Biggest Horse Racing Events Across the Globe

Horse racing isn’t just big in the UK and Ireland, but it also offers plenty of action all around the world. Bettors can find horse racing betting odds at top sites for some of the best international events on the racing calendar. 

This is now one of the biggest sports in the world and it is run in countries far and wide – even in Dubai. Aside from the gambling side of horse racing, it is also an interesting and excitement-filled sport for those who simply love horses. Generally, most horse racing fans and bettors stick to the events in their own country. However, there are also plenty of fans who travel the globe to see their favourite horses race. Here we look at the top horse racing events in the world.

Royal Ascot

This top, English horse racing event is so popular that even the Queen makes a point of going every year. The hype and PR around the festival is certainly worthy of such royal attention.

The Festival is held in the middle of the year annually and goes on for five days. It takes place at the Ascot racecourse, in Berkshire and is owned by the Queen. Before the racing begins each day, the Royal procession is held along the track.

For many, the Royal Ascot isn’t only the best horse racing event in the world, it’s also an excellent social event as well. The festival combines pageantry, fashion – and the best flat racing in the world. There is a dress code for men in the Royal enclosure – a morning suit and top hat. 

Given the stature of this event, it attracts the best horses from all over the UK, Europe and other countries.

Cheltenham Festival

This is another of the biggest horse racing events in the world that takes place in England. It is hosted at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire – offering a beautiful view of the Cotswolds from the track.

This annual event attracts the best National Hunt horses from all across Britain and Ireland – and is a huge attraction for horse racing bettors. During the course of the festival, there are around 30 races, generating masses of revenue. There are numerous races from this event that are often touted as the biggest in the world.

Each year, you can only expect the highest quality of racing, especially when it comes to the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup – ranked as the most prestigious hurdle and chase races in the world. To top it off, it’s also a top-class social occasion as well.

The Grand National

It would be remiss of us not to enter this in the list of top annual races. This event made the grade because it is one of the biggest and best in the steeplechase world, especially with bettors. The Grand National race is held every year at Aintree racecourse, near Liverpool. It is the combination of the distance and the nature of the fences that sets this apart from others.

Over the years, the unique hurdles and fences have been adjusted for the benefit of horse and jockey.

The Breeder’s Cup

This festival isn’t a UK based race – instead, it is held in the US every year in November. It was originally supposed to be just a one day event, but now runs for two days – and has done for more than a decade. Apart from the US Triple Crown races, this is the most attended horse racing festival in the country. The race features mares, fillies and juveniles, with a maximum of 14 runners allowed.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival

Finally, we have the Dubai World Cup Carnival which is held every year in the Meydan racecourse in the UAE. The festival runs from January through to March with a grand prize of $35 million. The Dubai World Cup is the crowning glory of the event.