered his first defeat when seventh in the Saudi Cup last time on his first run for three months. He stayed on late that day so may be better with that outing under his belt.
Form:: Japanese raider who suffered his first defeat when seventh in the Saudi Cup last time on his first run for three months. He stayed on late that day so may be better with that outing under his belt.
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Form:: Beat Tacitus to land the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in US last June over 12 furlongs so stamina should be no issue. Very smart performer on his day. Trained in the US by Canadian Mark Casse.
Form:: Beat Tacitus to land the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in US last June over 12 furlongs so stamina should be no issue. Very smart performer on his day. Trained in the US by Canadian Mark Casse.
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Form: Classy Japanese horse who finished 6th of 14 in the Saudi Cup last time, running as though he blew up over a furlong out. May be better suited here by the extra furlong.
Form: Classy Japanese horse who finished 6th of 14 in the Saudi Cup last time, running as though he blew up over a furlong out. May be better suited here by the extra furlong.
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Form:: Trained in the US by Saffie Joseph Jnr. Won last season's Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby before finishing a respectable fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic. Will be better for recent seasonal return but has a bit to find on known form.
Form:: Trained in the US by Saffie Joseph Jnr. Won last season's Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby before finishing a respectable fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic. Will be better for recent seasonal return but has a bit to find on known form.
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Form:: Third of the Japanese quartet likely to run in this event. Winner of five of his 8 starts in Japan at a high level but taking on international competition for the first time and is hard to assess.
Form:: Third of the Japanese quartet likely to run in this event. Winner of five of his 8 starts in Japan at a high level but taking on international competition for the first time and is hard to assess.
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Form:: Longest priced of the four Japanese raiders. Creditable unplaced efforts in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes last term but hasn't won a race for over 14 months and may find this tough.
Form:: Longest priced of the four Japanese raiders. Creditable unplaced efforts in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes last term but hasn't won a race for over 14 months and may find this tough.
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Form:: Classy and versatile US veteran but beaten over five lengths when third to Mucho Gusto last time and may be found wanting for pace at this trip.
Form:: Classy and versatile US veteran but beaten over five lengths when third to Mucho Gusto last time and may be found wanting for pace at this trip.
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Form:: Ex-American Dubai-based star who failed by just a nose in this race 12 months ago when denied by Thunder Snow. Hasn't shown the same form since and was well beaten in Saudi Cup last month.
Form:: Ex-American Dubai-based star who failed by just a nose in this race 12 months ago when denied by Thunder Snow. Hasn't shown the same form since and was well beaten in Saudi Cup last month.

With an incredible nine wins in the race then any Dubai World Cup runners that trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has in the race should always be given a second glance.

Dubai World Cup 2021 Betting Tips

Since its inception in 1996 when the Dubai World Cup immediately established itself as a major international contest due to the victory of the great US-trained Cigar, the race has been won by a host of star performers. In 1997 Sir Michael Stoute became the only British trainer to win when his tremendous colt Singspiel landed the spoils, while the brilliant Godolphin-owned Dubai Millenium romped to an extraordinary success in 2000 under Frankie Dettori.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, (who with a remarkable total of nine wins stands head and shoulders above his rivals as the winning-most trainer in the history of the race), Dubai Millennium was the first of eight winners of the race for the sponsors, who have also taken the last two renewals with Thunder Snow, the only horse to win the race twice.

Other Dubai World Cup tips to take into account when looking at the final runners of the race are that ALL of the last 10 winners had landed a Group 1 or 2 race before and also raced in the last 8 weeks, while 80% of the last 10 winners had finished first or second in their last race.

Which UK Bookies can you use to bet on Dubai World Cup?

All the major UK firms tend to have the World Cup Night races priced up ante-post, with the likes of the following all offering markets on the Meydan card:

Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is also the showcase event and highlight of the Dubai Winter Carnival that is normally staged every Thursday during January, February and March – culminating with the Dubai World Cup fixture at the end of March.

Dubai World Cup Odds

There were no European contenders for the would be event due to travel restrictions as a result of the emergency situation in Europe, but the renewal remained a fine race. All major betting companies are betting on the race which was be screened live through most betting company websites. The final field was never confirmed but was expected to be as follows (in market order):

Bet on Dubai World CupDubai World Cup EntryTrainerDubai World Cup Odds*/SP
Paddy Power iconBenbatlSaeed bin Suroor9/4
Paddy Power iconMucho GustoSteven Asmussen4/1
Paddy Power iconTacitusWiliam Mott7/1
Paddy Power iconMatterhornS. Bin Ghadayer8/1
Paddy Power iconChrysoberylH. Otonashi11/1
Paddy Power iconSir WinstonMark Casse14/1
Paddy Power iconGold DreamO. Hirata20/1
Paddy Power iconMath WizardS. A. Joseph Jnr25/1
Paddy Power iconChuwa WizardR. Okubo25/1
Paddy Power iconMaster FencerK. Tsunoda33/1
Paddy Power iconWar StoryE. L. Dobles33/1
Paddy Power iconGronkowskiS. Bin Ghadayer33/1

*Odds at time of event cancellation.

Dubai World Cup Previous Winners

The international reputation of the Dubai World Cup was enhanced when the Argentinian-bred monster of a horse Invasor stormed to victory in 2007. US superstar Curlin triumphed in 2008 under Robby Albarado for Steve Asmussen, and the next decade began with Brazil’s Gloria de Campeao, prepared in France by Pascal Bary, landing another famous success for South America.

When Japan’s star horse Victoire Pisa added his name to the winning roster in 2011, the Dubai World Cup could safely claim to truly live up to its name.

The first ever running of the Dubai World Cup when to Cigar (1996) – he was ridden by US jockey Jerry Bailey, who later went onto win the race three more times with other horses. Jerry Bailey is still the most successful jockey in the race with four wins (Frankie Dettori has 3 wins), while trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has a staggering nine successes to his name, and owners Godolphin have 8 wins.

In 2019, the Godolphin-owned Thunder Snow became the first horse in Dubai World Cup history to win the race twice, having also won the race in 2018.

Previous Winners Statistics

  • 2019 – Thunder Snow (UAE) (5): Christophe Soumillon / Saeed Bin Suroor – 4/1
  • 2018 – Thunder Snow (UAE) (4): Christophe Soumillon / Saeed Bin Suroor – 8/1
  • 2017 – Arrogate (USA) (4) : Mike E Smith / Bob Baffert – 1/3 (fav)
  • 2016 – California Chrome (USA) (5) : Victor Espinoza / Art Sherman – 15/8 (jfav)
  • 2015 – Prince Bishop (UAE) (8) : William Buick / Saeed Bin Suroor – 14/1
  • 2014 – African Story (UAE) (7) : Silvestre de Sousa / Saeed Bin Suroor – 12/1
  • 2013 – Animal Kingdom (USA) (5) : Joel Rosario/ Graham Motion – 11/2
  • 2012 – Monterosso (UAE) (5): Mickael Barzalona/M Al Zarooni – 20/1
  • 2011 – Victoire Pisa (JPN (4): Mirco Demuro/Katsuhiko Sumii – 12/1
  • 2010 – Gloria de Campeao (FRA) (6): T. J. Pereira/Pascal Bary – 16/1
  • 2009 – Well Armed (USA) (6): Aaron Gryder/Eoin G. Harty – 10/1
  • 2008 – Curlin (USA) (4): Robby Albarado/Steve Asmussen – 4/11 (fav)
  • 2007 – Invasor (USA) (5): Fernando Jara/K McLaughlin – 5/4 (fav)
  • 2006 – Electrocutionist (UAE) (5): Frankie Dettori/Saeed bin Suroor – 5/4 (fav)
  • 2005 – Roses in May (USA) (5): John Velazquez/Dale Romans – 11/8 (fav)
  • 2004 – Pleasantly Perfect (USA) (6): Alex Solis/Richard Mandella – 5/2
  • 2003 – Moon Ballad (UAE) (4): Frankie Dettori/Saeed bin Suroor – 11/4
  • 2002 – Street Cry (UAE) (4): Jerry Bailey/Saeed bin Suroor – 9/2
  • 2001 – Captain Steve (USA) (4): Jerry Bailey/Bob Baffert – 7/4 (jfav)
  • 2000 – Dubai Millennium (UAE) (4): Frankie Dettori/Saeed bin Suroor –
  • 1999 – Almutawakel (UAE) (4): Richard Hills/Saeed bin Suroor –
  • 1998 – Silver Charm (USA) (4): Gary Stevens/Bob Baffert –
  • 1997 – Singspiel (GB) (5): Jerry Bailey/Michael Stoute –
  • 1996 – Cigar (USA) (6): Jerry Bailey/Bill Mott –

Trained Dubai Cup Winners

Where are you most and least likely to find a Dubai Cup winner trained? We’ve compiled statistics from the last 24 years to help you sieve through the 2021 field.

  • 11/24 – Trained in USA
  • 10/24 – Trained in UAE
  • 1/24 – Trained in GB
  • 1/24 – Trained in Japan
  • 1/24 – Trained in France

Dubair World Cup Trends – Last 10 years

We’ve compiled some stand out trends since run at Meydan (2010), to help you place an informed bet for the 2021 Dubai World Cup:

  • 10/10 – Previous Group 1 or 2 winners
  • 10/10 – Had raced in the last 8 weeks
  • 9/10 – Had won over 1m2f before
  • 8/10 – Had raced in the last 4 weeks
  • 8/10 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 8/10 – Previous Group 1 winners
  • 7/10 – Didn’t win their last race
  • 7/10 – Officially rated between 119-123
  • 7/10 – Aged 5 or older
  • 7/10 – Had won at the track before
  • 6/10 – Unplaced favourites
  • 5/10 – Returned a double-figure price
  • 4/10 – Came from stalls 5-8 (inclusive)
  • 2/10 – Winning favourite
  • The average SP in the last 9 runnings is 11/1

Dubai World Cup Purse

With more than £25m in prize money across the eight-race card, which also includes Group 1 races in the Al Quoz Sprint, the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the Dubai Turf and the Dubai Sheema Classic before the big event itself, the Dubai World Cup.

Entrants come from the United States, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Europe to bid for glory on this lucrative card.

Dubai World Cup Prize Money Split

In 2019, the Dubai World Cup Prize Pool was spit according to the following amounts:

  1. £5,669,291.34
  2. £1,889,763.78
  3. £944,881.89
  4. £472,440.94
  5. £283,464.57
  6. £188,976.38

How to watch the Dubai World Cup 2021?

Fans can watch the Dubai World Cup race card live from most race tracks and around the United Kingdom. Some bookies offer a live stream of the race card that bettors can watch from the comfort of home. Sky Sport’s Racing and Racing TV access to live Dubai World Cup odds can help players hone their wagering. Racing TV will probably offer live coverage of all the Dubai World Cup contenders in the days leading to the big race.

Dubai operates in the GMT time zone. That means Dubai is 5 hours ahead of the EST time zone on the eastern coast of the US. The Dubai World Cup race program begins bright and early at 7:45am EST with the Dubai Kahayla Classic. The race card runs until 12:40pm EST which is the Dubai World Cup post time.

Races from the Dubai World Cup card can be streamed online at Racing TV among other online wagering sites:

Dubai World Cup 2021 Live Streaming

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