The Dubai World Cup returned to Meydan Racecourse on Saturday and the city’s chicest residents donned their best hats, fascinators and outfits for the occasion.
The annual race also doubles as one of the city’s biggest fashion events of the year, with many planning their outfits weeks in advance in search of the perfect statement.
And this year, as with many that have gone before, hats were the order of service, with plenty of the race’s guests donning colourful fascinators in bold colours and geometric styles.
There were also plenty of spring pastels and summer brights on show, while other women opted for a more tailored look, with trouser suits and waistcoats spotted trackside.
The race took place on Saturday evening for the 26th time. The meeting featured 131 horses from 13 countries, including 78 top-calibre horses from outside the UAE, which competed with 53 Emirati horses that are among the strongest in the country, including from the Godolphin stables.
Frankie Dettori left the best for last to win the 26th Dubai World Cup on Bob Baffert’s Country Grammer.
The Italian jockey reached another milestone in a remarkable career by joining American legend Jerry Bailey as the most successful jockey, with four Dubai World Cup wins.
It’s still one of the richest days of horse racing in the world, with a total prize pot of $30.5 million. The final race of the cup, sponsored by Emirates airline, has a prize of $12m and produces fierce competition, especially with the participation of the best American horses, which competed with each other and against carefully prepared local horses over the 2,000-metre stretch.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was at Meydan to watch the race.
The Dubai World Cup has been a source of pride for Sheikh Mohammed and excitement was high for another memorable day.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, were also at the celebrated occasion, which welcomed back spectators after last year’s event was held behind closed doors because of the pandemic, and 2020 was cancelled.
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