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Horse Racing Events

Each year major horse racing events take place around the world. In this article we tell you when they are on and which are the big races to look out for, iconic events such as the Cheltenham Festival, Aintree Grand National, Galway Races, Melbourne Cup plus many more. All leading betting sites will bet on these races.

Major Horse Racing Events in Ireland

Ireland is a country steeped in horse racing tradition and every year a number of major horse racing events take place throughout the country. Some of these horse race meetings last for as long as seven days. Below is a list of the biggest and best:

Horse Racing EventVenueTime of year
Dublin Racing FestivalLeopardstownEarly February
Irish Grand National FestivalFairyhouseEaster Weekend
Punchestown FestivalPunchestownEnd of April
Derby FestivalCurraghLate June
Galway RacesGalwayEnd of July
Irish Champions WeekendLeopardstown & CurraghMid-September
Listowel Harvest FestivalListowelMid-September
Christmas FestivalLeopardstown & LimerickEnd of December

Major Horse Racing Events in the UK

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports and in the UK there is a great heritage of horse racing events, some dating back over 200 years. Below is a list of the most iconic horse races taking place in the UK horse racing calendar:

Horse Racing EventVenueDate
Cheltenham FestivalCheltenhamMid-March
Grand National FestivalAintreeEarly April
Derby FestivalEpsomEarly June
Royal AscotAscotMid-June
Glorious GoodwoodGoodwoodEnd of July
Yorkshire Ebor FestivalYorkMid-August
British Champions DayAscotMid-October

Major Horse Racing Events around the World

Horse racing is a global sport and there are horse racing events to bet on in most countries. Listed below are some the biggest races held around the world each year:

Horse Racing EventVenueDate
Dubai Racing CarnivalMeydan, UAEEnd-January to End of March
Kentucky DerbyChurchill Downs, USAEnd of April
Prix de l’Arc de TriompheParisLonchamp, FranceEarly October
Breeders’ CupVarious tracks, USAEnd of October
Melbourne Cup CarnivalFlemington, AustraliaEarly November
Japan CupTokyo, JapanEnd November
Hong Kong InternationalSha Tin, Hong KongMid-December

Other Horse Racing Events

Horse races take place all year around in Ireland and the UK with race meetings scheduled for every day of the year except Christmas day. There are 26 racecourses in Ireland and 60 racecourses in Britain and on average four race meetings take place each day of the week with seven races per meeting.

The feature races of the week normally take place on Sundays in Ireland and on Saturdays in the UK.

Fixtures in Ireland and UK in next few days

DateMeetingFirst Race
Wednesday8th December Dundalk1.45
Thursday 9th December Chelmsford City4.00
Friday 10th December Bangor-on-Dee12.20

There are horse racing events to bet on in many countries worldwide and most betting sites will have daily odds for race meetings taking place in France, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai as well as Ireland and the UK.

Other countries where thoroughbred horse racing betting events take place are Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Chile and Canada.

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