Racing Festivals

The biggest racing festivals draw horses from all over the globe and are extremely popular for betting. Horse racing is a global sport and over the year, there are chances to bet on horses running at festivals across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Festival Betting

There are many benefits of Festival Betting. You will be able to get larger bets on for one, you’ll also likely be offered bonuses and concessions that can really boost your bankroll. Of course you have to be smart when taking advantage of the bookies offers but with our guidance, that won’t be difficult.

Best Racing Festivals

The Best Racing Festivals across the globe are listed below including the Cheltenham Festival.

Europe

  • Cheltenham Festival – Many people reserve a special spot for the Cheltenham Festival which is held in the UK every March. Cheltenham betting results in massive turnover for the bookies and thats both bets on the days of the festival and ante-post bets. The climax of the 4 day festival is on the Friday when the Gold Cup is run.
  • Aintree Grand National Meeting – The 3 day meeting held in April at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse features the most valuable jumps race in the World, The Grand National. The exciting race attracts more bets than any other, people who don’t normally bet horses will go and try their luck at the betting shops.
  • Royal Ascot – Held in July at Ascot racecourse over 5 days. The very best thoroughbred racehorses in the world compete here in highly prestigious races such as the Queen Anne, Diamond Jubilee and Gold Cup. American and Australian trainers will often send horses to Royal Ascot.
  • Punchestown Festival – The 5 day festival takes place in County Kildare, Ireland. It’s the Irish equivilent to Cheltenham, held end April/start May and features several fantastic National Hunt races with valuable prize money on offer.
  • Galway Festival – This marathon 7 day Summer festival sees a combination of flat and jumps racing. Plenty of Guiness is consumed over the week and normally the weather is terrific due to being held at the end of July.

USA

  • Breeder’s Cup – A flat meeting over 2 days which doesn’t have a fixed home. It is held at various racecourses throughout the US and attracts plenty of runners from Europe. The Breeder’s Cup Classic is the highlight and takes place on day 2.

Australia

  • Melbourne Cup Carnival – Managed slightly differently to festivals elsewhere, this is a group of meetings at Flemington racecourse but aren’t run on consecutive days. They are spread Saturday to Saturday and feature 4 days of racing. The biggest race over the carnival is the Melbourne Cup which is run on day 2 and that’s always the first Tuesday in November.

Asia

  • Dubai World Cup Carnival – Held at the end of March at Meydan racecourse. Massive prize money attracts runners from Europe, Asia and sometimes Australia. The Dubai World cup race paid out a record €12,000,000 purse in 2019.

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