By Staff writer
Dubai World Cup postponed the gala event 'to safeguard the health of all participants'
Racing's 'Dubai World Cup' has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Sunday.
This year's event was scheduled for March 28.
The main race carries a purse of $12 million at the state-of-the-art Meydan racecourse in Dubai.
To safeguard the health of all participants, the higher organising committee of the Dubai World Cup 2020 has decided to postpone 25th edition of the global tournament to next year. pic.twitter.com/hwHfBILqfj— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 22, 2020
"Dubai World Cup has decided to postpone the 25th edition of the global event until next year," a statement said.
The event was created by horse enthusiast Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
The main race is a Group 1 flat race of 2km run on a dirt track and has been won by Maktoum's own Godolphin stable with Irish horse Thunder Snow mounted by the great Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon in the last two seasons.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.