Whether you're a race fan or simply a fan of horse racing, there are plenty of international horse races that you can enjoy this year. Some of the most popular races include the Breeders Cup, the Dubai World Cup and the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Taking place every year, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is one of the world's most famous and prestigious horse races. Held at Paris's Longchamp racecourse, the G1 race is the final flat stage of the EPIQE series. The Prix de l'Arc de l'Triomphe is a 2,400-metre race on turf, with a prize fund of EUR5 million.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc has become one of the most watched sports events in the world. It attracts more than 45,000 spectators. The event is watched live by millions of television viewers in over 60 countries. In addition to the prize money, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc also attracts some of the best galloping horses in the world.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc was awarded the 2017 Longines World's Best Horse Race title. It was the fifth time that the event had won the coveted award. The race has also won the title in 2008 and in 2012.
The weekend's other major events include the Arabian World Cup, which offers EUR1 million in prize money. There are seven Group 1 races, including the Prix de l'Opera Longines, the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere, and the Grand Prix des Princes.
Taking place on November 4-5, the Breeders Cup is the year's largest horse racing event, drawing thoroughbreds from all over the world. The main event is the Breeders Cup Classic, a two-day betting bonanza with 14 races on the program.
The Breeders Cup has long been the centerpiece of Thoroughbred racing, as well as a symbol of prestige for the sport's trainers and owners. In fact, there have been twelve Breeders' Cup races held between 1984 and 2019. In recent years, the event has spawned the Breeders' Cup Classic, the most prestigious race in the series, as well as several other races.
The Breeders' Cup has been held at racetracks such as Aqueduct in New York, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. It has also been hosted by Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., as well as at Woodbine in Toronto.
The Breeders' Cup is a great way to boost your horse's value at breeding time. Not only do you get paid for winning races, but you also get an entry fee into the Challenge Series. This includes races held in 11 countries around the globe.
During the First World War, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was run to help the French soldiers. In 1920, the race was renamed to the Arc de Triomphe.
The Prix de l'Arc deTriomphe is held each year in early October. This is the most famous flat race in Europe. Traditionally, the race is held at Longchamp.
Located in the Bois de Boulogne near the Eiffel Tower, Longchamp has a number of features that make it special. Among the highlights are a large hill, woods, and a pond.
The racecourse opened in 1857. Prince Jerome Bonaparte, Prince Murat, and Emperor Napoleon III attended the first race.
Over the years, the course has attracted artists and sportsmen alike. Edgar Degas painted the track in 1893 and Edouard Manet created an illustration of the racecourse in 1867.
The track is made up of 46 different starting posts. It spans 57 hectares and is noted for its interlaced tracks. It is also the site of the renowned "hill" which has been featured in numerous movies.
Longchamp Racecourse has sixteen Group 1 races each year. These races include the Grand Prix de Paris and the Prix de l'Arc des Triomphe. The entry fee to attend the races is four euros. For the Prix de l'Arc, the fee is doubled.
Unlike Australian racing, Hong Kong races operate under a ratings handicapping system. The higher a horse's rating, the better it will compete in Group 1 or Group 2 races. A top weight of 133 lbs is awarded to horses that receive a 95 or higher rating.
The Asian Pattern Committee is a group of countries that collaborate in co-ordinating high quality races. Its methodologies are based on the methodologies of its member nations. The group's aims include helping to bring the world's best racing horses to Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Derby, which is a popular annual race, is run over 1800 metres. The Derby is usually run on mid-March. It is the final race in the Hong Kong Four-Year-Old Classic Series. The Derby's purse is HK$18 million.
The most recent Hong Kong Derby was won by Chad Schofield. The event was held at Sha Tin Racecourse.
There are five class levels in Hong Kong racing. The highest rated class is Class 1. The lowest rated class is Class 5. A horse must be rated at least 95 to compete in a Hong Kong Pattern race.
The Hong Kong Derby has been held over a variety of racing distances over the years. From 1960 to 1972 the distance was "From The Two Mile Post Once Round & In" (1 mile 171 yards).
There are several patterns races in Hong Kong, including the Griffin. A horse that has not competed in Hong Kong before can compete in a Griffin.
Known as the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup is one of the most important international horse racing events. It was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Ruler of the UAE, and held on the last Saturday of March every year at the Meydan Racecourse.
The event includes nine group races, eight of which are Thoroughbred contests. The race is run over a distance of ten furlongs (about one and a half miles) on a dirt course.
The race has a prize purse of $12 million. This is not the only race in the world that offers such a purse. The winner of the Pegasus World Cup was the richest horse race in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
There is also the Godolphin Mile, which is a $1 million Group 2 race. The Emirates Racing Authority provides form guides with past performances.
Another important event is the "Dubai World Cup Night" which takes place the night before the big race. It is a celebration of the race and the royal lineage of the UAE. It features a dazzling light show, followed by an after-race concert.
The "World Cup" is actually a combination of nine races, including three Purebred Arabian contests, three Thoroughbred contests, and a 2,000-meter Grand Prix.
Among the most prestigious races on the international horse racing circuit is the Nakayama Grand Jump. This annual steeplechase race in Japan attracts thousands of spectators, including many Japanese horse racing enthusiasts. It's one of two Grade I steeplechase races on Japanese turf.
It's held each year in mid-April. The prize is $2 million. The race is open to horses aged four years and older. Unlike the Grand National steeplechase, it's a shorter course. It's also run on a dirt track, as opposed to the traditional turf course.
The race is held at the Nakayama Racecourse in Funabashi. It features a course with several challenging obstacles. The racecourse is nearly a century old and can accommodate both flat and steeplechase races. It can seat over 165,000 spectators and is comparable to the Tokyo Racecourse.
It's one of the largest sporting events in Japan. There are eight races on the calendar. It's always held the day before Satsuki Sho, which is the first leg of Japan's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.
Oju Chosan is a veteran darling of Japan's jump racing scene. He is a three-time defending champion and has won five consecutive Grand Jumps. He beat Blason D'Amour in the last upside. His time was 4:43, breaking the record set by Gokai in 2000.
Despite his remarkable track record, many will have mixed feelings about Baaeed. He has clocked up 10 straight victories and been crowned as the best racehorse to run on British racecourses since Frankel.
He will be taking his final racecourse appearance on Saturday, when he runs in the QIPCO British Champions Series' Champion Stakes at Ascot. He was also due to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month, but William Haggas has made it clear that he will be bowing out of the race.
The 10-furlong Champion Stakes is a mile and a half-long version of the Arc de Triomphe, and is likely to be the end of a brilliant career. It is a race that was a target for the horse, who was to have his last race before retiring.
Baaeed had been a warm favourite to win the Champion Stakes, but had to settle for fourth. In his previous races, he has been able to win at odds of around six to one. He has a strong engine and a steady tempo that lets him go past other runners in a matter of seconds.
He has been a consistent winner, having won six of his eight starts in 2021. His biggest winning margin was 6.5 lengths at York in August. He was also undefeated in six of his seven races last year. Those figures suggest that Baaeed may be ready for a sterner test than the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.