In sports, horse racing is one of the oldest games, tracing its origin to ancient Greece and Rome. However, the game has evolved significantly over the years, with some horse racing events being more prestigious than others. Here are events that will get horse racing betting fans pretty excited about the sport as the year ends.
The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival
With only a few days to go, the biggest and most prestigious race on the Newbury Racecourse will kick off on Friday, 29th November. The competition, which was formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, has around £350,000 up for grabs, and it has previously attracted big names in the world. That includes comedian Jennifer Saunders, Oscar-nominated actors Stanley Tucci and Carey Mulligan, musician Tinie Tempah and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne.
In 2017, the Winter Carnival trophy was presented by the Duchess of Cornwall. This weekend racing also features other exciting activities like fashion, with the best-dressed spectator winning a £250 voucher courtesy of Parkway Shopping. On Saturday, the event opens with the best-dressed group of family and friends getting the chance to enjoy a fully-catered box during one of the Thursday evening races at Newbury in 2020.
The winners on Friday and Saturday will get an extra £250 from Ladbrokes for use on the day’s primary race and a champagne magnum from Laurent Perrier. The carnival will then conclude with a historical race in the country – the Ladbrokes Trophy, a race won by many greats like Many Clouds, Denman, and Native River.
Coral Welsh Grand National
While the Coral Welsh Grand national marks the end of the year, it remains the biggest race in Wales. The event starts on 27th December, right after Christmas and boxing day, with lots of entertainment for the entire family.
This year, horse racing fans are looking forward to welcoming back International opera superstars like Rebecca Evans and Sir Bryn Terfel. The two will sing the National Anthem before the big race starts. The tickets for the races are already available for sale, but you can expect on day prices to go up by about £5.
While on the racecourse, the dressing code for the event will be smart casual for the Premier Enclosure and hospitality areas. However, trainers, sportswear, and fancily dressed aren’t permitted, though there isn’t any dressing code for the Grandstand. Those wearing fancy dresses will still have the chance to watch the race, as long as the dress is decent and doesn’t offend other guests. As such, it can be an excellent opportunity to pick up a few tips and showcase your sense of style.