Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed will donate his $6 million win purse from the Dubai Racing World Cup to the Dubai Autism Centre.
On Saturday Sheikh Hamdan saw a surprise win for the Dubai owned Godolphin stables as old runner Prince Bishop won the Dubai World Cup principal meeting at the Meydan Racecourse. Prince Bishop ridden by Danish/British jockey William Buick beat race favourites Chrome (USA) and Japanese duo Hokko Tarumae and Epiphaneia in the 2,000 metre flat track race.
Prince Bishop’s unlikely win was the fourth time that the Godolphin stables race horse had ridden in the world’s richest race with a total race purse of $10 million, the horse had not even been considered an outsider for the race win by most bookmakers and racing experts.
A delighted Sheikh Hamdan announced on his Twitter page that he would donate the $6 million winning purse to the Dubai Autism Centre, a charity on which the Sheikh advises as Honorary Chairman. The $6 million donation comes days before the World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April.
I am pleased to announce that I have donated the Dubai World Cup prize of 6 million dollar to the Dubai Autism Centre
— HH Sheikh Hamdan (@HamdanMohammed) March 29, 2015
In other Dubai World Cup news Irish Bookmaker Paddy Power announced that it had recorded over + $7.5 million in Dubai World Cup wagers. The Bookmaker stated that it had seen increased interest in the race from European punters due to a “stellar international racing card”.