Dubai World Cup – the world’s richest horse-racing event

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The annual Dubai World Cup kicked off in style with revellers in the sun-drenched Emirate dressing up to the nines for the high society fixture.

Vibrant headwear was the order of the day with feathers and foliage ruling in the style stakes.

Leave the umbrellas behind: A quartet of race-goers arrive at the Dubai World Cup wearing a eye-catching array of feathered headwear, with one racegoer appearing to wear a pink Bavarian-inspired costume (third from left)

With the weather hot, hot, hot, many wore lighter dresses, with hot pants and above-the-knee outfits making an appearance

One quartet of spectators arrived wearing theatrical plumes of multi-coloured – from neon pink to bright green – feathers on their hats and fascinators.

While the Emirate normally conducts a highly conservative dress code for women, with modesty paramount, fashion appeared to over-ride as crowds gathered to watch jockeys hustle for a $10m prize.

It ended up being an extravagant payday for horse Thunder Snow, who won for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin team. The $10m prize was claimed by jockey Christophe Soumillon.

The crowds swelled to tens of thousands as the rich and famous gathered to watch the world’s richest horse race event play out.

Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid officially opened the event around 10am yesterday as locals and tourists poured in to watch 118 horses compete in nine races.

Two racegoers wore matching white but donned wide-brimmed fascinators to protec themselves from the scorching temperature 

Lady in red! One glamorous racegoer didn't miss a beat as she set hearts racing in her one colour ensemble - matching her nails, lips, hat and frilly coat

The Dubai races were a chance for many racegoers to show off pieces of art as they donned creative headwear
From a branch with cherry blossom flowers and peacock feathers the attendees looked like they belonged in a museum

Say cheese! One woman sported a gloriously intricate fascinator with six interconnecting rings balanced on top as she did a last-minute check in her phone

A guest with a striking hat arrived to a spectacular welcome at the Meydan Racecourse to attend the Dubai World Cup day horse racing event

Birds of a feather! This woman managed an impressive balancing act with a nest of swans surrounded with a colourful ring of more feathers

You certainly couldn't miss this woman who themed her outfit around the very colourful and glamourous peacock, donning a matching dress and hat



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