SHEIKH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, is keen on re-establishing the Dubai World Cup as the richest race in the world.

He has stated his intention to raise the purse of the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), to re-establish the 2,000m test as the highest purse in Thoroughbred racing.

“Definitely. We’ll do that,” Sheikh Mohammed told CNN Sport when asked about raising the purse of the Dubai World Cup. “The future, I think, is open. We have a vision and we dream for that, and we will put plans to improve.

“I always want to be one step ahead. I am always optimistic. We want to be No. 1 and we worked hard with my people to be No. 1.”

Inaugurated in 1996, the Dubai World Cup has boasted a $10 million purse since 2010 and has carried the banner as the world’s richest race until this year’s initial running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on 28 January. The format of the Pegasus, however, required its entrants to pay $1 million for one of the 12 slots in the test.

With total purse money of $30 million, the Dubai World Cup card remains the single richest day in racing.

“We are very, very pleased and honoured to have all these people and our guests and to have all these good horses come together,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “This is the place they meet from the East and the North and the West. So we are happy with the number coming, the horses and the guests.”


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