Super Saturday which is happening on 8th March at Meydan is an eight-race card hosted, which is basically a dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup that will take place on 29th March 2014
Dubai is one of those places in the world where cultural and sporting fiestas occur all-year round. This month will see the culmination of one of the world’s most important horse racing events – the Dubai World Cup – at the Meydan Racecourse on the 29th March.
Ever since its inception, nearly a decade ago, in 1996, the event has attracted not only the world’s best thoroughbreds and purebreds and jockeys, but also the entire world’s attention as well. Its popularity has spread far and wide and as a result, the Dubai World Cup has become the centre of attraction of everyone who calls oneself a connoisseur of the sport of horse racing.
The Dubai World Cup however is the final, crescendo to a horse racing season that starts in the month November featuring several horse racing events that provide a unique build-up to the Dubai World Cup, featuring on the last Saturday in the month of March, every year.
Conducted by the Emirates Racing Authority, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Presidential Affairs minister of UAE, the Dubai World Cup or the DWC as it is popularly termed across the globe, will have a total purse exceeding more than US$ 25 million (US$25.25 million to be exact).
This weekend – 8th March –however is the ‘Super Saturday’ which is a part of the Dubai World Cup Carnival that began on the 9th January 2014. This year, ‘Super Saturday’ will feature 11 horse racing events across the three tiers – Groups I, II and III – of horse racing accreditation. Carrying a prize purse of US$ 37 million, the event is the last major event leading up to the Dubai World Cup.
The 11 races will feature some of the best horse trainers and jockeys in the business, attempting to bring laurels to their owners. In all the years of the Dubai World Cup, there never has been a race horse who has won an event twice. However horse owner, Godolphin Racing and their trainer Saeed bin Suroor both have won the maximum number of events leading the fray with five wins while the most successful jockey has been Jerry Bailey with four wins.
And it is on Saeed bin Suroor that all eyes have come to be riveted with just a handful of days remaining for the ‘Super Saturday’ to start. The veteran’s trained horses have all displayed their elegance and class and following the victory of his trained horse Cavalryman on Thursday, 27th February in the Nad al Sheba Trophy (Group III), there is more pronounced expectation of his success on ‘Super Saturday’, giving him a head-start of sorts.