Three weeks out from the world’s richest race day, the $35 million Dubai World Cup, Super Saturday proved a night of super performances for horses hoping to earn their way onto the big stage in 21 days.
The Dubai World Cup, which is the richest night in horse racing highlighted by the $12 million main event, is the latest sports event in the country to be affected by the COVID-19 virus.
Dettori had previously secured the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium, Moon Ballad and Electrocutionist, but this was the first time he had done so in colours other than those of Godolphin.
"The Dubai World Cup has become one of the world’s biggest and most anticipated equestrian events. Over the years, the meeting has attracted the most elite professionals in this sport and has left an influential imprint in the world of horse racing," Sheikh Mohammed said.
Welcome to Gulf Today’s live blog for the 2022 Dubai World Cup. Join us for live updates from throughout the afternoon and evening from Meydan Racecourse with nine exciting races – reaching a climax with the world-famous $12 million Dubai World Cup at the iconic Meydan Racecourse.
One of those was compatriot Shahryar, who himself was prominent but boxed on at the far rail to repel the challenges of Pyledriver and the fast closing Yibir — who closed all the way to the line down the stand-side rail.
Prepared by this season’s UAE champion trainer-to-be Bhupat Seemar, Switzerland recorded one of the most popular victories of the night — at least judging by the Meydan crowd reaction — with a roar erupting when Tadhg O’Shea pulled the local hope out to the centre of the track.
“This was his first time running this well on firm ground and in the past he’s run well on softer ground, so taking him over to Europe is high on his to-do list. We’d like to head to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.”
With nine races, including six Group 1s, on the card and $30.5 million in total prize money, the Dubai World Cup meeting promises to be a spectacular day of racing, culminating in the 26th G1 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup.
Final Song aims for another bold showing over six furlongs when she tackles the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday. Last year’s G1 1,000 Guineas fourth has proved a revelation over sprint trips this year,