(Gloucestercitynews.net)(July 29, 2019)--Horse racing has progressed throughout the centuries and today hundreds of annual events are held around the world. While many remain popular and play host to thousands of enthusiasts, there are a few races that stand out. These races are renowned for their traditions, the amount of prize money that can be won just like many online casino services, and the vast media coverage they create across the globe.
Here are 9 of the best horse racing events around the world:
1. The Royal Ascot
This historical event started way back in 1711 and one of the highlights is a visit from the British Royal Family. The Royal Ascot is a week-long event that features 16 group races. Held in Ascot, Berkshire, an average of 300,000 spectators travel to participate in this event.
2. Kentucky Derby
Deemed one of the most important sports events in the US, the Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875. The winner who makes first place is guaranteed a whopping average of 1.5 million dollars and the betting stakes add to the hype. This race is also the first leg of the Triple Crown.
3. Belmont Stakes
Taking place in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, this racing event attracts over 20 million viewers in the USA alone. It’s also the third and final leg of the Triple Crown – making it even more of a “must watch” race.
4. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
With 4 million Euros as its prize money, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe certainly does draw a lot of attention. Its home is Longchamp Racecourse, France and it is currently the world’s richest turf race – it’s also the 3rd richest horse race overall.
5. Dubai World Cup
One of the newer “kids on the block”, the Dubai World Cup kicked off in 1996. This event quickly gained traction – mostly because of the exorbitant prize money. The winner gets no less than 10 million dollars with more to spare for the runners up. Held at the Meydan Racecourse, guests of the Meydan Hotel can watch the race from the comfort of their own rooms.
6. The Grand National
Featuring a brutal 4-mile track, The Grand National is a daring race that attracts spectators who don’t usually follow horse racing. Here, brazen jockeys have to attempt jumping over 30 fences while they race towards the finishing line.
7. Nakayama Grand Jump
The Nakayama Grand Jump is Asia’s most important horse event and it is held in Funabashi, Japan. Similar to the Grand National in terms of entertainment, this Steeplechase event offers prize money of around 1.7 million dollars.
8. Melbourne Cup
Regarded as the greatest 3,200-meter horse race in the world, the Melbourne Cup is a week-long event that forms part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Here you will witness fashion at its finest and horse racing at its best. Starting back in 1861, it’s currently held in November each year.
9. Breeders' Cup World Championships
This two-day event is unique in that it is held at a different venue every year – with the prime spots being the United States and Canada. The combined prize purse is over 20 million dollars and attracts hundreds upon thousands of participants, spectators, and bettors.
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