Dubai World Cup Tips & Predictions

DateSaturday March 27, 2021
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money$10 million

The Dubai World Cup is the second richest thoroughbred horse race in the world and it continues to be one of the most popular betting races of the year.

Some of the world's best racing talent embarks on the Meydan Racecourse in March/April and they're looking to add their name to the long list of previous champions.

Bettors love seeing the very best horses take each other on and the Dubai World Cup is a race targeted by trainers and owners from around the world.

Dubai World Cup betting selections & tips

We will have expert tips for the Dubai World Cup available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

For bettors wanting to invest in the futures markets, we suggest backing the American thoroughbreds as they have a long history of winning the Dubai World Cup. 

It also pays to follow the internationally-recognised jockeys as the likes of Mike Smith, William Buick and Silvestre de Sousa have been successful in recent years.

2019 Dubai World Cup betting schedule

The Dubai World Cup is one of nine races scheduled for March 30.

With a total purse of US$27.25 million, the six Group 1 races and three Group 3's make up for an exciting night at Meydan.

Dubai World Cup night schedule:

Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic (purebred Arabians)
Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint
Group 2 Godolphin Mile
Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup
Group 2 UAE Derby
Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen 
Group 1 Dubai Turf
Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic
Group 1 Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup history

The inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup was in 1996 when American Hall of Famer Cigar was the winner as a six-year-old.

Since then there have been 10 U.S. winners, including the popular Curlin, Animal Kingdom and 2017 Longines Thoroughbred of the Year winner Arrogate.

The locals have had great success, winning the Dubai World Cup on eight occasions with seven of those winners being trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

Six UAE wins belong to global breeding giants Godolphin Racing (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014) and Hamdan bin Mohammad Al Maktoum is the only other owner to have multiple successes in the race.
Al Maktoum won in 1999 with Almutawakel, 2007 with Invasor and 2015 with Prince Bishop.

In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was held on a Tapeta surface, but it was changed back to dirt after it caused distaste with the American entrants.

Billed as the world's richest race for seven years, it was only surpassed by the Pegasus World Cup in 2017. 

Much like other big events around the world, the Dubai World Cup features a performing artist to bring in the crowds.

Artists such as Seal, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson have performed at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night.

Dubai World Cup betting guide

The Dubai World Cup was dominated by the favourites in both 2016 and 2017, but the race was suited towards the long-shot types prior.

American champion California Chrome broke the lengthy drought for the favourites by winning as the 15/8 ($2.88) elect in 2016.

Favourite bettors doubled up with Arrogate in 2017 when the Bob Baffert-trained colt won by 2.25 lengths as the 33/100 ($1.33) favourite.

Not since 2008 had a favourite won the Dubai World Cup (Curlin 4/11) and from 2009 to 2016, the race was dominated by long-odds chances.

Well Armed started the streak when winning at odds of 10/1 and it was the most impressive Dubai World Cup performance of all time.

The Eoin Harty-trained six-year-old scored by a record margin of 14 lengths and it's hard to see that record being broken in the future.

Another upset was caused in 2010 when Gloria de Campeao won at odds of 16/1. This trend continued for the next few years with winners returning odds of 20/1, 20/1, 11/2, 12/1 and 14/1.

There has been a good mix of favourites and upset chances in the Dubai World Cup, which continues to make it one of the most interesting and most popular race among bettors.

Dubai World Cup lead-up races

Because the Dubai World Cup is such a global event, there are no set lead-up races, but there are some races which should be focused on by bettors.

Due to the success of the American runners, races such as the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes should be considered as good form guides.

The Travers Stakes is another key form guide for the Dubai World Cup and these races have produced the likes of Arrogate and California Chrome in recent history.

For the local runners, the Al Maktoum Challenge has produced winners in the past. 

Prince Bishop won Round 3 of the Al Maktoum Challenge in 2014 before winning the Dubai World Cup a year later.

Electrocutionist also had success in the Challenge before winning in 2006.

It's a great lead-up because it's run over the same distance and it will be worth following the results out of all three rounds this year.

Despite not having great success as a form race, the UAE 2000 Guineas should be considered as a key form guide for bettors.

More and more three-year-old thoroughbreds are making the transition to the open class and given that Godolphin has won the 2000 Guineas on seven occasions, we can see some of those high-quality three-year-old's taking part at Meydan the following month.

Dubai World Cup past winners list

Race Winner
2018Thunder Snow
2016California Chrome
2015Prince Bishop
2014African Story
2013Animal Kingdom
2011Victoire Pisa
2010Gloria de Campeao
2009Well Armed
2005Roses In May
2004Pleasantly Perfect
2003Moon Ballard
2002Street Cry
2001Captain Steve
2000Dubai Millennium
1998Silver Charm