Dubai World Cup 2018 – as it happened

All the best pictures and updates from Meydan Racecourse


The Dubai World Cup kicked off in spectacular style at Meydan Racecourse and we brought all the latest from the ground. You can read back all the day's action here.

Check out our galleries of the best dressed, the best hats and all the track action. Not to mention the massive fireworks display.

Scroll down to see all the day's updates from Time Out Dubai’s team on the ground.

Jockeys competed for their share of a prize pot which totals an eye-watering US$30 million (Dhs110,190,000). The eventual winner was Godolphin's Thunder Snow who took home the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

The world-famous race 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.



and there they are! A spectacular fireworks display has marked the end of the Dubai World Cup. As well as a laser show. Fancy! Click here to see our full gallery of this year’s wonderful finale.

With that, it’s the end of our Dubai World Cup coverage for another year.

You can check out our galleries of 2018’s best dressed men, best dressed women, best dressed couples, best hats, race action and fireworks.

Thank you for joining us, and we’ll see you next March!


It's another win for Godolphin! Thunder Snow has taken the $10 million Dubai World Cup, then West Coast is in second place. In third is Mubtaahij.
And with that, the races are over for another year. But now it's off to the various after-parties going on across the city. And we've got the traditional massive fireworks display to come, still. Stay tuned here for pictures!


Godolphin's Hawkbill has won the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic. In second place is Poet’s Word, with Godolphin's Cloth of Stars coming third.

Now it's just the big one to go – the Dubai World Cup itself! Stay tuned, folks...


It’s time for another result! Godolphin's Benbatl has won the $6 million Dubai Turf, with Vivlos coming in second. Deirdre is third.

Now we've just got the Dubai Sheema Classic, followed by the Dubai World Cup itself.

While you’re waiting, why not check out the rest of the action in our gallery of today’s races at Meydan.


It’s time for the Dubai World Cup ceremony – and we’ve got these interesting balloon people taking to the skies…


The Dubai Media Office just released this family photo of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The world-famous race was set up by HH Sheikh Mohammed. He is the owner of Goldophin and Darley Stud – a massive player in the world’s leading horse racing and breeding operations.


In track news, Mind Your Biscuits has won the Dubai Golden Shaheen, followed by XY Jet in second place. Roy H came in third. That race carries a $2 million prize!

We’re getting closer and closer to the Dubai World Cup itself. It’s at 8.50pm.


It’s all about the hats at the Dubai World Cup. Click here to see our gallery featuring the best of the best


Jungle Cat has won the Al Quoz Sprint, with Stormy Liberal second and Conquest Tsunami coming in third. Here's our view of the race


The sun’s setting on Meydan Racecourse, but we’ve still got plenty more action to come.

Mendelssohn just won the UAE Derby unchallenged, with Rayya in second and Reride coming third.

The actual Dubai World Cup 2018 itself is at 8.50pm.


Here's Vazirabad winning the Dubai Gold Cup 2018 earlier today




The Dubai Media Office has released these images of the Royal Family at today’s races.

Here is UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at Meydan today.

In other news, we’ve just had a result from the Dubai Gold Cup. Vazirabad has won, followed by SheikhZayedRoad with Rare Rhythm coming third.

The race was Vazirabad’s third Dubai Gold cup win – and this time the horse had a record time of 3:17.92.

4.45pm come the boys! We've picked out some of the best dressed men at Meydan Racecourse. Click here to see the full gallery (which we'll be updating throughout the day).


It’s busying up here at Meydan Racecourse. We’ve just had another result too – it’s a victory for Tallaab Al Khalediah in the Dubai Kahayla Classic!


Pictures are pouring in from Meydan Racecourse – click here to see a gallery of the best-dressed women from the day so far


This man has turned up with a rather bizarre take on a jockey costume…


We’ve got a result, for those of you following the horse-racing action. Heavy Metal has taken the Godolphin Mile. Muntazah is second while Adirato is third.


Race-goers arriving at Meydan today are being greeted by these figures commemorating previous winners of the Dubai World Cup.

Here's Jerry Bailey, who sailed to victory on Captain Steve in 2001. On the right, Mickael Barzalona who won while riding Monterosso in 2012.


Here come the horses! It’s almost time for the first race at 3.45pm – the Godolphin Mile. It will be contested over a distance of 1,600 metres and carries a prize of $1,000,000.


Luckily for the crowds here at Meydan Racecourse, it’s a scorcher and the sky is completely blue. Last year the weather was a bit more showery – resulting in a sudden burst of umbrellas at the venue.


This race attendee has ambitiously created a hat featuring a swan. Birds of a feather...


It just wouldn’t be the Dubai World Cup without some crazy fashion – and Time Out Dubai’s Emma Pearson has caught some of the best outfits so far. Snazzy!


Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of this year’s Dubai World Cup. The gates are open and the crowds are arriving, and we’ll be bringing you the best pictures as soon as we’ve got them.

For now, here are last year’s best hats and all the details of tonight’s after-parties.

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