The only age-restricted race on World Cup night is the $2 million UAE Derby (G2), contested at 1900 meters (about 1 3/16 miles) around two turns of the main track at Meydan. It is open only to 3-year-olds and meant to be the local prep for American Triple Crown contenders, however southern hemisphere 3-year-olds are recognized as 4-year-olds in the north and are not eligible for the Kentucky Derby. Australian-bred Musir was sent off as the 8-5 favorite off 3 straight wins including the Golden Horseshoe in South Africa and the UAE 2000 Guineas in Dubai. In to challenge him included 9-5 second choice Mendip, undefeated in 3 starts including the Al Bastakiya and is the main Kentucky Derby hope for Godolphin Racing, and 6-1 third choice Raihana, one of 2 fillies in the race, exiting a win in the UAE Oaks last out.
Solid Choice went to the lead first time past the stands to set the pace, while being stalked by Della Barba early. Entering the stretch, the front-runners both tired from their pace battle, allowing Mendip, who raced in midpack early, to gain the lead at the 1/4 pole. Raihana, who also sat midpack early, moved up to take over the lead at the 1/8 pole but her advantage was short-lived, as Musir, who was last early, found room down on the rail at the 3/16 pole and closed with a rush to pass her at the 1/16, drawing off to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:57.44, completing a 1-2 sweep for trainer Mike de Kock. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Mendip third.
Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay.