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Dubai Sheema Classic

Group 1 race
Dubai Sheema Classic
Location Meydan Racecourse
Dubai
Inaugurated 1998
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website emiratesracing.com
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
(N. & S. Hemisphere)
Weight 54 kg
Purse US$5,000,000

The Dubai Sheema Classic is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Arab Emirates open to thoroughbreds which are four-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (approximately 1½ miles) ( 2410 metres in 2010 ) on the turf track at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai, and it takes place annually during the Dubai World Cup Night in March.

The race was first run in 1998, and it was initially titled the Dubai Turf Classic. The present name was introduced two years later. The event attained Group 1 status in 2002.

The Dubai Sheema Classic currently offers a purse of US$5 million, making it and the Dubai Duty Free race the two richest turf races in the world.[citation needed] [1]

Records

Speed record:

  • 2:27.45 - Sun Classique (2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Shadai Racehorse Co. Ltd. (2001, 2006)

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1998 Stowaway 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:29.01
1999 Fruits of Love 4 Kieren Fallon Mark Johnston Michael Doyle 2:28.45
2000 Fantastic Light 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:27.70
2001 Stay Gold 7 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Shadai Racehorse 2:28.23
2002 Nayef 4 Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:29.64
2003 Sulamani 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:27.67
2004 Polish Summer 7 Gary Stevens André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:31.09
2005 Phoenix Reach 5 Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding Winterbeck Manor Stud 2:30.54
2006 Heart's Cry 5 Christophe Lemaire Kojiro Hashiguchi Shadai Racehorse 2:31.89
2007 Vengeance of Rain 6 Anthony Delpech David E. Ferraris R. G. Chow Hon Man 2:31.03
2008 Sun Classique 5 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock L. Cohen / W. V. Rippon 2:27.45
2009 Eastern Anthem 5 Ahmed Ajtebi Mubarak bin Shafya Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:31:84
2010 Dar Re Mi 5 William Buick John H. M. Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:31:84

References

  1. Dubai World Cup - The Races



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