The Dubai Racing Club (DRC) on Sunday announced a new structure for the 2023-24 racing season at Meydan, renaming the entire event from December through March as the Dubai Racing Carnival and boosting purses by AED11 million, a 27% increase over last season.
The season will offer three feature race nights starting in December (AED4.7 million), then January (AED10 million), and Super Saturday in March (AED 10million), which brings the total purses for the three meetings to AED24.7 million. The minimum purse for non-stakes races is AED165,000, which is back to pre-pandemic levels. The G1 Dubai World Cup night retains total purse money of US$30.5 million (AED112 million).
“The new shape and identity of the Dubai Racing Carnival has the potential of boosting Dubai’s strategic position as a regional centre for horseracing sports and a favourite racing destination,” Sheikh Rashed bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, said. “This is thanks to the rich races on offer and the expertise, services and facilities at the iconic Meydan Racecourse.
The Dubai Racing Carnival encompasses 14 meetings, excluding Dubai World Cup day, each offering seven to nine races. Racing takes place on Fridays, except for Super Saturday and the Dubai World Cup Saturday.