Dubai World Cup Winners Since 2000

Dubai World Cup Winners Since 2000

The Dubai World Cup is my own personal start to the Flat Racing year as it's the first major International Group 1 where the top horses from the US, UK, Ireland and Japan, and rarely Australia make the trip to Meydan in Dubai to race for the biggest prize fund for a race in the world.

The race comes at the end of March which is about the time that the UK's National Hunt racing finishes with the Aintree festival and The Grand National. The jumping continues all year of course and the Irish Jump season is finished by their Punchestown Festival which is held at the end of April.

However for major events I think the Dubai Carnival of races which runs in the preceding 3 months before the big day at the end of March allows horses from around the world to compete for a place in the World Cup event as well as take place in races that provide winners with up to £761,177,0.00 in prize money, (or $10,000,000 if you like round numbers) in the months before the big event. 

However as most of these races are on dirt I count them as AW racing, just like our own Winter AW Derby event. As the Dubai World Cup night has the first big turf group 1 races of the year I see that as the starting place for our flat season.

When Meydan first opened it only held one day of racing, the Dubai World Cup event, but now the Dubai Carnival allows Meydan to hold top class racing not only in the Carnival and World Cup night but in other events throughout the year,

The Dubai World Cup event is held on one day at the end of March and allows the best thoroughbreds from around the world to compete for the biggest prize fund for a single race with $12,000,000 up for the winner and following horses home.

For instance in 2019 Thunder Snow won $7,460,702.74 or £5,669,291.34. 

The prize money doesn't stop there as even the 5th placed horse gets over a quarter of a million pounds in prize money e.g in 2019 the 2nd place horse got £1,889,763.78, 3rd £944,881.89, 4th £472,440.94 and getting 5th £283,464.57.

It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 1m 2f or 2,000 metres. 

It was held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse before 2009. In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was first held at the new Meydan Racecourse on March 27, on all-weather surface known as Tapeta. However, it was held as dirt race again in 2015 due to the high maintenance cost and being an unpopular condition among American participants who love running on dirt rather than polytrack surfaces.

Here are a list of the winners of the event since 2000.

Year Winner Foaled Trained Owned Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2023 Ushba Tesoro JPN JPN JPN 6 Yuga Kawada Noboru Takagi Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings... 2:03.25
2022 Country Grammer US US US/KSA 5 Frankie Dettori Bob Baffert Zedan Racing Stables & ... 2:04.97
2021 Mystic Guide US US UAE 6 Luis Saez Michael Stidham Godolphin 2:01.61
2019 Thunder Snow IRE UAE UAE 5 Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:03.58
2018 Thunder Snow IRE UAE UAE 4 Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:01.38
2017 Arrogate US US KSA 4 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Juddmonte Farms 2:02.53
2016 California Chrome US US US 5 Victor Espinoza Art Sherman California Chrome LLC 2:01.83
>2015 Prince Bishop IRE UAE UAE 8 William Buick Saeed bin Suroor Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 2:03.24
2014 African Story GB UAE UAE 7 Silvestre de Sousa Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:01.61
2013 Animal Kingdom US US AUS/US 5 Joel Rosario Graham Motion Arrowfield Stud & Team Valor 2:03.21
2012 Monterosso GB UAE UAE 5 Mickael Barzalona Mahmood al Zarooni Godolphin Racing 2:02.67
2011 Victoire Pisa JPN JPN JPN 4 Mirco Demuro Katsuhiko Sumii Yoshimi Ichikawa 2:05.94
2010 Glória de Campeão BRA FRA BRA 7 T. J. Pereira Pascal Bary Stud Estrela Energia 2:03.83
2009 Well Armed US US US 6 Aaron Gryder Eoin G. Harty WinStar Farm LLC 2:01.01
2008 Curlin US US US 4 Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables 2:00.15
2007 Invasor ARG US UAE 5 Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:59:97
2006 Electrocutionist US UAE UAE 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:01.32
2005 Roses in May US US US 5 John Velazquez Dale L. Romans Ken & Sarah Ramsey 2:02.17
2004 Pleasantly Perfect US US US 6 Alex Solis Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing Corp. 2:00.24
2003 Moon Ballad IRE UAE UAE 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:00.48
2002 Street Cry IRE UAE UAE 4 Jerry Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:01.18
2001 Captain Steve US US US 4 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 2:00.47
2000 Dubai Millennium GB UAE UAE 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1:59.50

For a full list of Dubai World Cup winners you can read about them on Wikipedia's site.


  1. That’s shocking! I was wondering if Dubai World Cup 2020 will bring back the Thunder Snow. But, it looks like the champion stallion won’t be competing anymore. It is surely a bummer for me & my family as we will be taking part in this grand event.

  2. Excellent listing of Dubai World Cup winners. I am pretty amazed at the back to back wins of Thunder-snow. I wonder which stallion will claim the Dubai world cup 2020 & prove its mettle.

  3. the list of names and times has been changing every year, but there are some winners who have even repeatedly won. The World cup is very famous in Dubai and I have already visited once for it and now I think this year as well it will be possible for me to attend it. I just think I can get my visa on time for it. I have already started the Dubai visa application with an agency who has told me that I will get my visa in 6 days.