The sporting calendar is full to the brim of spectacular horse racing events that take place all over the world, but true racing fans will know there is anything that compares to watching the races in person and with it being impossible to go to them all, here are the most unmissable horse racing events from all over the world that you will kick yourself for missing out on.
The Kentucky Derby
On the first Saturday of May each year, racegoers flood to the Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, USA to witness thoroughbred horse racing at its finest. The dirt track event is popular with racing fans as it is one of the most famous races in the world and is popular with competitors as ti offers a large purse of $3 million; its fame that attracts them both stems from it being one of the three legs in the Triple Crown.
Not only do attendees go to watch the horses, but the events, much like many sporting events, is very popular with betting with bookies on online with Timeform and this generates around $13 million each year, yet another reason why it is known as one of the biggest races on the planet.
The Grand National
If you arent wanting to venture too far from home, not to worry as one of the most famous horse races in the world is right here in the UK – the Grand National. It has long been one of the most renowned jump races but is now the longest stretching a distance of just over 4 and a half miles including 30 fences, also making it infamous for its difficult when it comes to racers crossing the finish line.
The Grand National is a historic event and its popularity has only grown since its inauguration back in 1711, with its viewership reaching over 600 million people worldwide in recent years and even with its 2020 cancellation the world saw the very first virtual edition of the race. It is popular with avid racing fans, celebrities, members of the royal families and even just those wanting to get in on the action of the three-day event, there is something to satisfy everyone and it would be a shame for anybody to miss.
Dubai World Cup
Flip your calendars to the first Saturday in March and make sure to mark in the Dubai World Cup and if you are lucky enough to attend then we can safely say you will not regret it as not only is it known as the richest horse race in the world, but its track is second to none. Fairly new to the racing world, the event was first held in 1996 but with a purse of $12 million, it quickly caught the attention all the right people.
Taking place each year at the Maydan Racecourse, the event is not just popular with racing fans, but also with the rich and famous from around the world, it would not be out of the ordinary to see a few famous faces dressed to impress for the races.