2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival Accepted Horses List

December 17, 2020

Certain Lad winner of the 2020 Listed Zabeel Turf, one of the 158 nominated horses for DWCC 2021 (Erika Rasmussen, Dubai Racing Channel)

DUBAI (Dec17, 2020)— Dubai Racing Club has released the list of horses accepted for the 7-meeting 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which runs for six consecutive Thursdays (Jan 21 – Feb. 25) before culminating with Super Saturday (Mar. 6), the official dress rehearsal for the historic 25th running of the Dubai World Cup card (Mar. 27). (Dubai World Cup 2020 was postponed this year as a result of Covid-19).  

The list features 158 accepted horses, conditioned by a total of 63 trainers from 12 countries. In 2020, the DWC Carnival saw horses from Great Britain, Ireland, Oman, Sweden, UAE, USA, South Africa, Bahrain, Denmark, Korea, Japan, Spain, France and Norway either win or finish placed. In 2021, too there is a great variety of international participation expected based on the horses that have been approved to run.

A total of 42 Thoroughbred races and 3 Group Purebred Arabian affairs are on the programme, with a host of international stars likely to travel to Dubai to compete. Among the top names are G1 winners -the Roger Teal-trained Oxted (G1 Darley July Cup Stakes winner, 2020) and David O’Meara’s trainee –Lord Glitters (G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot winner, 2019, 3rd in G1 Dubai Turf behind Almond Eye at Meydan, 2019).

Fawzi-Nass’s Simsir (Bahrain International Trophy winner, 2020) leads the list of returning DWCC stars, alongside Prince Of Arran (Placed thrice in the Melbourne Cup, 2018-19-20), Certain Lad (G3 Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes winner, York, 2020, 6th in Bahrain International Trophy), Equilateral (Group 1 placed in King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot, 2020), Doug Watson’s –Midnight Sands (2 wins in DWCC 2020, back under Watson’s tutelage after a stint in America) and Suzanne Berneklint’s Plata O Plomo.

Others to watch out for include Australian G3 winner Halvorsen, and Berkshire Rocco who was placed 2nd in the G1 Pertemps St Leger Stakes earlier this year.


All races are being contested and regulated in a standard fashion and results are being recorded in an official capacity. In line with the UAE Government regulations, Dubai Racing Club is following strict health and safety measures, including full sanitation, thermal screening of attendees and social distancing.  

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