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Dubai’s $12-million World Cup horse race cancelled

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Jockey Christophe Soumillon gestures as he rides Thunder Snow after winning the Dubai World Cup horse race at the Dubai World Cup in the Meydan Racecourse on March 31, 2018 in Dubai. This year’s edition of the event will be cancelled. AFP

AFP – Racing’s ‘Dubai World Cup’ has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Sunday.

This year’s event was scheduled for March 28.

The main race carries a purse of 12 million USD (11.2 million euros) at the state-of-the-art Meydan racecourse in Dubai.

“Dubai World Cup has decided to postpone the 25th edition of the global event until next year,” a statement said.

The event was created by horse enthusiast Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

The main race is a Group 1 flat race of 2km run on a dirt track and has been won by Maktoum’s own Godolphin stable with Irish horse Thunder Snow mounted by the great Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon in the last two seasons.

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