Dubai World Cup 2019: as it happened

Look back over all the pictures and updates from the big race day

Dubai World Cup 2019: as it happened

The Dubai World Cup is one of the world's richest race days, and this year we brought you all the latest updates and pictures live throughout the day.

Scroll down to look back through all the updates from Time Out Dubai’s team on the ground.

The Dubai World Cup was set up by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and owner of Goldophin and Darley Stud – a massive player in the world’s leading horse racing and breeding operations.

The first race was held at the now defunct Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in 1996 when it was won by the legendary US star Cigar, ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The jockey holds the title for the most wins in the race, as he went on to win it three more times. The race has been held at Meydan since 2006.

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9:50pm: Thank you for joining us

Thank you for joining us throughout the day for this year's Dubai World Cup. Check back on the Time Out Dubai website tomorrow for more pictures from throughout the day.

We'll see you next year!


9:35pm: Gwen Stefani takes to the stage

Pop legend Gwen Stefani is entertaining the crowds at the Dubai World Cup after a day of racing.

We’ll be bringing you a full set of pictures from her concert first thing tomorrow morning, so stay tuned to TimeOutDubai.com.



20:45: Thunder Snow wins the Dubai World Cup

And in the race we've all been waiting for, Thunder Snow has won the Dubai World Cup for the second time in a row, becoming the first-ever horse to do so.

That means a prize pot of $12 million (Dhs44 million). Congratulations!

Now, with racing over for this year, it's on to the after-show with pop legend Gwen Stefani. Stay tuned for updates...


20:10: Longines Dubai Sheema Classic won by Old Persian

In the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, the final race before the Dubai World Cup (what we're all waiting for), the trophy and $6 million (Dhs22 million) prize go to Old Persian!

It's half an hour to go until the final race now. Stay tuned...


19:50: Catch up on all the action from today

As we go into the penultimate race, the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, now's a better time than ever to catch up with all the action from throughout the day.

Click here to see our gallery of all the best pictures from Meydan Racecourse.


19:25: Dubai Turf won by Almond Eye

With a whopping $6 million (Dhs22 million) prize pot, we're really getting into the big leagues now.

Almond Eye has won the 1800-metre Dubai Turf, with just one more race to go followed by the Dubai World Cup itself.


18:50: Another result from Meydan



The horses have just run the Dubai Golden Shaheen Race, with the $2.5 million (Dhs9.18 million) prize going to XY Jet!

We've rounded up all the best photos of the race day action so far in a gallery here.

There are just two more races to go, then it's the Dubai World Cup itself. Then the crowds will be moving on to the big after-concert, where pop legend Gwen Stefani will be headlining.

It's going to be a big night!



18:10: These are the best dressed couples



Just look at these couples, who have made a massive effort to get glammed up and dapper for Dubai World Cup today.

Click here to see the full gallery.

In other news, we've had a couple more results from the track and we're edging ever closer to the big race itself.

Blue Point has won the Al Quoz Sprint, taking home $2 million (Dhs7.35 million), while in the UAE Derby, the prize of $2.5 million (Dhs9.18 million) went to Plus Que Parfait. Congratulations!



4:55pm: Latest race results from the track



We’ve had a few more results from Meydan Racecourse. Taking home the trophy for the second race, as well as a prize of $1.5 million (Dhs5.51 million) is Coal Front.

Meanwhile, in the Dubai Gold Cup – which has the same prize pot – the winner is Cross Counter!

After this, we’ve got five more races followed by the big one, the Dubai World Cup itself, which is scheduled to take place at 8.40pm.



4:05pm: Hats off to these race-goers



These are the best hats we've seen so far today at Meydan Racecourse – we've got to say, there's some incredibly extravagant fashion on show.

Click here to see the full gallery and prepare to be wowed.

In news from the track, we've had the first result! AF Maher has won the first race of the day – the Dubai Kahayla Classic – with a prize pot of $1 million (Dhs3.67 million).

Next up, it's the Godolphin Mile.



3:30pm: The sun is shining at Meydan Racecourse



With just 15 minutes to go until the first race, the sun is out at Meydan Racecourse.

Race guests were a bit worried that there might be rain today, following a recent spell of wet weather in Dubai.

But it looks like it's going to be a pleasant afternoon, making for perfect hat weather.

Throughout the rest of the day, it's going to be a mix of sun and clouds – with highs of 34°C at lunchtime. In the evening the temperatures will drop down to approximately 30°C.



3:00pm: See the best-dressed women from today's races



...and the first photos of glammed-up guests at Meydan Racecourse are coming in!

There's still a bit to go until the first race, but it's clear that visitors are pulling out all the stops for this year's Dubai World Cup.

We'll be bringing you all the best pictures throughout the day – click here to see the first gallery of the best-dressed women at today's races.



1:45pm: The weather's holding up (for now)



Over at Meydan Racecourse, the skies are looking a bit overcast – although fortunately it looks like there won't be any rain during today's Dubai World Cup.

Last year saw perfect hat weather - sunny and breezy - with temperatures peaking at about 35°C at noon, and the rest of the day ranging from 29°C-33°C.

That was a pleasant change from the year before, when an unfortunate downpour of torrential rain soaked the crowds.

Today, apart from the wind, forecasters say it's set to be a mix of sun and clouds.

Expect highs of 34°C at lunchtime, while in the evening the temperatures will drop down to approximately 30°C.




1:30pm: Horse sculptures show previous winners



These amazing sculptures at Meydan Racecourse showcase previous winners of the Dubai World Cup.

The first race was held at the now defunct Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in 1996 when it was won by the legendary US star Cigar, ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The jockey holds the title for the most wins in the race, as he went on to win it three more times.

The race, which was set up by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been held at Meydan since 2006.




1:00pm: Sheikh Mohammed publishes Dubai World Cup poem



His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has published a special poem commemorating the Dubai World Cup.

Posting on his Instagram account, he wrote: "My passion for horses goes back a long way / They are my life, my joy from the very first day".

You can read the full poignant poem below:

In “Al Wasl”* we held a joyous gathering
A land towards which people came hastening
And so “Al Wasl”, is a name from the past
The present Dubai, where aspirations last

Connecting people with love and generosity
Embracing visitors as they arrived eagerly
From around the world, the guests flew in
Bound by its spell, they found a great haven

Honored is the horse on this land and victorious
Whence every horse aspires to be glorious
A joyous celebration, year after year
Where the world’s best meet, from far and near

This World Cup is quite a unique one indeed
Everyone has heard of its success and great steeds
Every year we win and earn our trophy
For when horse owners meet, indeed it is victory

Winning is neither bound by a cup, nor complete
Though my horse is a winner, with the wind it competes
The presence of our guests is an absolute win
A win that fills me with peace from within

It brings me a joy that lingers, an utmost pleasure
A happiness against which none else can measure
My passion for horses goes back a long way
They are my life, my joy from the very first day

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
* The word “Al Wasl” means connection or to connect in the Arabic language. It is also what the city of Dubai was named in the past. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum uses it as a metaphor in this poem to illustrate how the Dubai World Cup connects people from all around the world.




12.00pm: Gates open at Meydan Racecourse



The gates are open at Meydan Racecourse and the crowds are streaming in for this year's Dubai World Cup.

Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, we’ll be bringing you the best pictures and latest updates as soon as we’ve got them.

For now, here is a fabulous gallery of last year's best dressed women. Or check out some of the race action from the track.

The Dubai World Cup weather this year is going to be a bit of a mixed bag, but remember to slather on plenty of sun screen...

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