Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dubai's World Cup costs less to stage than Trengganu Monsoon Cup!

Unlike previous years, I did not receive a pair of VIP tickets to Dubai World Cup this year. It could be the person that used to invite me had returned to UK and his successor does not know me. Well, I may have missed those glamorous hats as I am not into horse racing.
Gulf News reports that the entire racing world will be watching today as the best horses on the planet face off in a battle to claim the honour of winning the sport's richest race.
Reputations are made and broken on the turf of Nad Al Sheba, venue for the world's richest race meeting. The moral fibre of the world's best thoroughbreds is put to the test in March every year. This is the site for them to meet and push each other's engines to the limit. The perfectionists refer to it as horsepower.
This is the setting in which unsung novices try to achieve instant notoriety. This is the turf where legends bid to endorse their reputations further. This is the racecourse where owners and trainers gather aiming to get their hands on a share of the huge purse, which at $6 million (Dh22.5 million) is the highest on offer.
Saturday 29 March, as every March, is the day which has been equated by some to an equine world summit. And all roads lead to the vibrant, pulsating, progressive city of Dubai that will host the rest of the world with a seven-card race menu. Each contest promises the best and is closely intertwined with the spirit of Dubai, which believes in taking ownership of nothing but that, which is unparalleled.
It is no small wonder, and in keeping with the quality race field, that the bookies are forecasting a new track record in the feature race today.
Blink and you will miss it.

Equally, the World Cup is not just a race meet. It is an extension of the dreams and aspirations of the emirate and its inhabitants. The realisation of one such vision will be the birth of the world's first racing city, Meydan, in 2009. Dubai showcases the best that is on offer. The speed of its growth is equivalent to that of the 13 magnificent animals who will try to be on top of the world today.
What Monsoon Cup?

Well, did I mention about comparing Dubai World Cup to Pak Lah's Terengganu Monsoon Cup? Idris Jusoh or Patrick Badawi or Khairy, or whoever related to Pak Lah had claimed arrogantly the annual yatch race was watched by billions of people around the world. It costs wang ehsan about RM300 million to run.

How come there was not even a single news on Monsoon Cup here?

I can guesstimate that even billed as world's richest race, Dubai's World Cup costs less to stage than Trengganu Monsoon Cup!


Johnny Ong said...

another record was set too - world's biggest handout

george k said...

What is Monsoon Cup???????????????

I hv heard of the America's Cup. Saw the racing twice over the decade from my home in Auckland...cost me nothing and also live on TV.

Lately the racing is in Spain...cost me nothing to see them live too on TV.

In most cases the competitors pays for the runing of the race.

The organiser made monies out of the expenses of the competitors, TV/media rights and much more.

Is Monsoon Cup heild during the Monsoon seasons ???

Zawi said...

The Monsoon Cup is a mere vehicle used by The PM's family to pilfer money from Wang Ehsan Trengganu. High time wang Ehsan to be reverted to oil royalty so that it can be used to develop Trengganu the way it should be.