horse racing dubai

There are thousands of Australian racing fans heading online these days to benefit from everything these innovative online bookmakers have to offer. For instance, a major part of the appeal for many Australian punters is the ability to place wagers on international markets such as the horse racing Dubai scene. So many incredible wagering venues provide Aussies with the ability to bet on races in other countries with ease. The fact is many of these international venues based outside of Australia may provide odds and betting options that are more desirable than those for local events.

Nad Al Sheba Racecourse

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One extremely popular venue within the horse racing Dubai world is Nad Al Sheba Racecourse located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The track opened in 1986 and since has gone one to host a number of regular race meetings and special events that attract thousands of avid Australian fans and punters online. The course itself features a left handed turf course with a circumference of 2200 metres as well as a left handed turf dirt track with a circumference of 2200 metres. The season is typically held between November and March providing a ton of great chances for Australian punters to place wagers online.

There are many popular events held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse including a number of Group 2 events such as the Al Fahidi Fort and Jebel Hatta race meetings. Group 3 races held at the course throughout the season include the Al Shindagha Sprint, the Zabeel Mile, the Al Rashidiya race meeting, Balanchine, the Dubai City of Gold Stakes, and the popular UAE 2000 Guineas.

Dubai World Cup

If there is one event taking place within the horse racing Dubai market that Australian punters online will not want to miss, it’s the Dubai World Cup. The event is held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the popular Al Sheba Racecourse and although only being first held in 1996, it has grown in popularity quite significantly. The race is organized by the Emirates Horse racing Authority and is officially part of the Dubai World Cup Night race meeting.

There are many different reasons so many Aussie punters are attracted to this Group 1 flat race, however the fact that, with a prize pool of USD 6 million, the race is the richest in the world certainly doesn’t hurt. The race is officially reserved for four years old and up thoroughbreds and held annually in March over a distance of 2000 metres. There have been many successful and fan favourite horses to compete in the event including thoroughbred Cigar who would later enter the United States Hall of Fame and Dubai Millennium who set the speed record of 1:59.50 in 2000. Some of the winners in the last few Dubai World Cups include Well Armed (USA) with jockey Aaron Gryder in 2009, Curlin (USA) with jockey Robby Albarado in 2008, Invasor (Arg.) with jockey Fernando Jara in 2007, and Electrocutionist (USA) with jockey Frankie Dettori in 2006.


The world of Australian horse racing has always been one full of prestige with many of the world’s most popular races taking place within the country each year. However, the world of online wagering venues has opened up the doors to opportunities for races held in other countries, for example the horse racing Dubai market, which has become quite popular. For instance, one race that has been getting a ton of attention from Australian punters online is the Dubai World Cup taking place annually at Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai. Other popular races held in the region each year include the Dubai City of Gold Stakes, UAE 2000 Guineas, and the Al Shindagha Sprint. These will definitely be the main feature for Australian racing fans interested in the horse racing Dubai market.