Becoming part of racing in Dubai



Becoming part of Racing in Dubai

Why have horses in training in Dubai?

It is a proven fact that Dubai is among the most profitable centers in the world to own a racehorse. This was confirmed in 2001 at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Horse Racing Association in Paris who ranked Dubai, UAE second of all the established racing nations in what owners receive in return for the costs of keeping their horse in training. On average AED 230 is returned for every AED 100 spent on upkeep and training for each horse.

Generous prize money, world class facilities and the perfect climate, together with races to suit all classes of horses, from maidens through to group 1 events, make Dubai the ideal centre in which to race a horse.


The Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is recognised as the “world’s richest day in racing” with total prize money of US$30 million for the showcase of nine races which are 6 group one races and 3 group two’s . The DWC race day features three of the most valuable contests in the world of racing: the US$6 million Dubai Sheema Classic, the US$6 million Dubai Turf, and the famed US$10million Dubai World Cup.


The Dubai World Cup Carnival

The Dubai world cup carnival is held over 11 days with prize money totaling an incredible US$40,190,000. Throughout the 11 days there are 8 group one races, 11 group two’s, 8 group three’s and 43 valuable listed and handicaps races to be won. Not only is Dubai a fantastic place to own a horse but with the astonishing prize money there is to offer throughout the Dubai World cup carnival and the World cup itself where else would you rather be!

Local Racing in Dubai

There are 5 different racecourses throughout the UAE all of which offer great prize money and races to suit all horses’ abilities. Each racecourse uses a different track surface making the UAE once again very versatile for racing.

  • Meydan races left handed on an oval shaped track on 2 surfaces, dirt and turf.
  • Jebel Ali has a right handed horseshoe shaped track of 2200 metres with a 900 meter run into the finish. It has a 1400 meter straight course. Surface is a mixture of sand and oil. Well known for its steep European style finish.
  • Sharjah race left handed on a dirt/sand track of 1600 metres with a 1200 meter straight.
  • Abu Dhabi is a 2000 metres (10 furlongs) right handed grass track with a run in of 400 metres. A fibresand training track is located inside the main track.
  • Al Ain races right handed and is the fifth racecourse in the UAE, racing on a synthetic surface.


Training Fees in Dubai (per month)

Owning a horse in Dubai is a privilege with thanks to H.H Sheikh Maktoum family highly subsidising the overall training fee’s, unlike all other countries the entry fees for racing are incredibly reasonable and a majority of races have free entry.

The monthly fee of having a horse in training at Zabeel Racing stables is AED 5,500 this involves;

  • Livery
  • Feed/Water
  • Supplements
  • Bedding
  • Training
  • Farrier
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Treadmill
  • Horse Walker

An average additional cost from AED 350 – AED 1,000 per month for veterinary administration will apply; this is excluding any examinations/surgery/medical treatments a horse could possibly endure due to accident or injury. Transportation fees to the races are extra.