News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 7, 2019: Horse racing dates back as far as ancient Rome and Greece, but over the years, some events have gained more prestige than others. These are ten of the most prestigious horse racing events found around the world that fans shouldn’t miss. If you’re a betting man when attending the races, Timeform have some great offers, you just can’t turn down.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most
popular races in the world and particularly in America. It’s known as the ‘most
exciting two minutes in sports’ and the ‘fastest two minutes in sport’. The
winner of this race earns $1,425,000 and it also forms part of the Triple Crown.
Held in Maryland, a few weeks after the
Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown and
dates back to 1873. It’s the second-most popular racing event in terms of
attendees and spectators and similarly to the Kentucky Derby, it lasts just two
The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, held in June in New
York. This event brings in more than 20 million viewers on TV and thousands of
in-person fans. It’s arguably most famous for the horse Secretariat who set the
track record in 1973 and also won the Triple Crown as well.
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The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the
biggest horse race in France and also one of the largest in Europe. It’s held
at the prestigious Longchamp
Racecourse in Paris and has one of the highest prizes in Europe at €4
million, making it one of the world’s richest turf races.
The Royal Ascot is a week-long event and
one of the oldest horse racing events in the world, dating back to 1711. The
Queen attends this event every year and its arguably the most famous event in
the UK. More than 300,000 people travel to Ascot each year and it has a prize
of around £6.5 million.
One of the newer races on this list, the
Dubai World Cup was established in 1996 but it’s huge prize of $10 million
makes it one of the most elite races in the world. It’s held at the stylish
Meydan Racecourse and is one of the richest races in the world.
The Grand National is one of the most
spectacular and famous races in the world – a race of just four miles but a
brutal attack for horses and jockeys. This race is so famous that even those
who don’t typically watch horse racing attend it each year. It’s held at Aintree
Racecourse and dates back to 1839.
The Melbourne Cup is part of the Melbourne
Cup Carnival and is regarded as the greatest 3,2000-metre horse race in the
world. It was first started in 1861 and is a week-long event held in November.
The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that
is known as the ‘richest two days in sport’. It is held in the US and Canada
and has a purse of more than $20 million.
Held in Japan, this event is the most
important race in Asia and was established in 1999. The Grand Jump is a
steeplechase event and offers a prize of around $1.7 million.
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