With an abundance of racecourses all over the globe, it is almost impossible to visit them all. With that in mind here is our list to the top 10 racecourses to visit in your lifetime.
Broome, Western Australia
Making the list mainly due to its stunning scenery and incredible atmosphere. The Broome Turf Club is just a stone's throw from world famous Cable Beach. This idyllic location perched on the Broome peninsula is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and benefits from the constant cool breezes which are a welcome relief in the hot and humid climate. Combining that with post race parties extend well into the evening with guests reluctant to go home. The uniquely Australian game of two-up is enjoyed by all who give it a go, and for those who wish to dance the night away, there is an abundance of great live entertainment.
Churchill Downs, Kentucky
Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven furlong turf race course. It is said that the Kentucky Derby is amongst the major sporting events America has to offer, with a constant incredible atmosphere from morning to night for at least two days.
Santa Anita Park, California
With an incredible view of the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop to the racecourse itself this historic racecourse couldn't be left out. Playing host to some of the greatest racehorses over the years, which includes the likes of Seabiscuit, Santa Anita Park truly is an incredible racecourse.
Located 31 miles north of Paris, Chantilly is in the heartland of the French horse training area next to Chantilly forest. In 2016, this racecourse played host to the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. For James Bond fans out there, Chantilly was used as the venue for the racecourse scene A View to a Kill. Not only is this a spectacular racecourse, being located so close to paris, Chantilly is on our bucket list!
Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, rich history and a truly incredible day out. With a new £185m redevelopment this racecourse plays host to one of the most famous horse race meetings in the world in Royal Ascot which takes part over 5 days, very few can question its place on this list.
Home to the longest single structure in the world, Meydan grandstand is over a mile in length, and can accommodate over 60,000 spectators. Having opened as recently as 2010, Meydan is an incredible place to visit and playing host to great racing fixtures, one of which is the Dubai World Cup, it’s a must on any racegoers list.
Flemington is synonymous with Australia’s premier horse race, the Melbourne Cup, run on the first Tuesday in November since 1861. As well as the horses and the fashions of the Spring Racing Carnival, it's worth heading out to Flemington any time of the year to admire the landscaped gardens, including the largest public rose garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
Belmont Park, New York
Home to the world famous Belmont Stakes, for over a century Belmont Park has been graced by true legends of the sport, from Man o’ War to Curlin, Beldame to Rachel Alexandra, and Seabiscuit to Cigar. Located in Elmont, New York there's plenty to do around the racing itself, another reason why this makes our bucket list.
Saratoga, New York
Named one of the world’s greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated, the past comes alive in the historic grandstand every summer as fans experience not only the best in racing, but the unmatched ambience and charm of historic Saratoga Springs.
Home to the world famous Grand National, Aintree is arguably home to British racing. Located in the north of Liverpool, not only is this racecourse rich with history the city is too. Liverpool’s an excellent laugh and will leave a lasting impression on you once you leave.