Whether you’re entirely new to horse racing or you’re a seasoned spectator, the horse racing calendar brings with it some spectacular races and events. Horse racing is an exciting and carefree sport that offers a great day out – these are the top horse racing events in the UK that you can find on Timeform.
Aintree Grand National
Each year, some 600 million people tune in from around the globe to watch the Grand National at Aintree. This iconic steeplechase has been run in the same location since 1839 and is one of the highlights of the sport. There’s not just horse racing to enjoy here either – visitors can make the most of all-inclusive restaurants, music and hospitality that makes it a really great day out.
The Royal Ascot
The Royal Ascot is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world and it attracts celebrities and wealthy visitors in their droves, as well as royalty. Each year, the Queen attends and she’s never missed a year during her reign which is an indicator of this event’s popularity. Ascot brings in huge crowds who come to witness the races and sample the luxurious catering as well as catch a glimpse of the superb outfits that attendees don for the event.
At the Epsom Derby, visitors get to sample one of the greatest summer celebrations that Britain has to offer. From the prizes awarded for the best-dressed attendee to the many bars and unlimited music, it’s a brilliant experience. There’s a dedicated Ladies Day as well as the commencement of Derby Day on the following day, and the Investec Derby Stakes which is the final event of the day.
More than 260,000 people make their way to Cheltenham Festival each year to watch jockeys and horses battle it out for the prize and glory of winning this incredible event. Cheltenham, also known purely as ‘The Festival’, is the highlight of the jump season and has an amazing atmosphere that’s unlike any other horse racing event. In addition to the races, which are reason enough to attend, there’s also a dedicated Hall of Fame, a Trophy Room to explore and even a Guinness Village where there is entertainment long after the races have taken place.
Scottish Grand National
The highlight of Scotland’s jump season is the Scottish Grand National which includes eight races in total, finishing off with the Coral Scottish Grand National that’s run over four miles and 27 fences. This event is incredibly popular and sells out fast, but it’s a great event for families and younger racegoers.
Held in picturesque Chichester in West Sussex, Goodwood Festival is a magnificent event that is steeped in tradition and prestige. The horse racing here is of the highest quality and the event takes place over the course of five days, providing plenty of entertainment and races to enjoy. It’s a rival for Ascot in terms of the calibre of the crowd and the stunning Sussex countryside backdrop.
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