|Tuesday 15th August 2017|
Horse Racing Events to Watch Out For in 2017/18
With around 1450 fixtures held each year in Britain, there’s no denying that Horse Racing is still as popular now as it always has been. This ‘Sport of Kings’ is the second largest spectator sport in Britain, and whether you’re planning on dressing up to attend an event, or watch from home and place your bets on some of the best sports betting sites, it’s a sport that any and every one can enjoy. We’ve gathered together some of the biggest and best racing events to watch out for.
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
The three-day event taking place Wednesday 23rd August – Saturday 26th August is always packed full with races and entertainment alike. Whether an owner, trainer, jockey or racegoer, the ‘Ascot of the North’ is filled with the best horses and the highest quality fashion to catch the eyes of all. The Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes are the highlight of the festival, with the mile-and-a-quarter race having been won by the likes of Sea the Stars in 209, and Duke of Marmalade in 2008.
32Red Sprint Cup Festival
From Thursday 7th September – Saturday 9th September at Haydock Park, the 32Red Sprint Cup Festival will take place, and it’s not one to miss. With its importance as the final top-level sprint race of the year in Britain, and host of the Group 1 Sprint Cup feature race, the contest usually brings together some of the top sprinters. The picturesque course makes for perfect viewing, and being completely accessible, there’s little reason not to go.
The Williams Hill St Leger Festival
The world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger Festival has a rich history that dates all the way back to 1776. Despite its return to the newly developed Doncaster racecourse, the 13th-16th September festival still has an aura about it that keeps racing enthusiasts coming back. The Group 1 St Leger race is the only Classic run in the north of England, and is the fifth and final British Classic in the year. It brings together colts and fillies, having them race alongside each other rather than separately, and Doncaster’s top facilities make for a comfortable, modern experience.
Taking place 28-30th September, the Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket racecourse is a three-day meet filled with quality horses and quality races, including the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, a major end-of-season ace for two-year-old fillies, and the Group 3 Somerville Stakes, another race for leading juveniles. With a high-energy atmosphere, the Cambridgeshire meeting will set your pulse racing.
QIPCO British Champions Day
British Champions Day is the culmination of the European Flat season, and of the British Champions Series. With millions of pounds in prize money, over £3million to be precise, to be won across the final races, this day gives trainers, owners, horses and jockeys alike the opportunity to prove what they can do, and gain sporting immortality.
This three-day fixture is packed with more than just high-quality racing. You can find trade stands in the Shopping Village, grandstands, bars and restaurants and an amazing atmosphere in all of them. With some of the biggest Anglo-Irish clashes of the season, The Open has also attracted all kinds of challengers from the likes of France, Norway and the Czech Republic.
Ladbrokes Gold Cup
One of the best-known races in the Jump racing calendar, the Ladbrokes Gold Cup takes place 1st-2nd December. The 3m 21/2f race is the first major staying chase of the season, and can provide an insight into what to expect from the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National later in the season.
Tingle Creek Christmas Festival
Sandown’s first Grade One race of the Jump season is the Tingle Creek Chase (8th-9th Dec). One of the most fiercely contested events of the winter season, the race often sees the best two-mile chasers and plays a part as a major stepping stone towards the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. With Sandown being one of the most modern and beautiful racecourses, huge crowds are always drawn there.
32Red Christmas Festival
The 32Red Christmas Festival (26-27 Dec) is host to the King George VI Chase, one of the most historic races in the Jumps calendar, and is regarded as the mid-season championship for the top chasers. King George Day also features The Christmas Hurdle (2m) and the Feltham Novices’ Chase (3m), both Grade 1 races which rank as two of the most prestigious races of their type.
Coral Welsh Grand National
The Welsh National is one of the biggest attractions in jump racing over the Christmas period, with the courses’ undulations meaning that horses and jockeys alike are put to a test of stamina and skill during this unpredictable jumps ace. The Welsh National is Chepstow’s most valuable and popular day, and also plays host to the Grade 1 Finale Junior Hurdle and the Grade 2 Championship Bumper events.