In the earliest release in recent memory, the Dubai Racing Club provided the race conditions schedule for the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival. The season is topped by the US$29.25 million Dubai World Cup meeting, to be conducted on Saturday, March 28. The purses of the Dubai Duty Free and Dubai Sheema Classic were both increased to US$6 million, as announced in March at the World Cup draw.
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“We are pleased to release the programme for 2015,” said Dubai Racing Club International Manager Martin Talty in a Sunday press release. “Year on year we are seeing large numbers of high-class international horses compete at Meydan Racecourse and we are confident that 2015 will be no different.”
“With the milestone running of the 20th Dubai World Cup we are entering a big season for Dubai Racing Club. The prize purses for the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Dubai Duty Free were both increased to $6m each last season to mark the occasion and we are confident that we will be successful in attracting if not equal numbers then even greater numbers of international competitors for the coming season.”
32 turf races are slated for the Carnival, not including the big races on Dubai World Cup night. That is an increase of four races over the 28 scheduled last season. With the switch to a dirt track, it was expected that the Meydan turf course would get more use, and this seems to be the case outlined through this schedule.
Races over 2,200 metres on the new dirt track have been eliminated after two were run last season over the distance on Tapeta. They appear to have been replaced by two grass races over 2,000 metres. One turf sprint handicap over the straight 1,200 metres was added along with a 1,600 metre turf handicap. Gone from the schedule are two handicaps that had been run on the all-weather, one previously run over 1,400 metres and another at 1,600 metres.