Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dubai World Cup meeting canceled due to coronavirus

Dubai World Cup meeting canceled due to coronavirus

The Dubai World Cup, one of the world's richest horse races and a premier annual sporting event in the United Arab Emirates, will not go ahead this year amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

The Dubai World Cup meeting, which was first held in 1996, comprises nine races worth a cumulative purse of $35 million.

Since Dubai officials announced their closed-door plans, COVID-19 cases worldwide continued to multiply.

USA -based trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., who conditions the would-be Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) favorite Imperial Hint, tweeted that he "can't believe that they (waited) until few days before we run" to cancel.

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But a statement from the Dubai government media office read yesterday: "To protect the health of all participants, the top organizing committee for the 2020 Dubai World Cup has chose to postpone the 25th edition of the world tournament to the next year".

The event was created by horse enthusiast Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and owner of the Godolphin stable.

It was announced previously that the World Cup would be run without paid attendees on site - only essential personnel to run the races, sponsors and media. He was favourite for the World Cup having run so well in Saudi Arabia. "We've just got to go on and try to get the world fixed".

Fellowes told the Racing Post getting Prince Of Arran back to England was going to be hard in the wake of travel restrictions around the world.

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