DUBAI Racing Club has released the list of accepted horses that will contest the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse.
There are 181 accepted horses with 22 Group or Grade 1 winners among them, as well as 17 horses who claimed a Group or Grade 2 contest as their best result and 22 for whom a Group or Grade 3 win was their top performance.
The accepted horses come from 16 countries and this year count among their number the first Dubai World Cup Carnival representatives from South Korea in Cheongu and Success Story, trained by Inseok Seo.
The big-money Dubai World Cup Carnival gets underway on Thursday January 7, 2016 and features 10 days of high-class international racing leading up to the Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 26, 2016.
Mubtaahij, a top runner at 2015 Carnival. (Andrew Watkins).
“The Dubai Racing Club is delighted to release the list of horses that are set to contest the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival,” said Meydan Group Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee, Malih Al Basti. “The global racing community continues to see the Carnival as a seasonal target thanks to the attractive purses and high calibre of racing on offer as well as the support that Dubai Racing Club offers to international horse connections.
“The quality of the horses that have been nominated for the Carnival speaks for itself and we look forward to a hugely exciting and entertaining three months ahead as these great athletes compete for some of the highest prizes in the industry in the run-up to the 2016 Dubai World Cup.”
Mike de Kock”s list of runners include new arrivals Ertijaal and Tellina and the likes of Mubtaahij, Mastermind, Whistle Stop and Johann Strauss from last year”s Carnival.
Fascinating Rock, the Dermot Weld-trained British Champion Stakes winner is among the accepted horses, while the 2015 Dubai World Cup runner-up and Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby star, California Chrome is also set to make the trip.
From trainer Chris Waller’s Australian base comes two 2015 Group 1 winners, Darley Classic star, Delectation and the Railway Stakes winner, Good Project. Multiple Group 1 winning sprinter, Sole Power, victorious in the 2015 Al Quoz Sprint, has also been accepted as has the classy Toormore from the yard of Richard Hannon.
To view the full list of Dubai World Cup Carnival acceptances, please click 2016 Dubai World Cup acceptors