Dubai Racing Club has released the list of horses accepted for the 10-meeting 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which runs for nine consecutive Thursdays from 2 January to 27 February, before culminating with Super Saturday, the official dress rehearsal for the historic 25th edition of the world-leading $35 million Dubai World Cup card on 28 March 2020.
The 2019 renewal of Super Saturday produced three of the nine Dubai World Cup night winners.
The list features 237 accepted horses conditioned by a total of 76 trainers and from 16 countries.
In 2019, the DWC Carnival saw horses from Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, France, Ireland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA win or place in its races—all of those nations return with representatives in 2020.
A total of 61 Thoroughbred races and 4 Group Purebred Arabian affairs are up for grabs, with several international stars set to travel to Dubai to compete for the record $12.74 million in prize money.
Leading the lineup are three-time Australian Group 1-winning sprinters Sunlight and Nature Strip, England’s Gr1 Coronation Cup victor Defoe, Saudi-owned Chilean Triple Crown champion Cariblanco, Norwegian luminary Square de Luynes, Breeders’ Cup-placed South Korean superstar Blue Chipper, top-class French filly Edisa and American Gr1 winner and dual Gr1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline fourth Pavel.
Global Gr1 winners Zabeel Prince, Loving Gaby, Suedois and Desert Encounter, as well as G1-placed Prince of Arran, Vital Silver, Quip, Life Less Ordinary, Stormy Antarctic and Faatinah, bring elite form. Proven types Mister Sea Wolf, Spinning Memories and Spanish Mission, as well as returning classic winners Silva and Gold Town, flesh out a classy, complex and encompassing list.