5 Exciting Horse Races Around The World
Competitive horse racing has been around for thousands of years and in almost every country. The top races offer exciting thrills combined with gourmet food and high fashion to every racegoer around the world.
The Kentucky Derby
“The most exciting two minutes in sports” and the “Run for the Roses” was inaugurated in 1875 and has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky since then. The current race is held on a dirt track and is 1¼ miles in distance. Medina Spirit was the latest thoroughbred horse to win the race in May of 2021. It has a total prize purse of $3,000,000 and is the oldest continuing major race in the United States. Nearly 200,000 people turn out to the event every year making it one of the most popular horse races in the world.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
This French horse race is held at Longchamp racecourse in Paris. It is a flat turf 2400 metre race with a total prize purse of €5,000,000. It was first run in 1920 and was won by French thoroughbred horse Comrade. Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey in this race with 6 wins beginning in 1995 and the latest one in 2018. The race is attended by thousands of racegoers each year in October and has a reputation for producing champion horses. It is the second richest turf race in the world behind The Everest, which takes place in Australia. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a highly regarded race and its slogan is “It’s not a race, it’s a monument”.
The Doncaster Mile
This race is considered one of the greatest mile races in the world. It is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney each year in Autumn and was last won by Cascadian in 2021. The total prize money of the race is $3,000,000 making it quite a lucrative turf race for the winners. Doncaster Mile odds are worth investigating if you intend to have a punt on the race, which was first run back in 1866 and was won by thoroughbred horse Dundee. The Doncaster Mile has seen many champion racehorses win the event throughout the years including Tobin Bronze, Super Impose and Winx.
The Dubai World Cup
The richest horse race in the world offers a total prize purse of $12,000,000, is run at Meydan racecourse in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is a Group 1 dirt race with a total distance of 2000 metres and was first run in 1996 where it was won by US horse Cigar who later became a United States Hall of Famer. The latest horse to win was Mystic Guide in 2021 who is expected to go on and have further success in the future.
The Melbourne Cup
One of the biggest horse races in the world, the Melbourne Cup attracts thousands of people to Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The race is a 3200-metre turf race with a total prize purse of $8,000,000 making it one of the richest turf races in the world. It is a time of high fashion and gourmet food and beverages and takes place on the first Tuesday in November during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Horse racing offers all of its thrill and excitement all around the world. If you are a racing fan then attending at least one of these legendary races should be on your bucket list for sure.