When the annual Dubai Carnival comes around again in March, you will want to know the Dubai World Cup odds. This $12 million horse race around 1 1/4 miles at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is one of the most prominent fixtures in the racing world. It is part of the greater Dubai World Cup carnival with $35 million of purses and six Grade 1 races. If you want information on the Dubai World Cup live odds, this is the right place.
The odds to win the Dubai Wolrd Cup are now available. The odds are subject to change and will likely adjust as the day of the race approach, as such we’ll be sure to keep this page updated. The odds were last updated on September 21, 2020:
2020 Dubai World Cup odds
Dubai World Cup Betting
The Dubai World Cup is a bit different in that it is run in the United Arab Emirates, which has strict anti-gambling laws. No one in the country can bet on the race, but the rest of the world is able to place their wagers on what is undoubtedly one of the most important fixtures on the annual racing calendar. The fans who attend the Dubai World Cup in person do that because they want to be there for the majesty and prestige of the races, but the fans watching at home on the computer or television can certainly partake in the action with some of their own wagers!
Dubai World Cup Odds
The odds for the Dubai World Cup will change and fluctuate leading up to the big race in March 2021. Unlike regular sports betting, horse racing bets are entered into pari-mutuel pools. That means that all the money bet on wagers such as win, place, and show get placed into a single pool, which is ultimately divided between the winning tickets. Favorites will obviously have a lower payout than longshots.
Both longshots and favorites have historically done very well in the Dubai World Cup. Then, the pool is divided among the winning tickets. In addition to bets on horses to win or place, you can bet on multiple finishers completing the race in the right order, such as a Dubai World Cup exacta or trifecta.
Betting the Dubai World Cup Online
Most horse racing bettors will not travel to Dubai to see the Dubai World Cup in person, and betting is not legal there anyway. That makes finding the perfect online racebook even more important! Review the best sportsbooks, such as InterTops, as well as their sign up offers and bonuses, and keep an eye out for Dubai World Cup current odds. These sites can also have free Dubai World Cup expert picks.
Online betting of the Dubai World Cup carnival is the perfect way to enjoy one of racing’s biggest days from the around the world, without ever leaving the comfort of your home!
Dubai World Cup History
The first Dubai World Cup was not held until 1996 and took place at the old Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which was not opened until 1992.
The creation of the Dubai World Cup over 1 1/4 miles on the sandy main track saw an original purse of $4 million. American superstar Cigar flew in for the race and won, cementing the race’s legacy immediately.
The Dubai World Cup became so successful that officials built the new Meydan Racecourse, which is a spectacular and sprawling venue with a hotel, museum, and grandstand overlooking multiple well-groomed courses. Meydan was put into use in 2010.
The Fastest Time Ever in a Dubai World Cup Race
The fastest time ever in a Dubai World Cup race came in 2000 when the late, great Dubai Millennium ran a time of 1:59.50 on the dirt track of Nad Al Sheba. After the race was moved to Meydan Racecourse in 2010, the fastest clocking has been Thunder Snow’s 2018 time of 2:01.38. The largest winning margin came from American-based Well Armed in 2009, winning the World Cup by 14 lengths.
The winningest trainer in the history of the Dubai World Cup is Saeed bin Suroor with a record nine victories. Top American trainer Bob Baffert is the only other trainer in history to produce more than one Dubai World Cup champion, with Silver Charm (1998), Captain Steve (2001), and Arrogate (2017) all winning for him.
The best Dubai World Cup jockeys include Italian rider Frankie Dettori, who has won three Dubai World Cups. Retired American jockey Jerry Bailey rode the Dubai World Cup winner four times, in 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2002.
The Dubai World Cup was the brainchild of Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who proposed a $4 million horse race that would draw the best runners in the world. Globe-trotting star Singspiel won the second edition, then Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm took the third, edging English-based Swain in an epic battle.
The inspiring performance from Dubai Millennium came in 2000. The Godolphin homebred was originally named Yaazer but was renamed to Dubai Millennium in hopes he would run in the 2000 Dubai World Cup, which he did and won by six lengths.
Two years later, Godolphin won again with Street Cry, who went on to be the sire of Zenyatta.
American Shippers in the Dubai World Cup
American shippers have done very well in the Dubai World Cup, with the following winners: Cigar, Silver Charm, Captain Steve, Pleasantly Perfect, Roses in May, Invasor, Curlin, Well Armed, Animal Kingdom, California Chrome, and Arrogate. Kentucky Derby winners, in general, do well, as Silver Charm, Animal Kingdom, and California Chrome all did that prestigious double. Cigar, Curlin, Pleasantly Perfect, Invasor, and Arrogate all won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in addition to the World Cup.
When California Chrome’s saddle slipped in 2016, and jockey Victor Espinoza had to balance carefully on the entire ride and hope that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner wouldn’t throw him. California Chrome stayed focussed and won a popular victory. In 2017, the Pegasus World Cup hero Arrogate stumbled badly at the start, giving the field advantage, but still won and captured his fourth multi-million dollar race in eight months.
The only two-time winner of the Dubai World Cup is Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, who won the race when the purse was $10 million and $12 million, putting his earnings at over $16.5 million. No filly or mare has ever won the Dubai World Cup.
The 2020 Dubai World Cup was canceled just days before the race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Dubai World Cup is slated for March 27.
Dubai World Cup Fields and Payouts
The biggest field for the Dubai World Cup is 16 horses, but the race has only had that many starters once, in 2014. In 2007, just seven horses went to the post as the smallest field on the record.
The biggest Dubai World Cup payout has been $42, for the 20-1 winners Victoire Pisa in 2011 and Monterosso in 2012. The favorite wins often, including the likes of California Chrome and Arrogate, but sometimes even well-backed runners pay a lot. Thunder Snow, who won in both 2018 and 2019, paid $22.40 and $10.20, respectively. The Dubai World Cup superfecta payout in both 2018 and 2019 was over $2,100 based on a 10 cent bet.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival is not just relegated to the World Cup itself. The day also brings together the best horses in the world for millions of dollars in purses. The rich undercard races include six Group 1 events and three Group 2 races.
In addition to the World Cup, there is the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic, the $6 million Dubai Turf, the $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, the $2 million Al Quoz Sprint, the $1.5 million Godolphin Mile, the $2.5 million UAE Derby, and the $1.5 million Dubai Gold Cup. There is also the $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1) for Arabian horses. These races have produced some of the best finishes in racing.
The Dubai Sheema Classic has been won by Germany’s Cirrus des Aigles, Japan’s super mare Gentildonna, Ireland’s St Nicholas Abbey, and England’s Fantastic Light. The Dubai Turf, formerly known as the Dubai Duty-Free, was won by Just a Way in record time (2014), as well as South African star Ipi Tombe, and in 2019 the mighty Japanese mare Almond Eye scored a popular win. The Dubai World Cup Carnival is a truly international event!
Best Bets for Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup bets available are:
- Win: Bet on a horse to finish in first place
- Place: Bet on a horse to finish first or second
- Show: Bet on a horse to run first, second, or third.
- Exacta: Bet on two horses to finish first and second, in order.
- Trifecta: Bet on three horses to finish first, second, and third, in order.
- Superfecta: Bet on four horses to finish first, second, third, and fourth, in order.
There are also boxes available for multi-horse wagers, meaning you can pay a little more and the horses you select can finish in any order.
Keep an eye out for more news and information on the 2021 Dubai World Cup, which is sure to be one of the great events of the racing season!
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