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Dubai Duty Free

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Dubai Duty Free 1 Nad Al Sheba Racecourse Dubai World Cup

Dubai Duty Free

The Dubai Duty Free is a 1777m (1 mile 194 yards) flat turf horse race held in late March each year in the United Arab Emirates, and is run at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai. Open to four-year-old thoroughbreds and up, the Dubai Duty Free is part of the Dubai World Cup Night and offers a purse of $5 million.

Inaugurated in 1996, the Dubai Duty Free - named after its sponsor - was run on dirt over a distance of 2000m (1 mile 2 furlongs). In 2000 it was shortened to its current distance and changed over to turf. In 2003 it was awarded its Gr 1 status and in 2006 chosen as the second leg of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge.

Like the Dubai Sheema Classic which is held on the same day, the Dubai Duty Free is one of the richest horse races in the United Arab Emirates and as such attracts many entrants from around the world. For instance, the winner of the 2008 Dubai Duty Free, Jay Peg, was bred and trained in South Africa.

The fastest time in the Dubai Duty Free is 1:47.61 which was set in 2003 by another Southern African horse, Ipi Tombe, who was born and bred in Zimbabwe, trained by leading South African trainer, Mike de Kock, ridden by top-rated South African jockey, Kevin Shea, and owned by Team Valor.

Only one jockey, Gary Stevens, has won the Dubai Duty Free twice - in 1996 aboard Key of Luck and in 1998 aboard Annus Mirabilis. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has chalked up the most wins with four - in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, while owner Godolphin Racing has two wins - in 1997 and 1998.

Dubai Duty Free - Past Winners

2004 Paolini (DH)
2005 Elvstroem
2006 David Junior
2007 Admire Moon
2008 Jay Peg

Dubai Duty Free - Betting

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