Thousands of punters and horse racing fans will be able to descend on the picturesque town of Cheltenham again this March, as it stages one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world.
The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day long celebration of the best National Hunt runners and riders on the planet, which attracts crowds of more than 200,000 spectators across the week. There is a large Irish contingent who travel over to watch this incredible spectacle and add to the atmosphere of the event.
The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday 14 March, with 28 exhilarating races to enjoy across the four days. The biggest contest is run on Friday, the final day, and is the illustrious Gold Cup.
The Epsom Derby could have been known as the Epsom Banbury had a coin not landed the side it did, as great friends the 12th Earl of Lord Derby and Charles Banbury back in 1779 decided the name of the race on the toss of a coin and during the last 243 years some of the equine greats have won the Epsom Derby (and other races at the Epsom Derby Festival) cementing themselves into legendary status in the process.
The Epsom Derby 2023 is run over 1 mile 4 furlongs on the Epsom Downs and is the true test of a young racehorse, with its switchback racetrack and its relatively long distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs where inexperienced horses face a steep uphill climb followed by a demanding turning descent.
Billed as the ‘greatest show on turf’, The Derby is the race that every jockey, trainer, and owner wants to win. It has spawned many imitation Derby’s, but the Epsom Derby is the original and the best!
Royal Ascot is admired across the globe as one of the most spectacular racing events on the planet. This year, the action gets underway on Tuesday 20 June and continues for five unforgettable days, finishing on Saturday 24 June, with each day having at least one Group 1 feature race.
Day one sees the running of the St James Palace Stakes, with day two’s highlight being the Prince of Wales Stakes. On day three we get to enjoy the Gold Cup, which is the followed by the Coronation Stakes on day four, and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on day five.
From the arrival of the Royal Procession every day as the clock strikes 2pm, this truly unique occasion attracts the best horses, trainers, owners, and jockeys from the world of flat racing, for five days of exhilarating flat racing.
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