Horse racing is one of the post popular sports in the world and there are some fantastic events worth checking out across the globe.
Royal Ascot, the Breeders’ Cup and the Melbourne Cup are amongst racing’s top attractions, but there’s plenty more on offer throughout the year.
Read on for our top five recommendations of the finest horse racing events.
Royal Ascot, England
Royal Ascot is the highlight of the flat racing calendar in the United Kingdom, attracting over 300,000 spectators to the track during June every year.
It is a major event in the British social calendar, with the fashion on show often gaining as much attention as the actual racing.
However, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days, Royal Ascot offers plenty of Betfair sports betting opportunities for true racing fans.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, France
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of Europe’s biggest horse-racing events. Thousands of elegant spectators head to Longchamp Racecourse on the http://flyusthere.co.uk/?s=france at the start of October to watch one of the world’s richest horse races.
Its roll of honour features many highly acclaimed horses including Alleged and Dancing Brave, while many winners are regarded as the champion mile-and-a-half horse that season.
Dubai World Cup, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai World Cup first put the United Arab Emirates on the horse racing map in 1996 with its inaugural race at Meydan Racecourse. It’s the richest race in the world with a prize of $10 million for the lucky winner.
The new Meydan Racecourse opened in 2010 alongside the Meydan Hotel, so you can watch the race in March from the stunning grandstand or from the comfort of a luxurious room or suite at the world’s first track-side hotel.
Melbourne Cup, Australia
The annual Melbourne Cup Carnival is a tradition dating back to 1861 and is considered by many people to be the greatest 3,200-metre horse race in the world.
The November event attracts horses from across the world and is widely known as “the race that stops a nation”.
Breeders’ Cup World Championships, USA
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade One thoroughbred horse races held over two days in late October or early November. Tracks across North America take it in turns to host the event which attracts top horse from the USA, Europe and Oceania.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the premier thoroughbred horse race of the year in the USA and is now regarded as the fourth leg of horse racing’s Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing — the traditional Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, plus the Classic.