Horse Races In The UK
The UK has a 400-year history of horse racing—dominated with magnificent horses, challenging racecourses and the race meet venues. Let’s take an overview of some of the best races that are happening on British turf.
You can find a schedule of horse races in the UK, in most online Sportsbooks, along with most high street betting shops. They cover most of the horse races in Great Britain and abroad. When the biggest horse races in the UK are due, then the information is also in most of the daily papers. These prestigious events attract racehorses from around the world. Winning these races increases the value of the racehorse exponentially in stud fees. Plus their breeding line garners a lot more interest. Inaddition, trainers, breeders and the jockeys all enjoy the limelight, earmarking a big plus for their reputations.
So, which horse races in the UK are the most prestigious? These races fall into two categories: flat races and the National Hunt or jumps races.
Horse Races In The UK - Prestigious National Hunt Racing Events
The National Hunt sporting calendar’s first big event of the year is in January. This is the new Grade 1 race, Victor Chandler Chase, held at Ascot mid-month over two miles.
March sees one of the biggest jump racing events kick-off. The four-day Cheltenham Festival is second only in prize money to the Grand National in April. This meet sees several Grade 1 races including the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle, plus one of the year’s top events, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Horse Races In The UK - The Five Classics
Every year punters look forward to exciting horse races in the UK, seeing new champions emerge and, of course, winning their bets! The five long-standing Classics are the bedrock of the British flat season. These are five Grade 1 races for thoroughbreds; racea where careers begin and legends are born. These five races started life as The Classics in 1815.
The five Classics start with the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in late April. Next is the Epsom Oaks in early June, followed by the wealthiest jump race of the sporting calendar, the Derby or Epsom Derby. The last of the Classics is the St Leger Stakes which is run at Doncaster in September.
The British Triple Crown
Three races within the five Classics are collectively known as the Triple Crown. Winning all three races is an accolade that most owners and trainers want for their horses. The first leg of the Triple Crown starts with the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, first run in 1809. The second is the Derby, first run in 1780. The last and oldest of the three is St Leger Stakes, inaugurated in 1776.
Some of the most famous racehorses have made a name for themselves in these prestigious horse races in the UK. The very first racehorse to win the Derby – St Leger double in 1800 was the well-named racehorse Champion. The Triple Crown was inaugurated in 1809 and first won in 1853 by thoroughbred West Australian. Nijinsky won the last Triple Crown accolade in 1970.