Thursday, 28 May, 2020

CALIFORNIA CHROME, ARROGATE, THUNDER SNOW: TOP 5 DUBAI WORLD CUP WINS








Horse racing began in Dubai in 1981, when a dusty camel track hosted the first thoroughbred race meeting organised by Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and founder of the Godolphin training and Darley breeding operation.
 
Approximately 10 years later, the Dubai Racing Club was established with the official opening at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in 1992, where the highlight was the appearance of champion jockeys Lester Piggott and Willie Carson. 

The first Dubai World Cup was held in 1996 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, with American wonder horse Cigar claiming the inaugural running. In 2010, the iconic Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse were introduced, now home to the annual Super Saturday and Dubai World Cup Carnival meetings.
 
The Dubai World Cup honor roll boasts a range of big names, including these Top 5 performances….

2015 Prince Bishop (Saeed bin Suroor / William Buick)

2016 California Chrome (Art Sherman / Victor Espinoza) 
Notable G1 victories: Awesome Again Stakes 2016
Pacific Classic Stakes 2016
Hollywood Derby 2014
Preakness Stakes 2014Kentucky Derby 2014
Santa Anita Derby 2014

2017 Arrogate (Bob Baffert / Mike Smith) 
Notable G1 victories:
Pegasus World Cup 2017
Breeders’ Cup Classic 2016
Travers Stakes 2016

2018/19 Thunder Snow (Saeed bin Suroor / Christophe Soumillon) 
Notable G1 victories: 
Prix Jean Prat 2017
Criterium International 2016

Dubai World Cup winners 1996 – 2019
1996 Cigar 
1997 Singspiel 
1998 Silver Charm 
1999 Almutawakel 
2000 Dubai Millennium 
2001 Captain Steve 
2002 Street Cry 
2003 Moon Ballad 
2004 Pleasantly Perfect 
2005 Roses in May 
2006 Electrocutionist
2007 Invasor 
2008 Curlin 
2009 Well Armed 
2010 Glória de Campeão 
2011 Victoire Pisa 
2012 Monterosso 
2013 Animal Kingdom 
2014 African Story
2015 Prince Bishop 
2016 California Chrome 
2017 Arrogate
2018 Thunder Snow
2019 Thunder Snow

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13 comments on “CALIFORNIA CHROME, ARROGATE, THUNDER SNOW: TOP 5 DUBAI WORLD CUP WINS

Which of these five performances is your favourite? Or did we miss one..? 🤔 Comment below. 👇

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Arrogate's trip was impressive, but Cigar v Soul of the Matter for half the length of the stretch with Cigar's win streak on the line was the most exciting run.

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I remember Silver Charm!

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Thunder snow great horse 🐎 And great jockey Christophe soumillon!!!

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My Top 5 Dubai World Cup Winners:
1) 1996 Cigar
2) 2000 Dubai Millenium
3) 2004 Pleasantly Perfect
4) 2013 Animal Kingdom
5) 2016-2019
California Chrome, Arrogate &
Thunder Snow.

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Arrogate's was the most impressive performance, still amazes me how he went from last to first and still made it look comfortable against high class opposition like Gun Runner

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The title is misleading: These were the last five Dubai World Cup races. I am sure most everyone could come up with a few pre-2015 races that would make this list.

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Personal favorite is Roses in May, but how in the world is Well Armed not in the top five?

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Arrogate with mike smith d legend

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California Chrome,Arrogate, Thunder Snow(2019)

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Arrogate, Dubai Millennium, California Chrome, Cigar.

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1:Dubai Millenium
2: Invasor

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