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Dubai Duty Free Stakes

Group One race
Location Meydan Racecourse
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Inaugurated 1996
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Dubai World Cup
Race information
Distance 1,800 metres
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Northern Hemisphere 4yo+ & Southern Hemisphere 3yo+
Weight SH 3yo: 54.5kg.
NH & SH 4yo+: 57kg
Purse US$5 million

The Dubai Duty Free is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Arab Emirates for four-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 1,800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong) on the turf at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai during the Dubai World Cup Night in March.

It was first run in 1996 on dirt, with a distance of 2,000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs). It was transferred to turf, and its present distance, in 2000. The race attained Group 1 status in 2002. The name of the race is taken from its sponsors, Dubai Duty Free. Between 1996 and 2009 it was run at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

In 2006, the race became the second leg of the four race Asian Mile Challenge.

The Dubai Duty Free Stakes currently offers a purse of US$5 million, which places it and the Dubai Sheema Classic among the richest races on turf in the world.[citation needed] [1]



Speed record: (at current distance of 1,800 metres and Meydan Racecourse)

  • 1:48.60 - Al Shemali (2010)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








1996 Key of Luck 5 Gary Stevens Kiaran McLaughlin Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:03.77
1997 Tamayaz 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:02.20
1998 Annus Mirabilis 6 Gary Stevens Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:04.32
1999 Altibr 4 Richard Hills Saeed bin Suroor Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:00.79
2000 Rhythm Band 4 Ted Durcan Saeed bin Suroor Rashid Al Maktoum 1:48.60
2001 Jim And Tonic 7 Gerald Mosse François Doumen John D. Martin & Roger Barby 1:47.83
2002 Terre a Terre 5 Christophe Soumillon Eric Libaud Mmes H. Devin & B. Ashbrooke 1:48.75
2003 Ipi Tombe 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock Team Valor et al. 1:47.61


Right Approach (DH) 5 Weichong Marwing Mike de Kock Bernard Kantor et al. 1:49.36


Paolini (DH) 7 Eduard Pedroza Andreas Wöhler Carde Ostermann-Richter 1:49.36
2005 Elvstroem 5 Nash Rawiller Tony Vasil Elvstroem Syndicate 1:50.54
2006 David Junior 4 Jamie Spencer Brian Meehan Roldvale Ltd & Gold Group Int'l 1:49.65
2007 Admire Moon 4 Yutaka Take Hiroyoshi Matsuda Riichi Kondo 1:47.94
2008 Jay Peg 5 Anton Marcus Herman Brown M. Shirtliff et al. 1:46:20
2009 Gladiatorus 4 Ahmed Ajtebi Mubarak bin Shafya Mansoor Al Maktoum 1:46.92
2010 Al Shemali 6 Royston Ffrench Ali Rashid Al Raihe Mansoor Al Maktoum 1:50.84

External links


  1. Dubai World Cup - The Races


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