The eyes of the racing world were on Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday for the world's richest horse race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1). This year's edition marks the end of an era, as it was the final race to be run at historic Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, as next year, the Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup will move "next door" to the massive Meydan Racecourse currently under construction. Fourteen older horses went to post in this 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) main track feature, with Maktoum Challenge Round 3 winner Asiatic Boy sent off as the 2-1 choice over 7-2 Albertus Maximus, winner of the Donn Handicap after winning the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. 4-1 Casino Drive completed the top three on the tote hosted in South Africa as betting is illegal in the UAE.
Jockey Aaron Gryder sent Well Armed to the lead, getting fractions of 25.29, 48.67, and 1:12.58 over the fast track while being stalked by My Indy and Gloria de Campeao the whole way. Albertus Maximus moved up to challenge for the lead on the far outside on the far turn. However, Well Armed, aided by the slow early fractions, had plenty left for the long stretch run and easily dismissed him. With 2 furlongs remaining, Gryder asked Well Armed for run and got it, as the son of Tiznow quickly opened up a clear lead after 1 mile in 1:36.27. Gloria de Campeao put in a mild late bid but was already running for second money as Well Armed cruised past the winning post a record 14 lengths in front in a time of 2:01.01 over the fast main track. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to late-running Paris Perfect third. Albertus Maximus faded in the lane to finish 6th beaten 22 1/2 lengths, while favorite Asiatic Boy never was in contention, finishing a well beaten 12th.
Results chart - from Emirates Racing Authority