It’s already been an exciting year in the sport of horse racing. It may be mid-August but there are still some major and very lucrative races to be held this year, especially on the uk racing cards. Whether it be England, France or the USA, an exciting few months lie ahead for horse racing fans. Let’s look at the big horse racing events we have to look forward too.
The St Leger
This is the last of the five classics that are held each year in England. The St Leger takes place at Doncaster on Saturday September 14. It’s a race that is full of history having first taken place in 1776 and is run over a mile and six furlongs.
Not since 1841 has someone trained the winner of the St Leger for the third year in a row. That feat recorded by John Scott could be equalled by Aiden O’Brien this year. The Irish trainer could well get the winner again as he trains the current favourite Japan, who has won twice since finishing third in the Epsom Derby.
The fascinating element of this race is its distance. Japan may be favourite but has never raced as far as 14 furlongs, so will he stay is the big question. The same will apply to Derby winner Anthony van Dyck, who may attempt to win a second classic of the year.
Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
Sunday October 6 will see all the attention of horse racing fans turned towards Longchamp in France. That’s when this historic race, first run in 1920, takes place and it’s the richest race in the world held on turf with prize money of over €5m.
The race is held over a mile and a half and history could be made this year. Enable is bidding to become the first horse to ever win this race three times. The John Gosden filly has won this race for the past two years. A win this year would also see owner Khali Abdullah win the race for a record seventh time.
Enable is now aged five and no horse that age has won this race since 2002. The filly remains in top form though having won two Group 1 races in England this year. Her wins in the Coral Eclipse and the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes made it 11 wins in a row.
She will again face a battle with Crystal Ocean who only lost to Enable by a neck in the King George in July and has won three group races this season.
The Breeders’ Cup
Horses from all over the world will be making their way to America in November. The lucrative Breeders’ Cup races will be held at the Santa Anita racetrack on November 1 and 2. This is the ninth time that the track has held the Breeders’ Cup meeting, that’s a record amount.
The two-day meeting consists of some of the richest races in the sport. Since being introduced in 1984, this ‘World Championship’ has become one of the most important held in horse racing. This year there is $28m in prize money up for grabs.
The leading races are the Breeder’s Cup Classic which has prize money of $6m. There’s an open market for this year’s race. Current favourite is McKinzie at 5/1 who recently won the Whitney Stakes.
Every race has at least $1m prize money so you can see why horses come from around the globe to participate in the Breeders’ Cup.