Here we have put together a definitive list of the biggest and best horse racing events to bet on in the UK this coming year! If you’re looking to get in on the action for the most talked about horse racing events, check out our list below!
The Biggest Horse Races in the UK
- The first major festival that hits the racing world comes in the form of a 4 day extravaganza at the world famous Cheltenham racecourse. The Cheltenham Festival takes place Tuesday, March 10 – Friday March 13. Races to look out for include: The Champions Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Stayers’ Hurdle and the race that tops them all, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- Aintree festival is the home of The Randox Health 2019 Grand National. This race is the pinnacle of the three-day festival, which takes place Thursday April 2-Saturday April 4. This year is even more exciting then usual with the winner of the 2018 and 2019 race TIGER ROLL attempting a historic hat-trick, the like of which has only been seen once before by world famous horse RED RUM. Red Rum won the race three times but was runner-up twice before his third triumph, Tiger Roll could get this in consecutive wins.
- Guineas Festival at Newmarket, (May 2nd and 3rd) This event features 2 of the most talked about races in the calendar. The 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas. The 2000 Guineas is the first of the five Classics of the flat racing season and he first leg of the flat racing seasons triple crown. The 1000 Guineas is for fillies only and is the second of the Classics.
- Epsom Downs is the home of the Investec Derby Festival which brings us 2 days of exhilarating racing. The first day gives us The Oaks, the third of the Classics of the flat season with day 2 culminating in Britain’s richest horse race, simply known as The Derby.
- Royal Ascot festival takes place between Tuesday June 16 and Saturday June 20 and holds the Gold Cup. No you’ve not read that wrong, another Gold Cup titled race, but not to be confused with The Cheltenham Festival one, the Gold Cup at Ascot is a flat race of two miles and four furlongs – which is long for a flat race!
- The St. Leger Stakes take place at Doncaster racecourse in September. It host the oldest of the five Classics, the St. Leger and is part of the Triple Crown (the other races being the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby).
- The King George VI Chase takes place at Kempton Park racecourse on Boxing Day. (Yes that’s right, there’s not much rest over the Christmas period). The race is run over about three miles with 18 fences to jump and is one of the most prestigious chases after The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
When these races come around, you’ll want the best tips, full race cards and fast results and you can get all this and more on theracing.co.uk