There are many prestigious annual events in horse racing with prizes worth millions. The Kentucky Derby, Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe, and the Grand National are as prestigious as it gets, but nothing comes close to the Dubai World Cup.
The Dubai World Cup is an annual race for thoroughbreds which was first run in 1996. Held at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world, the Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup has a prize purse of $12 million. It is run over a distance of 2 km. and classified as a Group 1 flat horse race. The Dubai World Cup was the world’s richest race until it was surpassed by the Pegasus World Cup ($16 million prize purse in 2018).
The World Cup consists of 9 races in total. The Dubai World Cup is the final race on schedule. Created in 1996 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, it is one of the leading thoroughbred (ages 3 and up) races in the world. Since it was created, no horse has won the race more than once. The heavy competition, impressive Meydan racecourse, and the stellar shows bring in thousands of fans every year. It’s not just horse racing fans eagerly waiting for the Dubai World Cup every year – punters love it too.
Horse racing betting on the Dubai World Cup is on the rise every year. The biggest bookies in business regularly offer odds for the prestigious race. With a prize purse of $12 million, you can bet that the odds for the winner and top performers are quite high. The Meydan horse racing odds are already out for this year’s race scheduled for March, and they look pretty attractive to us.
Can Thunder Snow Enter the History Books?
The Dubai World Cup has never been won more than once. Each year has produced a new winner, so many trainers have made a Dubai World Cup repeat their priority. This year, however, the spell could be broken. Last year’s winner Thunder Snow is the odds-on favourite to win the Dubai World Cup this year, forever etching his name into the history books.
Besides winning the 2018 edition, Thunder Snow also set a speed record at the Meydan racecourse. Owned by Godolphin Racing, the Maktoum family’s private stable, Thunder Snow has a great shot at repeating last year’s success. Godolphin Racing sure knows how to pick a winning horse – the team is the absolute leader in the Dubai World Cup, with their horses winning on 7 occasions.
Odds-wise, Thunder Snow is the heavy favourite to win the 2019 Dubai World Cup. Available for 3/1 at MansionBet, SportNation, BetVision, and Fun88, a Thunder Snow win can quadruple your investment, which a great return for such a favourite. Bet reasonably on Godolphin’s horse now and you might be looking at a nice payout at the end of March.
North America – Thunder’s Snow’s Fiercest Opponent
Although a heavy favourite for the 2019 Meydan race, Thunder Snow will have its work cut out for it thanks to challengers such as North America. The 7-year old bay gelding booked its placed in the Dubai World Cup after an impressive win at the Group 2 Al Matoum challenge just last week. The horse also won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 last month, so it’s no wonder why bookies are making it a second favourite for the 2019 Dubai World Cup.
Sitting right behind Thunder Snow, North America is being given odds of 11/2 to win the race (SportNation, MansionBet, Fun88, BetVision). Those odds are highly enticing for those who follow horse racing tips. Many horse betting experts think that the trend of a new winner each year will continue in 2019, favouring North America over Thunder Snow.
If that happens and you’ve placed a bet on the second favourite, you could be looking at a great payout. At 11/2, North America’s odds sure look great, so we’d pick our options carefully.
Can McKinzie Strike Gold?
Sired by 2007 Kentucky Derby champion Street Sense, McKinzie is a 4-year old trained by the legendary Bob Baffert. With such a trainer and some impressive wins over the past few years, many experts think that the American thoroughbred can outrun the first two favourites at this year’s Dubai World Cup. With his victory in Malibu last year, the horse surpassed million dollars in earnings after only six starts.
Experts think that McKinzie’s age could be a deciding factor in the race. The American horse is younger than both Thunder Snow and North America and this could very well indeed play a part in his quest for glory. At the moment, McKinzie’s odds are 9/1 (Fun88, BetVision, MansionBet, SportNation) which promises quite a hefty return even for smaller bets.
Although Thunder Snow and North America are the biggest favourites, McKinzie’s chances shouldn’t be underestimated. Especially with a trainer like Bob Baffert, whose horses have won major events before.
Seeking The Soul and Yoshida’s Chances
Bookies can’t really decide on a fourth favourite for the 2019 Dubai World Cup. Yoshida and Seeking The Soul stand equal on the fourth spot, with their odds seemingly in dark horse territory.
Scoring the second spot at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational last month, Irish racehorse Seeking The Soul has been earning great reviews. Experts have placed him among the top 5 favourites for the 2019 Dubai World Cup, placing the horse behind Thunder Snow, North America, and McKinzie.
Sharing his spot is Yoshida, a Japanese 5-year old who’s definitely up to surprise the favourites. Equal in odds with Seeking The Soul, the horse has been praised for its speed, with experts fully expecting it to mix into the fight for one of the top spots.
Both horses are available for 10/1 at BetVision, SportNation, MansionBet, and Fun88. The odds clearly suggest that they’re not major favourites to win the race. However, with a bit of luck, any of the horses can finish on the top spot and could bring you a small fortune. Place a small bet on either of them and you’ll have many reasons to celebrate if they win the Dubai World Cup.