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What Are the Most Prestigious Horse Racing Events in the World?

From Harry Green: June 2020

Do you know what the most prestigious horse racing events in the world are? Find out which events have made our list here in this article as we discuss.

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports around the world with many people attending some of the most prestigious events each year. A horse racing event isn't just about the horses taking part and the jockeys who have spent years training. Horse racing events are social events with much more going on than just the racing. For many, this is a big day out and attendees look forward to the events each year.

To prove this to you, we thought we would compile a list of some of the most prestigious horse racing events around the world.

The Everest

In October, you can expect to see one of the most prestigious horse racing events take place in Sydney Australia. This event takes place on turf over at Randwick Racecourse and brings in a lot of fans. This race is not one that is just graced by Australians; horses and riders from around the world come to compete with their owners at their side.

One of the things that makes this event so prestigious is the large entry fee and the even larger prize purse. For any owner hoping to have their horse take part in The Everest, they will need to pay $600,000 upfront. Interestingly, there are only 12 slots that can be purchased so it can be quite hard to enter. The prize purse for this event is a whopping $14,000,000 so it is definitely worth their time.

Dubai World Cup

The next prestigious horse racing event to make our list is the Dubai World Cup. This event takes place slightly earlier in the year with the race happening on the last Saturday in March. You'll find the Dubai World Cup taking place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and the track, in this case, is a dirt track.

For many horse racing fans based in Dubai, this is the most valuable race that there is, so there is always a lot of excitement that comes along with it. Lucky horses and their owners can expect to get a slice of the $12,000,000 prize purse if they manage to win the race on the day. This event was first held back in 1996 and has featured horses from around the world including the USA, the UK and Japan. If you are in Dubai in March, we suggest that you check out this prestigious event.

Royal Ascot

If you are based in the UK, then you will have probably heard of the Royal Ascot. This is by far one of the most prestigious events in the world of horse racing and it is certainly more than just a race. This event takes place in Ascot, Berkshire and the racecourse in question is one of the leading racecourses in the UK.

The Royal Ascot race usually takes place between 16th June and 20th June each year with fans of horse racing flying across the world just to get involved in the action. One of the main reasons why this event is so prestigious is that it is seen as a social event as well as a race. Many of the richest people in the world will come to Royal Ascot dressed head to toe in designer clothing and will place large bets on the horses. If you think that casino sites like Raging Bull have high prize funds then you need to take a closer look at Royal Ascot and the kind of betting that goes on there.

Royal Ascot: Pixabay

The prize purse for this tournament is 3,680,000 which is an incredible amount of money. Some races offer higher prices than others with one offering 250,000 alone this year. If you are in England next year, we highly recommend that you check this event out.

Breeders' Cup Classic

The next horse racing event on our list of the most prestigious in the world has to be the Breeders' Cup Classic. This race takes place on a dirt track on a different racecourse in the USA each year. You can expect to see this event take place on the first Saturday in November with the location announced each year.

This event is slightly different from others around the world with qualifying races taking place throughout the year. The prize purse for this event is $6,000,000 which is slightly lower than others on our list. Of course, it is certainly an event that brings a lot of money in one way or another.

After the first Breeders' Cup Classic race took place in 1984, this is now one of the most famous events in the world.

Kentucky Derby

The final horse racing event on our list has to be the Kentucky Derby which takes place in the USA each year. This race takes place on Churchill Downs Racetrack over in Louisville, Kentucky and it certainly gets a lot of attention in May. This event is also commonly known as the 'run for the roses' due to the blanket of flowers that the winner is given as they cross the finish line.

The prize purse for the Kentucky Derby is $3,000,000 but most of the value in this event comes from those betting on the races. According to reports, this prestigious event will have gamblers betting an estimated $133,000,000 which is really quite incredible. If you are in Kentucky in May, you should make sure to check this one out.

Don't Miss Out

Getting a ticket for one of these prestigious horse racing events can be quite tricky so if you manage to get your hands on one, you should definitely go. These races can feature some of the most talented horses in the world and many people will travel the world just to see them in person. With some events focusing on the horses and others on the entertainment and fashion, you really do have a lot to choose from.

Make sure to pay attention to these events and see how the horses perform in the coming year.



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