2019 Dubai World Cup

The 2019 Dubai World Cup was a horse race run at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on 30 March 2019. It was the 24th running of the race. The total prize money for the race was US$12 million, with the winner receiving $7.2 million. This was an increase of $2 million on the previous year, making it the world's richest horse race in 2019.[1][2]

2019 Dubai World Cup
Dubai World Cup
LocationMeydan Racecourse
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date30 March 2019
Distance2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs)
Winning horseThunder Snow
Winning time2:03.87
JockeyChristophe Soumillon
TrainerSaeed bin Suroor
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The race was won for the second year running by Thunder Snow, who became the first horse to win the Dubai World Cup twice.[3]


A total of 13 horses were entered for the race, including Godolphin's defending champion Thunder Snow, who was bidding to become the first horse to win the race for a second time. Al Maktoum Challenge winners North America (Rounds 1 and 2) and Capezzano (Round 3) headed a strong local challenge from the United Arab Emirates, which also included Axelrod, Gronkowski and New Trails. The United States was also well represented with Pegasus World Cup runner-up Seeking The Soul, Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Gunnevera, along with Audible, Pavel and Yoshida. The field was completed by Japanese challenger K T Brave and the Korean-trained Dolkong.[4]

Road to MeydanEdit

The contenders' results in key races during the build-up to the Dubai World Cup.

Race cardEdit

The draw for the race was made on 27 March.[5][6]

K T Brave was later withdrawn, reducing the field to 12.[7]

No. Draw Horse Weight (kg) Jockey Trainer Owner
1 1 Gunnevera (USA) 57.0 Emisael Jaramillo Antonio Sano (USA) Salomón Del Valle
2 2 Capezzano (USA) 57.0 Mickael Barzalona Salem bin Ghadayer (UAE) Sultan Ali
3 3 North America (GB) 57.0 Richard Mullen Satish Seemar (UAE) Ramzan Kadyrov
4 4 Audible (USA) 57.0 Flavien Prat Todd Pletcher (USA) WinStar Farm, China Horse Club et al.
5 5 Seeking The Soul (USA) 57.0 Mike E. Smith Dallas Stewart (USA) Charles E. Fipke
6 6 Pavel (USA) 57.0 Joel Rosario Doug O'Neill (USA) Reddam Racing LLC
7 7 Gronkowski (USA) 57.0 Oisin Murphy Salem bin Ghadayer (UAE) Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd
8 8 Axelrod (USA) 57.0 Royston Ffrench Salem bin Ghadayer (UAE) Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd & Slam Dunk Racing
9 9 New Trails (USA) 57.0 Connor Beasley Ahmad bin Harmash (UAE) Hamdan Sultan Ali Alsabousi
10 10 Yoshida (JPN) 57.0 José Ortiz Bill Mott (USA) China Horse Club, WinStar Farm et al.
NR NR K T Brave (JPN) 57.0 João Moreira Haruki Sugiyama (JPN) Kazuyoshi Takimoto
12 12 Thunder Snow (IRE) 57.0 Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor (GB) Godolphin
13 13 Dolkong (USA) 57.0 Olivier Doleuze Simon Foster (KOR) Lee Tae In



North America was fastest out of the gates and took an early lead, with defending champion Thunder Snow breaking well from the second widest draw to move in behind the leader, alongside Capezzano, who was pulling hard on the inside. As the horses settled, Gronkowski moved through to challenge North America for the lead, with the leaders closely followed by Thunder Snow, Capezzano and New Trails. The positions at the front of the race remained unchanged until the final bend, where Capezzano and New Trails quickly faded. Into the home straight, North America started to drop back as Thunder Snow challenged Gronkowski for the lead. The two horses, now clear of the rest of the field, battled all the way to the line, with Thunder Snow getting up to win by a nose in a photo finish, becoming the first horse to win two Dubai World Cups. Gunnevera ran on from the back to take third place, with Pavel staying on to finish fourth.[8][9]

Full resultEdit

Thunder Snow (left) defeating Gronkowski in a photo finish to win the 2019 Dubai World Cup.
Position Margin Horse Jockey Trainer Prize
1 Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor $7,200,000
2 nose Gronkowski Oisin Murphy Salem bin Ghadayer $2,400,000
3 Gunnevera Emisael Jaramillo Antonio Sano $1,200,000
4 ½ Pavel Joel Rosario Doug O'Neill $600,000
5 short head Audible Flavien Prat Todd Pletcher $360,000
6 Yoshida José Ortiz Bill Mott $240,000
7 North America Richard Mullen Satish Seemar
8 head Seeking The Soul Mike E. Smith Dallas Stewart
9 neck Axelrod Royston Ffrench Salem bin Ghadayer
10 New Trails Connor Beasley Ahmad bin Harmash
11 6 Dolkong Olivier Doleuze Simon Foster
12 17 Capezzano Mickael Barzalona Salem bin Ghadayer


  1. ^ "Dubai World Cup Purse Raised to $12 Million for 2019". BloodHorse. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Dubai World Cup: The richest race day returns with $35 million prize purse". CNN. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Thunder Snow makes history as the only horse to win Dubai World Cup twice". Racing Post. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Cards: Meydan 30 MAR 2019 1m2f Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Dirt)". Racing Post. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Thunder Snow gets Gate 12 draw for Dubai World Cup title defence". The National. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Racecard / Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline". Emirates Racing Authority. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Dubai World Cup runners: field down to 12 horses after K T Brave withdraws". The National. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Thunder Snow wins $12m Dubai World Cup". Gulf News. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Thunder Snow wins 2019 Dubai World Cup in thrilling photo finish". The National. Retrieved 31 March 2019.

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