Betfair Super Saturday

The Betfair Super Saturday is a highlight of any jump racing fans calendar. So what is all the fuss about? To give you a roundup of the weekend we have made a list of five reasons to make the trip to Newbury this weekend.

1.The top class racing.

This week-ends card is full of massive races with some big names coming to compete including, the star ALTIOR who we will all be cheering on for Nicky! Apart from him we also have old favourite NATIVE RIVER. There is grade 2 and 3 races on the agenda and whatever the result is sure to be a very exciting day on the turf.

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2. The Course

Newbury is one of our favourite tracks, this is for a number of reason. One being the great facilities on the course, they have just re-done part of it too to make it even better! There is plenty of indoor facilities for the fair weather race goer and lots of bars and great food stools. The parade ring is one of the renovated parts of the course and is beautiful and a great spot to try and pick a winner!

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3. The Location

The course is located on the outskirts of London, and therefore is very easy to get to by car but even easier by train with a train station basically on site! It is probably one of the easiest courses to get to and with the station on site everyone can have a drink and enjoy their day!

4. The Hotel

If however you aren’t in or just outside of London, Newbury have a hotel, The Lodge, on site so you can make a little week-end of it. The hotel has a few rooms left for this week-end and is very reasonably priced, especially considering you will walk out of your room onto the course!

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5. It’s Just a great day!

Newbury is a local track for so many of the jumps community, so, so many of them attend. It has a similar feel to Cheltenham for them being a home track, so if you can’t make it to Cheltenham this is a great compromise. All the big names will be there and the atmosphere is amazing especially with ALTIOR running the track will be full of excitement and you are guaranteed a great day, and let’s be honest it’s miserable and cold so brighten up your February!

To book your tickets CLICK HERE, tickets start at just £26.

Tingle Creek Saturday Sandown Review

This past Saturday Sandown Park played host to its most prestigious jumps event, Tingle Creek. This is one of the biggest jumps events before Christmas and after attending already has me excited for Cheltenham Festival. Although the weather was bitterly cold I feel lucky that we managed to avoid any rain, sleet or snow unlike the punters up in Aintree that day. With 7 races on the card I was certain I would have a couple of winners, however, I am a favourite backer and unfortunately for me not one favourite came in that day! Although I didn’t have a winner the day was still great and Sandown is one of my favourite racecourses in the country because of its great viewing areas and ample bar space, it’s also within walking distance of home which is a real touch.  

The first race of the day was a novices Hurdle and saw favourite Just A Sting take on 5 rivals. However it was not his day and second favourite Ainchea, trained by Colin Tizzard, won by a length to Whatswrongwithyou. The third race of the day saw Monbeg Oscar, a 2/1 favourite come in 6th, as you can probably guess this was another race for me to forget. However, it was a competitive race with Holly Bush Henry and Connectable battling it out until the end with Holly Bush Henry winning by a neck.  

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The fourth race of the day was the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase, which would see Finians Oscar take on Brain Power. The two had both been favourites at different points in the day and it seemed as though it was between either of those. However, after some poor jumping from Finians Oscar which left him last he was out of the race before the final 4 furlongs. Brain Power was doing well  throughout the race until the final couple of fences where he slightly slowed his pace, and on the final jump he unseated jockey David Mullins leaving Sceau Royal to run on gamely and win the race by 11 lengths.  

The penultimate race of the day was the Grade 1 The Tingle Creek Chase, which has been won by past greats Kauto Star, Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre. This year would see odds on favourite Fox Norton attempt to place his name amongst those past greats as Douvan had been pulled out of the race just 3 days prior. Going off at 8/13 in a 6 horse field I though Fox Norton was destined to win this, but Politologue had other ideas. In what was a great race Politologue lead over the final jump but saw Fox Norton chase him down on the final flat, however the last dash wasn’t enough as politologue won by half a length. In doing so he is now as short as 7/1 for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.  

Tingle Creek has lived up to its reputation and was a great day for all, especially those who won some bets. Now we look forward to the next big race in the calendar, The King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing day, which will hopefully see the likes of Bristol di Mai, Thistlecrack, Might Bite and last years Gold Cup winner, Sizing John all battle it out.  

Breeders Cup Review

The Breeders' Cup is notorious for showcasing some of the world's greatest horses, where the Europeans take on the Americans in their own backyard. A fixture which usually springs up some surprise winners, and this weekend was no exception.

Del Mar played host to this year's spectacle which featured rides from some of this season's flat standout runners such as Highland Reel, Lady Aurelia, Ribchester, Arrogate and Churchill. However, none of these star performers were to claim victory as some surprise winners were to reap the rewards of the prize money which topped £2,682,926.

Del Mar is a very unique racecourse in its own right. Labelled the racecourse (or racetrack if you’re from across the pond) where the turf meets the surf, this stunning track in San Diego has a capacity of 44,00 spectators and is the second largest racing track in the western United States. An incredible drop which overlooks the ocean is a key feature of the racecourse. If you looked closely enough you could see Frankie Dettori swimming in the sea trying to shed them extra few pounds in between the second and third race. 

Some standout performances came from the 7:37 & 8:14 where 40/1 shot Stormy Liberal and 66/1 shot Bar Of Gold won their respective races. However, perhaps the highlight of the show was the reaction of trainer Peter Miller when Stormy Liberal stole the headlines to clinch first place and £447,154 in prize money, beating Lady Aurelia in the process of doing so.

However, unlike Peter Miller our viewpoint of this annual event wasn’t from the luxury of the Californian sunshine, rather from the glamour of Alberts private members club in South Kensington. The Breeders' Cup coincided with an Albatross Club annual dinner and as such saw Alberts transform into a makeshift racecourse, with its very own bookmaker and temporary TV screens showcasing the event.


Although a private event, Alberts opened its doors to the public after the dinner. This sparked dazzled members to walk into an unexpected scene of a bookmaker and TV screens showing the event. A few drinks later and the whole club seemed to have a bet on for the last race. Not your average Saturday night for most, but one that I’m sure was a nice change for all.

With Racing Breaks you can experience this fantastic spectacle next year as the  Breeders’ Cup switches venues to the world famous Churchill Downs, Kentucky. This racecourse is most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby, and will next year be host to two of the world's most famous races. Certainly one to tick off the bucket list.

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Lingfield Park - What's Life Like Post Craig David?

To conclude a summer of racing for myself, Lingfield Park was my final destination. On one hand there was a feeling of sadness that the summer flat racing is over until its return next summer. On the other, there is so much more to look forward to in terms of jumps in the coming months.

Being a mid-week late September AW meet at Lingfield, I’m sure you can imagine the numbers were dwindling somewhat. However, you need to take the positives out of these situations. Not only was it a pleasantly warm day, being one of the smaller daytime race meets, you get your ‘real’ racing fans attending. This always makes for a cracking awe about these courses.

 well-kept gardens at the racecourse

well-kept gardens at the racecourse

My day started off being introduced to the marketing manager at Lingfield, Tom Rose, who was happy to show me around. I had been to Lingfield a few times previously but wanted to get a deeper, richer feel about the place. Tom showed me the way around the course, which I was very grateful of. He dropped me off in the press box where I set up shop.

 Inside the press box at Lingfield

Inside the press box at Lingfield

The racing kicked off at 2:00. By this point the sun was directly overhead and a good feeling of a successful afternoon of betting could be felt around the course. Oh how wrong could people's feelings be. The winner of the first was Harry Bentley onboard 6/1 shot Dream Mount - and literally not a single cheer in the grandstand came up when he crossed the line. Quite a strange situation to experience truth be told. The same happened in the second. 6/1 shot Connaught Ranger claimed victory. This time, however, you could hear the screech of one lady frantically screaming as she was informed her horse had in fact…. placed.

So, an unfortunate start for most involved at the racecourse. However, as I went and purchased my first ever non-alcoholic drink at a racecourse (I wish I was lying here but I am not), I scanned the race card for some winners. Favourite Alternate Route (13/8) was the standout pick for the 3rd & so I proceeded to place my bet on him. This 2 mile handicap saw the group cluster around the left hand side of the track until 5f out where they pack went for it. Drawing about 8l clear with 2f to go was Alternate Rock. Result! This time around a cheer went up around the grandstand.

 On the grandstand waiting for the 3rd

On the grandstand waiting for the 3rd

The rest of the day went on in similar fashion. Highs and lows for most people. However, at the end of the day everyone leaves on a high when the sun is shining, drinks are flowing and you’re winning money (at least occasionally). My objective when I started this project was to show people that there is more to these smaller race meets than just the racing, and I think I have certainly achieved this. Now, bring on the jumps!

A Day at the Races - Sandown Park Elmbridge Community Raceday

Sandown Park, famous around the world for hosting the notorious Coral-Eclipse and equally famous for being the Queen’s mother’s favourite racecourse, was our place of residence yesterday afternoon for the Elmbridge Community Raceday.

Transport to the racecourse is easily accessible from London. Direct trains from Waterloo go to Esher. From Esher station it is a short walk (around 10 minutes or so) to the racecourse itself. Likewise, for those who decide to drive there is plenty of parking in the course itself.

The day started off the way every race day should do “2 pints of Doom Bar, please”. I was pleasantly surprised that sandown now has an ale bar, propped up in the center of the main hall. As far as I know this is a unique addition to any racecourse I have been to, and a welcome one at that. The bar itself sells a variety of ales, one for everyone's tastes. Prices tend to be consistent with every racecourse.

As my colleague and I nursed our first pints of bitter we proceeded to sit by the parade ring. Pulling out our race card we were determined to pick the winners! Racing Breaks ambassador Jim Crowley was riding in the first on May Girl (6/1). Having done our further research we were confident of it’s potential and proceeded to back it. £5ew returned potential winnings of £35!


This short 5f sprint was over in a flash (quite literally, it was a photo finish). Jim had done it yet again! A few scattered cheers went up as the decision was announced over the PA system. Clearly, not a popular horse to back with the punters. This called for a celebratory glass of champagne.


The next race featured the highly rated Joshua Reynolds. Initially backing this favourite, I decided to change my mind very last minute. Terrible mistake. Instead, I lumped my previous winnings on Duke Of Bronte off the advice of one of my other colleagues via a Whatsapp message. In the end, Joshua Reynolds cruised home for the win with Duke Of Bronte probably still running around the track as I type. Moral of the story? Never listen to your work colleagues.

And this was a sign of things to come. Having tasted initial success in the first, the third, fourth and fifth all followed the theme of the second. Backing the wrong horse. It wasn’t until the sixth when we finally called the next winner (Finale, 11/10). Pun fully intended. Although, the little money we won on this horse was all wasted backing Alemaratalyoum (9/4) in the last.

Despite turning our pockets out only for dust and moths to fly away, we left Sandown in high spirits. Just like the Queen's mother, Sandown is one of my favourite racecourse and one I cannot wait to attend again on the 10th August for an evening at the races with Olly Murs. I just hope next time I can back some more winners.

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Glorious Goodwood - Tuesday 1st August 2017

Yesterday (Tuesday 1st August) marked the first of the 5 day Qatar Goodwood Festival 2017 with some huge outsiders winning and the weather held out providing us racegoers with some great sunshine!

I was lucky enough to attend the meeting and thanks to the generosity of Goodwood racecourse was treated to a Richmond Enclosure badge upon arrival. Walking through the ticket collection point I was greeted by the smell of some delicious food stalls and a variety of music playing from live acts all on my left set along the grass lawns, and to the right was the main Grandstands.


I arrived at the racecourse at around 11:45, leaving myself plenty of time to get some pictures of the racecourse in all its glory before it quickly filled up with racegoers. I should also point out that Goodwood racecourse was probably the best racecourse I have been to in regards to not having to queue at the bars for drinks. Usually, as I’m sure you all know, you can be waiting for around 5 to 10 minutes to get some drinks at the bar. However, Goodwood had many places spread throughout the racecourse where you could purchase drinks meaning I didn’t have to queue at all at any bar!


The first race of the festival offered drama with Dark Red crossing the line first however after a stewards enquiry was later disqualified and awarded second as Fabricate was deemed the winner due to Dark Red running across the field in the final half furlong obstructing the other runners.

The second race saw the only favourite of the day come in with Expert Eye who made the Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) look easy, winning comfortably by 4 and a half lengths and will be one to watch in the future having a pristine record of 2 in 2. This was also the first of the Andrea Atzeni quadruple of the day!


The Qatar Lennox Stakes was the third race of the day and saw favourite Limato line up in the race which many saw him as a good price to win, including myself (opened at 3/1). Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as it was a very close battle in the last furlong with Limato finishing fourth to outsider Breton Rock who won at 50/1 and was the second of Atzeni’s winners.

The 4th race of the day was the feature race, The Goodwood Cup Stakes. This saw Big orange attempt to win the race for a record third consecutive year however he just didn’t have the stamina to remain at the front coming up the final hill and lost to second favourite Stradivarius who won by nearly 2 lengths!


The next race saw the biggest winner I have ever seen at a race meeting, with the final verdict going to a photo finish as 3 horses crossed the line in a tight fought contest. The winner was announced as Thechildren'Strust who went off at 100/1 and I only heard around 5 punters cheer when this was announced just proving how much of an outsider this was.

The final two races of the day continued to go the book makers way with no favourites even managing to get a place in the races. The penultimate was won by 33/1 shot El Astronaute and the final race of the day saw Andrea Atzeni complete his incredible 4th win of the day aboard Shenanigans who went off at 15/2.

It was my first time at Goodwood racecourse but I will certainly be returning there as it is probably the most picturesque racecourse I have visited and it has a great, almost relaxed atmosphere with food and drink available at a vast amount of bars and food trucks, I would also recommend the ice cream stand behind the Gordon enclosure just before the entrance to the Richmond Enclosure.


Tips for Goodwood Today:

  • 1.50 Hawkerland
  • 2.25 Secret Advisor
  • 3:00 Happy Like a Fool
  • 3.35 Ribchester
  • 4.10 Mushahadaat
  • 4.45 White Chocolate
  • 5.50 Sinofietta

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An Evening at the Races - Epsom Downs 3/08/17

It’s hard not to feel a sense of awe coming to Epsom. The history, passion and pure love of racing runs deep through the roots at this racecourse. Famous internationally for hosting the Epsom Derby and the Oaks, yesterday it played host to ‘An Evening at the Races’, followed by a live jazz performance.  

Despite being a windy, cloudy day this was not a sign of things to come (in terms of betting, at least). Punters pockets at Goodwood this week may feel a little light, but Epsom certainly made up for this with 4 out 6 favourites claiming victory.

The day didn’t start of all so well, however. My money was on number 7, The Gay Cavalier (5/2F). A dwindling performance saw this horse not challenging the leaders, finishing 4th. Despite my personal losses, this was all in all, an exciting race. Gold Merlion (5/1) led by 3 lengths 3f out. However, storming on the outside was Miss Inga Sock (11/4) piping Gold Merlion to the post on a photo finish.

A quick trip to the parade ring, and a study of form was my initial interests following this disappointing race. Ya Jammeel (10/11F) was racing in the next. This horse put in a very impressive performance on similar ground at Epsom a few weeks back, convincing me where to place my money. There was no challenge to Ya Jammeel drawing clear of the pack 2f out. Finally, after a poor week at Goodwood I had backed a winner! I’d regained my magic touch.


The following three all followed a similar theme. The favourites claiming convincing victories. Perhaps the standout performance was Jim Crowley upon Coral Sea (7/2JF) in the third. After racing all day at Goodwood, Jim made the trip north to Epsom (About an hour or so drive). Showing no signs of fatigue he rode Coral Sea home beating Nightingale Valley (7/2JF) in the process.


As the racing concluded and the jazz proceeding, the drinks started flowing. This wasn’t helped by the punters heavier wallets. With everyone in high spirits, the inevitable starting happening. A conga of men weaving around the scattered tables. Seems a bit much for a Thursday evening, presuming most of these have work the following morning. Oh well, it’s all in good spirits and this is what the racing is all about, having a good time!


It must be noted, however, I didn’t make much of this ‘jazz’. The performance was good and enjoyable but saxaphone covers of Eliffel 65s ‘I’m Blue’ and White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’, for me doesn’t qualify as jazz. Although, admittedly it did get the crowd going.

As the evening drew to an end, I left Epsom extremely satisfied. The racing lived up to its potential, backing many winners and the evening's entertainment was a good laugh. Unfortunately, I’m not attending Epsom again this summer but having attended the Oaks in early June and again last night I can’t wait to return in the Autumn.

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Sandown Park 10/08/17 - An Evening at the Races With Olly Murs

What a night! An evening races followed up by a live performance from Olly Murs. Not too bad for a Thursday. However, the evening didn’t start off so well. Being my clumsy-self I inevitably forgot the tickets (if you knew me, you really wouldn’t be surprised about this), only realising my mistake as our taxi pulled into the racecourse. Red-faced, and about 10 minutes before the first race, I politely asked the lady behind the ticket desk if they could reissue me the tickets. Thankfully, there was no problem and we were granted access. Phew.

Quickly scattering to the track, about 3 minutes before the race begun, we took up our position on the grass verge. With the sun beaming down, I fancied my chances. Epsom had been very kind to me the previous week with a number of favourites claiming victory. Surely it couldn’t be the same two weeks in a row? 18/1 longshot Victors Bet was where my money was at. In all honesty, the odds reflected the horse's performance. After a slow start, it never really challenged the leaders finishing stone-dead-last. The winner of the race was the 5/2 favourite Canberra Cliffs.


Not too worry, I thought, Epsom had started in similar fashion the previous week and I did well there. Following my own advise (backing the favourites), I proceeded to back Highland Mary (Evs, F) in the second. For me, this race sums up betting experience. Leading over 3f out, Highland Mary soon dropped away and last by halfway, tailed off over 1f out, finishing… Last. The winner of this race was Santorini Sun (9/1). Oddly, a loud roar went up when this horse rode for home. Clearly, a lot of people had been to Santorini on their holidays!

Ah, I thought. By this point I was determined the pick a winner for the next. A quick trip to the parade ring convinced me where I should put my money. The handsome Cassini (11/2) looked the horse to beat for me. How foolish was I. A slow start saw Cassini struggling from the off. Despite this, he was in touch with the last trio finishing third. Perhaps a quicker track and a better start may have seen this horse finishing in a stronger position. Certainly one to keep an eye out for in the future. The winner of this race was the 8/11F Dubhe. Obvious one to back in hindsight.


Now, by this point I was thoroughly depressed. 3/3 losers. Knowing my time for backing a winner was imminent, I went big on Time Chaser (5/4, F), after conducting my research on the Racing Post app (highly recommend downloading this app). A nervy race saw jockey Kieran Shoemark tracking the leaders. Leading with 2f to go, Time Chaser was always holding the rivals. Finally! A winner. Although not condoning chasing your losses by any means, in this particular scenario it worked.

High spirited, the next race was perhaps too hard to call. Not wanting to lose any more money, I decided to not place a bet on this race. And my hunch was right. 12/1 outsider Black Bess jockeyed by apprentice jockey Paddy Bradley. Bradley rode an eye catching race heading the pack 2f out, keeping on strongly winning the race. Again, another one to look out for in the future.

With the sun setting over the Surrey countryside, it was time for the final race. Wealth Tax (6/4) was a strong favourite here. Having placed my bet, the theme of the favourites claiming victory continued. Tracking the leaders, Wealth Tax closed in centre over 2f out, ridden to lead just over 1f out, keeping on to secure victory.


Now it was time for the legend that is Olly Murs. A swarm of people headed towards the stage in order to try attain the best view to see him. The performance was rather enjoyable, knowing all the songs he performed. Perhaps my favourite part of the performance was towards the latter stages where Olly performed classic songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s! This really got the crowd going.

The aim of the project when it was first thought up was to showcase to people that there is more to racing than just going to watch some horses run. If there was ever a race day that prove this stigma untrue yesterday was the day. A day filled with sunshine, laughs and enjoyment was topped off by an outstanding music performance by an international artist. Race days such as these keep the burning love for the sport alive.

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Irish Night at Kempton Park 16/08/17

Yesterday, Wednesday 16th August 2017, was my experience to explore what Kempton Park had to offer. Never having attended Kempton before I wasn’t sure what to expect. Getting there couldn’t have been easier (even in the London rush hour traffic). From exiting the a3, a short trip past Esher, down to Hampton Court & passing along the river Thames, I soon found myself driving into the grounds of the racecourse.

Kempton is very unique in its own right when compared to its two closest London neighbours - Epsom & Sandown. A nice addition which separates it from its two sister courses is the well maintained grass verge, stretched along the finishing line. Multiple benches were laid along the verge which on a day like yesterday, with the sun beaming down, was ideal for nursing your drink, reading the race card in preparation to pick your next winners!

And that’s exactly what I done. It must be noted that in these smaller race meets, the favourites tend to do much better than in the larger ones i.e Royal Ascot, Cheltenham etc… Maybe it’s just my own experience, but it certainly seems to work for me.

For whatever reason I didn’t listen to my own advice on backing the favourites in these smaller meets for the first race. Don’t ask me why, I just had a hunch. And my hunch was right. 8/1 shot Mountain Peak defied odds and claimed victory! Cracking start.

“That was my long shot of the day over and done with, it won’t come in again”, I thought to myself. As such, I proceeded to do what I do best. Backing the favourites.

And it paid off! The favourites came in on the second third and fourth. Quids in!! Now being confident and perhaps slightly over reading the Racing Post tips, I stupidly backed outsiders for the corresponding 3. Oh, what a mistake. As I’m sure you can already tell these tips were about as useful as a waterproof towel.

Drowning my sorrows (or in this case eating), I thought it was only best to treat myself to some food. Kempton has an excellent selection of food stools to choose from. The independent food stools which set up shop outside the parade ring sell some very tempting food. However, I ended up going for the mushroom pizza. Great choice.

 Bit on the crispy side as you can tell

Bit on the crispy side as you can tell

However, racing isn’t all about the betting side of things. Yes that is a massive part of the fun, but it’s also about more than that. A love for the horses... Appreciating the work jockeys have to put in to maintain their weight… Reading up on the trainer.. I could carry on all day.

Some fantastic entertainment in between the races featured a live Irish band performance. Suitability playing in the Guinness bar, at the far end of the main hall, this was great entertainment to pass the time in between the races. As I’m sure you can imagine, the later the evening went on, the number of people getting up dancing grew larger.

However, this was just a sign of this to come. It was time for the main evening's entertainment. Celtic Journey, an Irish folk band, rocked the tunes overlooking the parade ring. A great evening, capped off by a great performance.

Be this my first experience of Kempton and it was certainly a pleasant one at that. A warm evening with bags of entertainment weaved in where can (oh yeah, and the racing was pretty decent as well I suppose). Kempton, I will certainly be back.

Top 8 International Bucket List Races!

Horse racing may be more synonymous with countries such as America, UK and Australia but the sport has historical roots in many more countries! In this blog you’ll be taking an international trip around the world to discover some of the best overseas racecourses.


8) Palio di Siena - Siena, Tuscany

The Palio di Siena (more commonly known as the Palio) is the oldest horse racing spectacle held twice a year - 2nd July & 16th August. With roots dating back to 1663, the Palio divides families from all over Siena. On the week leading up to the Palio, the central square in Siena is converted into a race track and tons of sand is laid down for the horses to run on. Horses representing specific regions in Siena compete with each other in what is simply the craziest race in the world! Tickets don’t come cheap, however, with some fetching up to over €1000.

7) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Chantilly, Paris

Popularly referred to as simply the “Arc”, this French horse race was first introduced to the world in 1920. From there is has grown to be the richest horse race in Europe with the total purse for the race €5,000,000. Usually held annually at Longchamp, this racecourse has roots stemming back to 1857 with the Arc being the highlight of its callender. Some recent notable winners include Golden Horn (2015), Treve (2013, 14) & See the Stars (2009).

6) Velká pardubická - Pardubiche, Czech Republic

The Velká pardubická is the most famous steeplechase run in the Czech Republic. The race was first ran back in 1874 and takes place annually on the second Sunday in October. The race itself is nothing like we have seen here in UK with the length of the race 6.9km, with 31 obstacles. Averagely, this race takes between 9 & 10 minutes with the fastest time 8 minutes and 58.99 seconds by Sixteen in 2008.

5) Kentucky Derby - Kentucky, U.S.A

Churchill Downs plays host to the world renowned Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven furlong turf race course. It has to be 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. The purse currently stand at $2,000,000 making it amongst the richest horse racing purses available to win!

4) Dubai World Cup - Dubai, U.A.E

The one and only Dubai World Cup is one of the most popular events of the racing calendar. Taking place at the architecturally gobsmacking Meydan, there is plenty to feast your eyes on. Referred to as one of the richest races in the world, Dubai has been pipped to the post  by the now richest race ever, the Pegasus World Cup. This spectacle is so much more than horse racing with shows, performances and much more going on around you and all in one place. This year saw the unstoppable, Arrogate win the incredible prize money of $10million. 2018 will be a serious race and one not to miss with hot competition coming through the ranks.

3) Hong Kong International Races - Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong International Races includes one of the highlights of the turf season, with the Hong Kong Cup taking place on 10th December at Sha Tin racecourse. Last year, local trainer Noriyuki Hori won with 5 year old Maurice and Ryan Moore onboard. The racecourse is only a short distance from the centre of Hong Kong, with city acting as a well lit backdrop to the races in the dark of night. The races purse totals HK$83million making it the richest race on the turf. Watch more race fixtures on 5th December at the only other racecourse in Hong Kong, Happy Valley.

2) Melbourne Cup - Melbourne, Victoria

The 2017 running of the Melbourne Cup is fast approaching. The Carnival takes place from Saturday 4th through to Saturday 11th November, with an incredible four days of racing to keep you busy. The feature race of the week is the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup which is considered to be one of the best staying handicap races in the world, making it a really interesting race with tactical rides from each jockey. Flemington racecourse is only a short distance outside of the centre of Melbourne, Victoria and offers plenty to the crowds throughout the week. Other races include the Kennedy Oaks, AAMI Victoria Derby and Emirates Stakes. An opportunity to travel and enjoy some of the best racing in the world.

1) Breeders Cup - California, U.S.A

Not long until the 2017 Breeders’ Cup championship takes place once again. This year the Grade 1 extravaganza will be held at Del Mar racecourse, California where top class owners and trainer will flock from all over the world. Last year Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate beat the odds-on favourite, California Chrome by a nail-biting half a length in front of record crowds. The Championships is also an unofficial end to the american racing season, often with the Breeders’ Cup Classic aiding the decision of Horse of the Year. The current prize money compiles to $28million over the course of two days racing, making it an extremely competitive spectacle.

Baden Baden

Baden Baden is not only famous for its top class horse racing, but also for being one of Europe’s best spa destinations. It is also a quaint hangout for celebrities, and wellness addicts that head to this elegant town in the Black Forest region of Germany, an easy 80-minute train journey from Frankfurt, to relax.

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Betfair Super Saturday Review

Last Saturday (11TH Feb) Newbury Racecourse hosted the Betfair Super Saturday along with a variety of racehorse stars including the likes of Native River, Altior, Bristol De Mai and many more. The race card included the highly anticipated Betfair Hurdle, along with the Denman Chase which would offer an insight into two of the top five favourite Gold Cup runners – Native River and Bristol De Mai. Five of the seven races on the card were won by the betting favourites, Bristol De Mai went off favourite in the Denman Chase but failed to reward punters.

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