Looking at the Biggest Horse Races Ahead for The Rest Of 2019
It may be half way through the year, but in the world of horse racing, there is still plenty of fun to be had. There are numerous big races taking place around the world for the remainder of 2019 to keep a lookout for. If you’re attending any of these events you can get free racing tips from the Winners Enclosure.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – 27th July
Taking place at Ascot, this is Britain’s most prestigious open-age flat race. The King George is run over one mile and four furlongs and is an iconic race that has seen some of the sport’s biggest stars compete over the years.
St Leger – 14th September
The St Leger race is the oldest of Britain’s five classic races and dates back to 1776. Held in Doncaster, it’s run over one mile and six furlongs, and is for three-year old thoroughbred colts and fillies.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – 6th October
Held in Longchamp in Paris, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphs a mile and a half-long race for three-year-old horses and above and has a huge purse of $5.6 million. This race truly tests the stamina of the horses and has been held at stunning Longchamp for more than 150 years. Frankie Dettori currently holds the record for the most races won here.
The Everest – 12th October
Sydney’s Everest race is the richest turf race in the world, with a prize of $14 million that is set to increase to $15 million next year. The Everest is run over six furlongs and Redzel has won back to back titles since its inauguration back in 2017.
Breeders’ Cup – 1st-2nd November
The Breeders’ Cup is one of the best-known races around the world and is held at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, with a prize fund of $4 million. This is a race for the very best thoroughbreds and pits in the US and sets the wheat from the chaff. The highlight of this event is the Breeders’ Cup Classic which is unofficially the fourth leg of the Triple Crown. This race is often a big deciding factor on which horse is named Horse of the Year.
Melbourne Cup – 5th November
Australia’s most renowned race takes place in Flemington and is the country’s richest race. It’s known as the ‘race that stops a nation’ and is a true highlight of the sporting and social season.
Japan Cup – 24th November
The Japan Cup is Japan’s richest race and is held at Tokyo Racecourse for the world’s best three-year-old horses. This event has produced some spectacular home-grown talent and every winner and owner since 2008 has come from Japan, with the reigning champion being Almond Eye.
Hong Kong International Races – 8th December
This event is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and has a $12 million prize fund that amps up the excitement for all involved. It’s held at Sha Tin in Hong Kong and is a combination of four Group 1 races, set to a backdrop of the bustling Hong Kong skyline.