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The sport of horse racing around the world has countless events in the annual calendar, but if you are going to get your hats on and spectate the races, you need to make sure you are choosing the best, so here is a list of which horse races are the most popular and those that would be a shame to miss. From the excitement of each race to the thrill of the free bets at the bookies, these races are ones to mark in the calendar.
On the first Saturday of May each year, the Churchills Downs racetrack is swarmed by eager racegoers. The Kentucky Derby, although not the most valuable race with a purse of $3,000,000, it is often known as the most famous as it is the first leg of the American Triple Crown. Not only are the races popular, but the events betting scenes is one of the most attractive things for the fans with it generating an estimate of $133,000,000.
The Grand National
When it comes to horse racing, many people will think of the Grand National and for good reason. The race is one of the most recognised races in the world and the wealthiest in Europe with a purse of £1,000,000 as of 2019.
First, run in 1839, the race is held in Aintree, Liverpool every year and stretches over 4 miles and 514 yards as well as 30 genes to clear across the two laps. A thoroughbred handicap steeplechase is a prominent event in British culture and has an average viewership of 600 million people around the world.
Yet another prestigious British Horse race, Royal Ascot is beloved all around the world due to the classic racing experience that it provides spectators, from the beauty of the racing to the classy dress code.
The event os host tow 13 of Britain 36 Group 1 horse races in which attracts not only celebrities but also a member of the royal family have been closely linked to the event since it was opened by Queen Ann herself back in 1711. Queen Elizabeth has even been known to enter her own personal horses into the event as well as others spectating and showing their support.
The Dubai World Cup
On the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup takes place at Maydan racecourse and is not only a spectacular displace of horse racing talent but to is known as the richest horse race in the world, with an unmatched purse of $12,000,000 million.
First held in 1996, the race is a fairly new addition to the world of races, compared to others that have been going for hundreds of years, but it has made its mark with horses and jockeys from all over the world competing in the event to run on the breathtaking course and have a chance at going home with the enormous prize.