California Chrome, Postponed and Sole Power among the 181 Dubai World Cup Carnival entries
Meydan has attracted a stellar cast for the Dubai World Cup Carnival but numbers of horses entered for the 10-week extravaganza are significantly down on last season.
The Dubai Racing Club announced 181 entries on Wednesday and among that number are 22 winners at the highest level, backed up by 17 winners boasting Group or Grade 2 success.
Equine luminaries include California Chrome, last season’s Dubai World Cup runner-up, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Postponed and Royal Ascot-winning sprinters Goldream and Sole Power.
The World Cup Carnival, which starts on January 7, has cast its net wide, too, with horses from 16 countries set to travel in comparison to 13 last season. The first challengers from South Korea in Cheongu and Success Story highlight the event’s continued global appeal.
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“The quality of 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 run-up to the 2016 Dubai World Cup,” Malih Al Basti, chairman of the Meydan racing committee, said.
Last year there were as many as 240 horses entered to run at Meydan with 31 Group or Grade 1 winners.
California Chrome is one of only three US horses entered, whereas last season’s return to dirt at Meydan yielded 11 entries, although many of those did not travel.
The entry from Ireland has halved since last year, and while Britain continues to be the biggest supporter of the Carnival only a maximum of 87 horses could travel in comparison to 106 12 months ago.
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Updated: December 9, 2015 04:00 AM