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The biggest horse races around the world

Since the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia created the spectacle of horse racing in 4500BC which still to this day stands as the earliest recorded instance of the sport, horse racing has been more than just a sport.

Its heritage has grown into a global tradition and for some a lifetime obsession. The thrill of watching a live horse race is unrivalled in its grandeur and excitement as thoroughbreds thunder down the course being cheered on by sometimes tens of thousands of racegoers, while horse betting is a huge part of the industry as both serious and causal gamblers try their luck.

The racecourse at Les Landes hosts Jersey’s horse racing events situated in the Northwest corner of the island. This racecourse is of course also notable for its scenic location with stunning views out towards the islands of Guernsey, Sark and Herm plus a great vantage point for the historic ruins of Grosnez Castle.

Around nine meetings are held each year making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

As with any competitive sport the opportunity to have a “flutter” on the races unfolding in front of you is almost irresistible.  For those unable to attend in person the opportunity to wager still exists in the form of a dedicated and engaging platforms created especially for enthusiasts of the sport. 

The live online experience is great but for those wanting to experience the thrill and atmosphere of a live horse race spectacle then here are three of the most exciting must visit races that take place every year.

The Kentucky Derby

This world famous race is run on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is known as the “run for the roses” mainly due to the race winner traditionally being covered in a blanket of roses by officials. The name was also given to an award-winning 1977 classic film Run for the Roses.

The Kentucky Darby isn’t just about a race which is why its such a great experience for tourists as it’s the centrepiece for a two week long festival that includes parades, concerts, and the famous mint julep cocktail

The atmosphere is electric, with fashion always playing a huge part in the day as at most horseracing events of note with extravagant hats being the main focus!

The Kentucky Derby takes place this year on Saturday the 4th May.

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is Britain's most valuable horse racing event, one of the very few events on the UK horse racing calendar to have such focus outside of Newmarket.

The world's finest racehorses compete at this event for for millions in prize money. 

The heritage of this event is incredible with the first ever Ascot happening in 1711 on the orders of Queen Anne. Royal Ascot in its nature is as much about high society as it is about horse racing, with the Royal Family in attendance, adding to the grandeur and tradition of this huge event.

Ascot is also famous for having the worlds strictest dress code for any horse racing event on the planet making it a showcase of Britain's finest tailoring and fashion.

The Royal Procession is always a highlight, where the King and accompanying members of the Royal Family arrive in horse drawn carriages. Being there in person means you're part of a centuries-old tradition, enjoying top tier racing while rubbing shoulders with the crème de la crème of society.

Royal Ascot takes place on the 18th June this year at Ascot Racecourse.

The Melbourne Cup

Exactly 10,540 miles away from Ascot to Australia and the Melbourne Cup holds a special place in the heart of Australians. In fact so much so that it is often referred to as the race that stops a nation. In contrast to Ascot this event has much more of a carnival feel with fashion being a central focus both on and off the racing track.  The atmosphere of this event is often described by even the most seasoned of race goers as the best experience in horse racing globally.

This event is so iconic that just 30 minutes after the race has finished betting opens for next year’s race!

This is an event that always showcases the best of Australian culture and gives attendees the chance to experience an event that unites the entire country.  It is also on a lighter note the biggest day for alcohol consumption in Australia each year - Strewth! 

The Melbourne cup takes place on the 5th November 2024.

All the fun of the races

There is something magical about the sport of horse racing.  Many who attend for the first time find themselves hooked for life.  Something about the excitement of the powerful animals thundering down the course and of course the opportunity to win enough money to pay for the expensive outfit you probably bought to attend! If you are able to attend any of the above races this year then you are sure to have a fantastic time.

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