Sheikh Mohammed attends Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on Saturday. WAM
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the UAE’s emergence as a leading destination for international meetings across various fields and a hub for equestrian sports and activities.
Sheikh Mohammed noted the UAE’s considerable progress and development over the past 50 years in various spheres, including equestrian sports, which form an integral part of the heritage of the UAE and the Arabian peninsula.
"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.
"This edition of the Dubai World Cup is a time to celebrate the UAE’s distinguished position globally as a leading venue for hosting renowned equestrian championships," Sheikh Mohammed added.
Sheikh Mohammed arrives at the Meydan Racecourse to attend Dubai World Cup.
Sheikh Mohammed followed the races of the 26th Dubai World Cup meeting, which brought together the best racehorses, trainers and jockeys from across the world and more than 60,000 spectators. The horse racing tournament offered a total prize money of $30.5 million, retaining the Dubai World Cup card’s status as among the richest single nights in horse racing.
During the event, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, crowned Country Grammer of Zedan Racing Stables Inc, as the winner of the highly prestigious $12 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Country Grammer was ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by Bob Baffert, who won the Dubai World Cup more than any other American trainer. The race saw some of the top dirt performers go hoof to hoof against each other in the 2000m dirt contest.
The Dubai World Cup was attended by Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group; Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council; and Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
Also attending the grand event were Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor at the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia; Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the King’s Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs in Bahrain; Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of Bahrain's Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the General Sports Authority in Bahrain; and Sheikh Rashid Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club.WAM
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.
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.
The tournament will be held over the weekend of Feb.18-19, 2023 at Zayed City Sports Stadium, an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi and the largest multi-purpose sports venue in the UAE.
The 73-year-old was on his way back home from Cape Town to Despatch in Eastern Cape, after a golf weekend when the tragic incident took place. Three others were also killed in the crash.
The Emirati driver is determined to shrug off last month’s setback in Poland where a race error from one of the backmarkers put him out this season’s opening round.