Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
19 Jan 2021
12:56 pm

Racing world converging on Meydan as Carnival kicks off

Mike Moon

The coronavirus has not deterred international racing campaigners from planning to raid the riches of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which kicks off at Meydan on Thursday.

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A remarkable 63 trainers from 12 countries have had 158 horses accepted to compete in the nine-meeting Dubai World Cup Carnival, which culminates in the World Cup itself on 27 March. Of course, the 2020 Cup meeting had to be scrapped as Covid descended on the world. That and diminished racing and stakes throughout the world have sparked keener interest than usual in the mega prizes on offer in the desert. Among the invading throng is South Africa’s Mike de Kock, who has less firepower than in previous years but could still pay to follow judiciously with a hardy and...