(CNN)This 12 months‘s Dubai World Cup, one of many highlights of the racing calendar, will go forward with out paid hospitality spectators due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
According to organizers, only horse connections, racing officials, media members and sponsors might be allowed into the Meydan Racecourse on March 28.
The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest race day with $35 million up for grabs throughout 9 races, together with a $12 million purse for the showpiece Group 1 race.
“Due to the ongoing world health implications of the COVID-19/coronavirus and precautionary measures being applied by the UAE government, Dubai Racing Club will host the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28 with out paid hospitality spectators at Meydan Racecourse,” stated a statement from organizers.
Christophe Soumillon riding Thunder Snow wins the 2019 Dubai World Cup on the Meydan Racecourse.
Supporting occasions in the build-up to the race, such because the welcome reception and post-position draw, have been canceled, as has race day leisure.
Last 12 months, Thunder Snow became the first two-time Dubai World Cup winner after a photo finish with Gronkowski. This 12 months will mark the 25th anniversary of the race.
There have up to now been 98 confirmed cases of the coronavirus within the UAE and no deaths, in response to a tally by the John Hopkins University.