Did you know that the Dubai World Cup is the second most valuable race in the world?

Worth a staggering $12,000,000, it is second only to the Saudi Cup in terms of how lucrative the prize purse is.

And with the winner taking home $6.9 million, entries are, unsurprisingly, exclusive and limited.

Held annually at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Dubai World Cup 2024 is scheduled to take place on March 30th (15:30 UK time).

So just which of the world’s best thoroughbreds are in the running, and which has the best chance of crossing the finish line first?

To determine that, we have to look at the contenders. The good news is that there are plenty of ante-post markets, so if you fancy a particular runner, it is recommended to check out Oddschecker for the best comparison of odds on all of the potential runners.

At one glance, you can compare what’s on offer across all of the major bookmakers, as well as all the offers currently available. Then you can make your selection based on who is giving the best value for the horse you fancy.

So who is in the mix in 2024?

Horses & Odds

(provided by Betfred on 31st January 2024)

Horse Odds
Derma Sotogake 3/1
White Abarrio 9/2
National Treasure 5/1
Ushba Tesoro 11/2
Kabirkhan 13/2
Saudi Crown 8/1
Lemon Pop 17/2
Al Nefud 10/1
Senor Buscador 12/1
Dura Erede 20/1
Newgate 20/1
Bright Future 25/1
Luxembourg 25/1
Crown Pride 25/1

As we can see from the table above, there are currently 14 potential runners in the mix.

However, the Dubai World Cup can accommodate up to 16 spots, and of course, not all of the 14 cited above are guaranteed an entry.

They are simply representative of the ante-post market and who is most likely to get a run.

When Will The Entries Be Declared?

Getting to the Dubai World Cup 2024 is a mammoth task for any trainer or owner.

Entries are determined by invitation only, and a number of criteria must be met before a racehorse can even be considered.

Considerations include the horses’ performances in previous races as well as their overall reputation in the racing community.

Organisers look at previous high-profile wins, consistent form, and the horse’s suitability for running the distance and on a dirt track.

Owners and trainers can nominate their horses by submitting an application and paying a fee, but that does not guarantee a spot in the race. It simply puts the horse in contention for selection.

After all of that, invitations go out and the final field for the race is announced a few weeks before the race.

Timetable for the Dubai World Cup 2024

  • Closing Date for free nomination – Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • First supplement (0.1% of total prize money) – Monday, February 12th, 2024
  • Second supplement (1.0% of total prize money) – Monday, March 11th, 2024
  • Third supplement (10% of total prize money) – Sunday, March 24th, 2024
  • Declarations for Dubai World Cup 2024 – Monday, March 25, 2024

So, for 2024, the Dubai World Cup entries will be declared on March 25th, with the race taking place five days later on March 30th.

Predictions For The Dubai World Cup 2024

There are quite a few things to consider when making predictions for any race.

The most important is who is actually running. To date, we have a few contenders in the ante-post market. However, there are still plenty of stages to go before we whittle it down to the declared runners.

To give some perspective, 868 individual horses from 19 countries have been nominated to run at the 2024 Dubai World Cup meeting.

That is 868 across just NINE races on the card. And 147 of them have been nominated for the Dubai World Cup.

UK entries include Algernon from Musabbeh Almheiri, Coltrane from Andrew Balding, Spirit Dancer from Richard Fahey, and Swing Vote from Simon & Ed Crisford.

Irish entries include Elegant Man from Adrian Murray as well as Luxembourg from Aidan O’Brien.

White Abarrio and Derma Sotogake are currently the ante-post favourites primarily because they were the 1-2 finishers in the Breeders Cup Classic in Santa Anita in November.

Undoubtedly the winner of the upcoming Saudi Cup (Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February 2024) will also get a shot at the Dubai.

That kind of form is hard to beat, so watch this space for another real contender next month.

So until the final declarations are made, it will be hard to really identify any potential winner.

We do know that four and five-year-olds have faired better in the race in recent years.

Speed is also of the essence, and most winners get over the line in around two minutes and two seconds. Any slower than that and it’s game over.

So come back closer to the race date, where we will have poured over the stats and trends and come up with a few contenders to win the Dubai World Cup 2024.

How Much Does The Winner Get?

In total, there is $12,000,000 up for grabs for the Dubai World Cup.

The prize purse is divided by the first eight home and is broken down as follows:

  • 1st: $6,960,000
  • 2nd: $2,400,000
  • 3rd: $1,200,000
  • 4th: $600,000
  • 5th: $360,000
  • 6th: $240,000
  • 7th: $120,000
  • 8th: $120,000

How Much Does It Cost To Enter A Runner

To be fair, there genuinely aren’t a lot of costs associated with getting a runner to the race.

Entry is free, but connections must pay US$126,000 to declare their horse.

After that, a lot of the costs are covered by the organisers. For example, the Dubai Racing Club provides air tickets to Dubai for the connections of overseas horses that have been selected to participate in the race.

The owner and trainer get two airline tickets each, along with one for the jockey. Plus, they also arrange and provide accommodation in the official hotel for five nights.

And, of course, they pay for horses to be transported from wherever they are in the world to Dubai.

2023 Dubai World Cup Winner

The 2023 winner of the Dubai World Cup was Ushba Tesoro from Japan. He has been entered again for 2024 on unsurprisingly short odds.

Since his win at Meyden last year, he has gone on to win the Nippon TV Hai at Funabashi and was 5th in the Breeders Cup Classic in November.

The seven-year-old, trained by Noboru Takagi, is hoping to continue his good form into 2024. Time will tell if he can do a repeat performance and win another Dubai World Cup.