|8th Dubai World Cup|
Nad Al Sheba, 29 March 2003
|won by Moon Ballad (IRE)|
Dubai Race Track Horse Racing
The 2003 Dubai World Cup was a horse race held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday 29 March 2003. It was the 8th running of the Dubai World Cup.
Welcome to Equibase.com, your official source for horse racing results, mobile racing data, statistics as well as all other horse racing and thoroughbred racing information. Find everything you need to know about horse racing at Equibase.com. It was an unusual notion. A championship horse race, the richest ever run, held at a huge track called Nad Al Sheba in the deserts of Dubai. They called it the Dubai World Cup, and with an unprecedented purse value of $4 million, it was the event everyone was talking about at the start of the 1996 racing season. WALTON STREET was at least as good as ever as he outclassed a field of handicappers over C&D back in January and Charlie Appleby's charge is a confident selection to take this Group 2 contest. The Dubai World Cup, the richest day of horse racing in the world, has taken place at the Meydan race course. And what a day of racing it was.
The winner was Godolphin's Moon Ballad, a four-year-old chestnut horse trained in Dubai by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Frankie Dettori. Moon Ballad's's victory was the second in the race for Dettori, the fourth for bin Suroor and the third for Godolphin.
Moon Ballad was originally trained in England by David Loder before being transferred to Saeed bin Suroor's stable in 2002. As a three-year-old he won the Dante Stakes and the Select Stakes as well as finishing third in the Epsom Derby and second in the Champion Stakes. He prepared for the World Cup by winning the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge in February. In the 2003 Dubai World Cup he started the 11/4 second favourite and won by five lengths from the American challenger Harlan's Holiday with the 11/8 favourite Nayef a length away in third place.
- Sponsor: none
- Purse: £3,750,000; First prize: £2,250,000
- Surface: Dirt
- Going: Fast
- Distance: 10 furlongs
- Number of runners: 11
- Winner's time: 2:00.48
|Pos.||Marg.||Horse (bred)||Age||Jockey||Trainer (Country)||Odds|
|1||Moon Ballad (IRE)||4||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor (GB/UAE)||11/4|
|2||5||Harlan's Holiday (USA)||4||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher (USA)||11/2|
|3||1||Nayef (USA)||5||Richard Hills||Marcus Tregoning (GB)||11/8 fav|
|4||shd||Grandera (IRE)||5||Jamie Spencer||Saeed bin Suroor (GB/UAE)||5/1|
|5||3||State Shinto (USA)||7||Johnny Murtagh||John D. Sadler (UAE)||100/1|
|6||nk||Grundlefoot (USA)||6||Sebastian Madrid||Kevin McAuliffe (USA)||20/1|
|7||6¾||Blue Burner (USA)||6||Kent Desormeaux||Bill Mott (USA)||66/1|
|8||2¼||Sei Mi (ARG)||7||J. A. Velez||Jerry Barton (KSA)||50/1|
|9||2¾||Aquarelliste (FR)||5||Dominique Boeuf||Élie Lellouche (FR)||15/2|
|10||7¾||Crimson Quest (IRE)||6||Alex Solis||Jerry Barton (KSA)||100/1|
|11||½||Hans Anderson (USA)||5||Wigberto Ramos||A. Mishreff (KSA)||66/1|
- Abbreviations: DSQ = disqualified; nse = nose; nk = neck; shd = head; hd = head; nk = neck
Further details of the winner, Moon Ballad
Dubai Horse Race Winner 2019
- Sex: Stallion
- Foaled: 4 March 1999
- Country: Ireland
- Sire:Singspiel; Dam: Velvet Moon (Shaadi)
- Breeder: Newgate Stud
- ^'Dubai World Cup result'. Racing Post. 29 March 2003. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
2021 Dubai World Cup Betting
The historic 25th Dubai World Cup will take place on Saturday, March 27 this year and the field figures to be ultra-competitive.
There’s money to be had betting the 2021 Dubai World Cup, but which contender offers the best bang-for-the-buck while also having a realistic chance of finishing in the money?
2021 Dubai World Cup Odds
As of this writing, Benbatl is the favorite to win the 2021 Dubai World Cup at 3/1 odds, followed closely by Monomoy Girl at 4/1. Swiss Skydive is 7/1, followed by Matterhorn at 9/1 and Mucho Gusto at 12/1. Tacitus and Chrysoberyl are both 14/1, respectively.
From there, Gronkowski is 16/1, Capezzano is 20/1 and both North America and Muntazah are 33/1, respectively. Gronkowski was named after American football tight end Rob Gronkowski, who recently won the Super Bowl in his first year with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Ojo 50 free spins. The former Patriot is a minority owner of Gronkowski, who finished as the runner-up in the 2019 Dubai World Cup as a four-year-old.
2021 Dubai World Cup Predications & Best Bets
If anyone in this field is going to pull off the upset, my money is on Tacitus. Even casual horse racing bettors will remember the name, as Tacitus finished third in the 2019 Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes that same year. He also won the G2 Wood Memorial in 2019, as well as the Tampa Bay Derby that same year. Most recently, Tacitus won the G2 Suburban Handicap in 2020, then finished second in the Grade 1 Woodward back in September. Tacitus has the experience to upset the field on March 27.
Swiss Skydiver (7/1)
If you’re going with one of the favorites, Swiss Skydiver offers perhaps the best combination of value and ability to win. Granted, Swiss Skydiver did finish seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November, but that was his lowest finish in his last 10 races. Before that dud, Swiss Skydiver won five races (including three in a row), finished as the runner-up twice and third at the Rachel Alexandra in February of last year. One of those victories came in the 2020 Preakness Stakes and another game in the Grade 1 Alabama.
Hey, why not right? It might just be the year of the “Gronk” after Rob won yet another Super Bowl in early February, this time as a member of the Buccaneers. Gronkowski – the horse – also finished second in the 2018 Belmont Stakes and as previously mentioned, finished as the runner-up in the 2019 Dubai World Cup. His most recent outing did not go well, as he finished 10th in the Saudi Cup in February of last year, but Gronkowski has proved more than capable of finishing somewhere in the money. He might not win on March 27, but he’s a good bet to finish somewhere near the top of the leaderboard.
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