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Popular Horseraces of UK
Everyone in the European or UK betting circles is aware of the Grand National horse race and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. However, we’re going to move away from those two and tell you about a nice selection of some other highly popular National Hunt and flat horse races in the UK calendar.
Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot in mid-January – A part of the Grade 1 National Hunt calendar, this one’s considered one of the major highlights during the weeks preceding the Cheltenham festival. It’s normally used by the owners and trainers for testing their best 2-mile chasers prior to the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March – After a somewhat lull February, as the runners are honed for Cheltenham, the first day of the Cheltenham Festival features Champion Hurdle as the main race. It’s easily the most prestigious among all the hurdling races in the UK. Horses need to skip over 8 hurdles spread across a 2 mile distance.
Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March – The main race of the Cheltenham Festival’s second day, this one’s a Grade 1 2-mile premier chase that was given its title in the year 1980 in commemoration of the 80th birthday of the British Queen.
World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March – Every day of the Cheltenham Festival features a world-class horserace, and this is one of them. It happens on the day 3 of the festival and features 12 hurdles placed over a 3-mile distance.
Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March – The topmost race of the Cheltenham Festival, Gold Cup is easily the most prestigious and most rewarding of all jump races held in the UK.
Grand National at Aintree in April – This is one of those horse races that prompts even the gambling-averse folks to indulge in some each-way punts! Run over a 4 mile and 4 furlongs distance, it has 30 fences that horses need to jump over. Many even lose their lives. Regardless, the race has been happening at Aintree since 1839.
2000 Guineas stakes at Newmarket in late April or early May – First among the five classic horse races of the flat racing season, this one also constitutes the first leg of the Triple Crown. It started in the year 1809 and continues to attract many greats.
1000 Guineas stakes at Newmarket in late April or early May – Unlike 2000 Guineas which is open to both 3-year fillies and colts, this one’s meant only for fillies. Second of the five classics, it has the same importance and thrill as the 2000 Guineas.
Epsom Oaks at Epsom Downs in early June – Third one of the five classic horse races, this one’s also meant for 3-year-old fillies only. Dating back to 1779, this race has some serious prestige and history associated with it.
Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs on first Saturday of June – Called just The Derby, this one’s easily the most popular of all five classics and the richest horse race of Great Britain. It features a total purse of £ 1,325,000 and upwards and is open to both 3-year-old fillies and colts.
St Leger Stakes at Doncaster in September – Oldest of the five classic horse races, this one was inaugurated way back in 1776.