Some of the world’s finest runners and riders descend on the luxurious Meydan Racecourse to take part in the richest horse race in the world – the $10million Dubai World Cup.
Channel 4 will broadcast a special programme featuring live coverage of the 18th Dubai World Cup, along with selected races from Meydan in the main Channel 4 Racing programme on Saturday afternoon (March 30), while all eight races on the Meydan card will sbe hown as they happen on Sky Sports 4.
Last year, victory belonged to Mahmood Al Zarooni and the Godolphin stables as Monterosso, ridden under Mickael Barzalona, rossed the post three lengths clear of stable mate Capponi.
History was made in the race as Godolphin and Al Zarooni became the first owner and trainer ever to finish first and second in the glamorous Group One race.
This year’s 13-strong field includes an array of contenders tipped to take home flat racing’s biggest prize, including 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta, along with last year’s winner Monterosso.
The most prominent in the betting in the build-up to the race, and indeed favourite with most bookmakers, is Hunter’s Light, the winner of rounds two and three of the Maktoum Challenge at the Carnival this year.
Another strong contender could be African Story, who took well to the surface at last year’s Carnival, winning three times, including the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night.
Three British-trained contenders – Planteur, Red Cadeaux and Side Glance – line up for the race, with Planteur, priced at 14/1, the biggest fancy of the three after finishing third in last year’s race.
Eight other group races make up the eleventh and last meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, including the Dubai Gold Cup.
Added to the race card last year, it proved one of the most dramatic and tragic events in the meeting’s history when organisers were forced to stop and restage the race following a fatal injury to Godolphin runner Fox Hunt.
Details of how to follow the 2013 Dubai World Cup on Channel 4 & Sky Sports:
Channel 4 will feature all the key action from Meydan, including a special programme featuring live coverage of the world-famous Dubai World Cup.
Coverage begins with the The Morning Line at 7.55am where Nick Luck and the team present all the news, features, betting and tips ahead of a busy day’s racing at home and abroad.
Selected races from the Meydan card will be broadcast on tape during a bumper edition of Channel 4 Racing on Saturday afternoon from 1.45pm which will also feature live races from four UK courses (weather permitting).
These include Haydock Park, where the Channel 4 team of presenter Nick Luck and analysts Graham Cunningham and Jim McGrath will be based, as well as Kempton Park, Doncaster – where the rescheduled William Hill Lincoln takes place – and Musselburgh.
Alice Plunkett will provide reports and interviews from Haydock, while betting news comes from Tanya Stevenson.
Then at 5.50pm, Emma Spencer, who is in Dubai, presents live coverage of the world’s richest race – the Dubai World Cup.
There is a $10m prize to be won in the big race, which goes off at 6.05pm.
In addition, the special programme will include all the news and action from the rest of a magnificent card that sees the world’s best horses head to the UAE from all corners of the globe.
Nick Luck, Jim McGrath and Graham Cunningham will provide expert comment and analysis on the race from the Channel 4 studio at Haydock, along with betting tips from Tanya Stevenson.
If you miss any of the action on a packed day of racing, each Channel 4 Racing programme will be available to watch on 4OD shortly after transmission.
Saturday 30th March The Morning Line 7.55am-8.55am – Channel 4 Channel 4 Racing Haydock, Kempton, Doncaster, Musselburgh, Meydan LIVE: 1.45pm-4.00pm – Channel 4 Channel 4 Racing: The Dubai World Cup LIVE: 5.50pm-6.35pm – Channel 4 13:55 – DON: William Hill Spring Mile 14:05 – HAY: BetVictor.com Tim Molony Handicap Chase 14:20 – KEM: BetVictor NR Free Bet At Aintree Magnolia Stakes 14:40 – HAY: BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle 14:55 – KEM: BetVictor Grand National NR Free Bet Rosebery H’cap 15:05 – DON: William Hill Lincoln 15:15 – HAY: BetVictor.com Levy Board Handicap Chase 15:35 – MUS: totepool Royal Mile 15:50 – HAY: BetVictor.com Handicap Chase 18:05 – MEY: DUBAI WORLD CUP
Sky Sports is the only place to all eight races on the world-famous Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse.
Richard Hoiles presents the world feed coverage of the event. He will be joined by special guests for all the action as it unfolds from Dubai in a five-and-a-half hour broadcast on Sky Sports 4.
Analysis and reports come from J A McGrath, Rishi Persad, Scott Hazelton and Caton Bredar, while race commentary will be provided by Terry Spargo.
Along with grand finale – the Dubai World Cup at 6.05pm – the day’s other feature races also include the Dubai Duty Free, the Dubai Gold Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic.
Saturday 30th March Dubai World Cup 2013 LIVE: 1.00pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 4 13:10 – Godolphin Mile 13:45 – Dubai Gold Cup 14:25 – UAE Derby 15:05 – Al Quoz Sprint 15:45 – Dubai Golden Shaheen 16:40 – Dubai Duty Free 17:20 – Dubai Sheema Classic 18:05 – DUBAI WORLD CUP