By Staff writer
High European interest and an earlier start time helped boost interest, Paddy Power said
An Irish-based betting site has revealed that it expected to earn around $7.6 million in revenue from the Dubai World Cup, which was held at Meydan Racecourse, due to high European interest in the race this year.
“We’d expect the bookmaking industry in the UK and Ireland to take somewhere in the €7 million [$7.6 million] on the Dubai World Cup,” a spokesperson from Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker with over 560 betting shops in Ireland and the UK, told Arabian Business.
"A Steller international
card full of European interest.... [and] the earlier
start time (5pm) this year and the presence of a well-known clear favourite
should enable us to build on last year’s figure," he added.
However, the spokesperson add that “due to local laws Paddy Power does not have any business from the UAE and any attempt to be place a bet on the website is blocked.”
While it had placed California Chrome as “far and away the most likely winner” on Saturday, Prince Bishop, ridden by William Buick, won the $10 million Dubai World Cup by two and three-quarter lengths.
"He was slow away from the gate but we worked our way out down the back -- we had a lot of ground to make up," said jubilant jockey Buick. "He's a very tough horse. He's got a huge heart and gave me his all today."
Prince Bishop, trained by Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor, completed the 2,000 metre contest in two minutes 03:24 seconds at the opulent 60,000-capacity Meydan racecourse. The full field of nine finished the race.
The eight-year-old gelding is owned by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, whose other runner Long River trailed in seventh.