The World Racing Series kicked off in 1999 under the lights at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse with the Dubia World Cup, the worlds richest race.
A meeting of international representatives realsied that there was a need for a new association ot bring the “sport of kings” into the next century. The first meeting took place at the 1999 Breeders Cup in Toronto with discussions that there was no common link between the prestigious international horse races around the world.
The World Racing Series travels around the world each year beginning in March and ending in December. The series takes in the world’s most imortant races in each country and cintinent. The top six finishers in each race are awarded champoinship points, and the horse with the highest number of points at the end of the World Racing Series in December is crowned ‘Thorougbred Champion Of The World.
The Early Years – 1999 to 2001
The first year of the World Racing Series started with 9 races, and was won by Daylami, a galloping grey. This colt, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, started his assult on the first Thoroughbred World Champion by finishing fifth in the Dubia World Cup. Daylami then went on to win the King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Ascot and the irish Champion Stakes in Dublin befor traveling to Florida in the United States to win the Breeders Cup.
In 2000 the series expanded to a total of eleven events with the inclusion of the Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany and the Arlington Million in Chicago. This year’s balle came down to the last race, the Hong Kong Cup, in December with Fantastic Light, Samum and Giant’s Caseway all able to take out the title with that run. The consistant Fantastic Light cliched the ttile with a thrilling win in the Hong Kong Cup.
In 2001 the series expanded again to a total of twelve races. This took the World Racing Series to ten countries on four continents.
In September it was time for what was billed as the race of the year with Galileo and Fantastic Light entering the ring again in the Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes in Dublin. It was an awesome performance and the two fought all the way to the line with the reigning World Series champion getting the upper hand and claiming the victory.
Fantastic Light sealed his title for the second time by crossing the Atlantic and winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf in New York.
With Fantastic Light now retired to stud the crown is now there for the taking. The 2002 World Series has expanded again with the addition of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and the Singapore Airlines International Cup, the Championship now takes in fourteen of the World’s most prestigious races in eleven countries and on four continents.
The World Racing Series will continue to bring the excitement of the worlds best racing to the world.