Horse Racing in 2019: What You Need to Know


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The racing calendar is filled with excellence, glamour and adrenalin-inducing events, but there’s plenty more to look forward to in 2019 for horse racing fans. These are the races you can still look forward to around the globe this year. Timeform offers a range of games to bet on for you to choose from.

The Everest – 12th October

Held in Sydney, Australia, The Everest is run over six furlongs and brings in the very best sprinters for the richest turf race in the world. The purse for this race is set to rise to $14 million this year and is guaranteed to be an exciting race. This year, the event is set to reach new heights with the addition of the second richest race in Australia – The Golden Eagle which has an inaugural $7.5 million at stake.

British Champions Day – 19th October

British Champions Day takes place at Ascot in the UK and forms the conclusion of the flat racing season in Britain. It has the richest purse on the calendar, with more than £5 million in prize money across the six races.

Breeders’ Cup – 1st-2nd November

A celebration of the cream of the crop, the Breeders’ Cup is held in Churchill Downs, Kentucky, and pits the very best thoroughbreds against one another for a thrilling event. The key race in this event is the Breeders’ Cup Classic which is unofficially deemed the fourth leg of the Triple Crown and often determines the Horse of the Year, so it’s a great one to watch for fans. There is also the Breeders’ Cup Turf to look forward to, which is an attraction for turf horses and carries a purse of $4 million.

Melbourne Cup – 5th November

The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s richest races and is held in Flemington. It’s known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, proving its popularity throughout the country. The Melbourne Cup is a highlight of the sporting and social calendar and dates back to 1861. For horse racing fans, it’s a definite event to catch and always promises to be an exciting event.

Japan Cup – 24th November

Tokyo’s Japan Cup is the country’s richest race and takes place at Tokyo Racecourse. Only the world’s finest three-year-olds and above can take part in this race, providing a brilliant spectacle for fans. What’s more, it’s a great way to witness the best of Japan’s home-grown talent, which has long thrived at the event with every winning trainer and owner hailing from Japan since 2008.

Hong Kong International Races – 8th December

The Hong Kong International Races is held in Sha Tin in Hong Kong and is a true highlight of the entire racing calendar. It’s been a favourite with fans for decades and with $12 million available to win. The event comprises four Group 1 turf races at the Sha Tin Racecourse, surrounded by the towering structures of the city, creating a world-class experience that is completely unique. The prize money is split among the winners of the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the pièce de résistance – the Hong Kong Cup.


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