October Stakes Races to Watch

The thoroughbred racing season is coming to a climax. October holds a few massive races that are can’t-miss events.

Let’s have a quick look at the most significant races in the month of October and remember, top sports and racebooks around the world will all have odds on these events. So if you plan on getting into the action online, be sure to compare your options using this Heritage Sports review.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe has returned to Longchamp. This race is has been around for over 150 years and now that it’s back at a revamped Longchamp, it’s more exciting than ever. With a mile-and-a-half track, the Arc is a true test of stamina and skill.

Enable has won back-to-back Arcs and is in the field on October 6th, looking to win a historic three-straight. The 5-year-old mare is the odds-on favorite at 8 to 11 odds or -137 to win.

Can Frankie Dettori get his 7th win in Paris? The legendary jockey already has six wins here, one of them last was year’s victory with Enable.

The Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe will be held in Paris, France, on October 6th at 3:05 PM. The winner will get somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.8 million dollars. Making the Arc one of the richest races in the world.

The Everest

The world’s richest horse race on turf is in Sydney Australia. The Everest has massed a massive 15 million in prize money and the top three sprinters will get the lion’s share. The 1200 meter race (1.2 kilometers) is designed to highlight the world’s best sprinters as well as showcase the fact that Australia is home to world-class sprinters.

The Everest is a new edition to the world of high-stakes horse racing, coming to life in the year 2017. But in its first iteration, it attracted over 33,500 people to Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 2019 should be nothing short of amazing.

So far, the top ten of this year’s field are:

  1. Pierta
  2. Santa Ana Lane
  3. Arcadia Queen
  4. Classique LEgend
  5. Redzel
  6. Osborne Bulls
  7. Sunlight
  8. Nature Strip
  9. Bivouac
  10. Alizee

The Everest will be held on October 12th at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. Kelly Rowland – former Destiny’s Child member will be headlining the event, performing a free concert for all racegoers.

British Champions Day

This race has been around since 2011, so like The Everest, it’s a relative newcomer. The ninth QIPCO British Champions Day is set to break records again. It’s billed as one of the most prestigious British sporting events. It’s set up as a series with 4.2 million Euros in the pot for the finale for the flat season.

British Champions Day will take place on October 19th at Ascot Racecourse. The gates open at 10:30 am and the races run between 1:35 pm and 5:45 pm.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

OK. So the Breeder’s Cup is on November 1st and 2nd, but it’s still an event to look for during October. The world’s best horses head to the United States. This race marks the culmination of the Triple Crown as the ‘ 4th-leg. The Cup is difficult because it constantly changes locations. Last season, Accelerate won at Churchill Downs taking the $6 million purse.

The Breeders’ Cup will take place on Nov. 1 & 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.