As horse racing fans look ahead to 2023, there are plenty of exciting events to mark on the calendar. The upcoming year promises thrilling races and unforgettable moments, from prestigious UK racing festivals to global events attracting the world’s top thoroughbreds.
Here are some of the biggest UK and global horse racing events to look out for in 2023.
The Grand National is one of the most famous horse races in the world, attracting millions of viewers from around the globe each year. The race takes place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool and is a gruelling test of stamina and jumping ability for both horse and rider. The 2023 Grand National will be held on 15th April and will be a thrilling spectacle, as always.
As well as being a high-profile social event, Royal Ascot is one of the UK’s most important horse racing festivals. The five-day event, which takes place from 20th to 24th June 2023, features some of the finest flat racing in the world, including the famous Gold Cup. The meeting also has a unique sense of occasion, with attendees traditionally dressing in their finest clothes and headwear.
The Epsom Derby is the UK’s premier flat racing event and is often called the “Blue Riband” of the turf. The race has a long and illustrious history, dating back to 1780, and is the centrepiece of the two-day Epsom Derby Festival. The 2023 race is scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of June and will surely attract some of the best three-year-old horses worldwide.
One of the highlights of the UK racing schedule, the Cheltenham Festival is a four-day event featuring some of the best jump racing in the world. With over 250,000 attendees each year, the festival is a significant social occasion and a showcase for the sport’s top horses and jockeys.
With the festival around the corner, betting fans are also excited, and they only want to know when does the Cheltenham festival start. The festival takes place from 14th to 17th March in 2023 and includes prestigious races such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the Stayers’ Hurdle.
The Breeders’ Cup is one of the most prestigious events in global horse racing, attracting the best thoroughbreds from around the world to compete for millions of dollars in prize money. The event features a range of races over two days, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is widely considered one of the world’s most critical races. In 2023, the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park on the 3rd and 4th of November.
Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup is probably the richest horse race in the world, with a total prize fund of $12 million. The race attracts top horses and jockeys worldwide and is held at the stunning Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The 2023 race is scheduled for 25th March and will surely be a global racing calendar highlight.
The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most iconic sporting events and is known as “the race that stops a nation”. The race occurs at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and is a two-mile handicap event that attracts the best stayers worldwide. In 2023, the Melbourne Cup will be held on 7th November at Flemington racecourse and will surely be a highlight of the excitement and passion of the Australian racing community.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is Europe’s most prestigious flat race and attracts the best horses from around the continent and beyond. The race is held at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris and is an actual test of stamina and class over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs. As always, the 2023 race is scheduled for 2nd October and will be thrilling.
The Japan Cup is one of Asia’s most important horse racing events, held at the Tokyo Racecourse each November. The race attracts some of the best horses worldwide and has a total prize fund of over $6 million. The 2023 Japan Cup is scheduled for 26th November and will surely be a global racing calendar highlight.
Overall, 2023 promises to be an exciting year for horse racing fans worldwide. Whether you’re a jump racing or flat racing fan, there are many events to look forward to, from prestigious UK festivals to high-profile global races. So, mark the dates and prepare for a year of unforgettable moments and thrilling races.