Major Horse Races & Events In The United Kingdom & Ireland

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Horse racing has always been a bettor’s paradise. The thoroughbred scene in the United Kingdom and Ireland showcases some of the best races in the world. With a season that spans from March to December, there is no shortage of action throughout the year. With some races dating back hundreds of years, it comes as no surprise that these sporting events are near and dear to their countries’ hearts. Many of the races are seen as focal points in both the social and sporting calendars in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s no wonder people are flocking to the gates or their computers to place their bets, you can get better at your placing bets by looking for racing tips at sites like Horse-Betting.Pro. Every horse racing event offers up something unique and entertaining to fans of the sport, but the following list features some of the best-regarded and most popular in the UK & Ireland.

The Royal Ascot

The well-known event is held every year in June, and will always attract droves of celebrities, royalty as well as well-dressed men, women, and children who are all wanting in on the fun and the opportunity to catch the eye of some the world’s most influential. The Queen has also attended the Royal Ascot every year during her reign – so that may indicate how good it is!

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The Grand National

The Grand National is widely regarded as the biggest horse racing showcase in the British Isles. It has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging steeplechases in the world due to the distance of the race and the larger-than-average obstacles that stand between the competitors and the finish line.

Champion Hurdle

After something of a lull in February as runners are fine-tuned for Cheltenham, day one of the Festival has the Champion Hurdle as its feature race. It is quite simply the most prestigious of all the hurdling events in the calendar, it is a Grade 1 National Hunt race ran over 2 miles and 87 yards in which competitors are required to clear eight hurdles, the horses shift it around the Old Course at this famous venue.

Epsom Derby

Epsom Derby is one of the most entertaining summer celebrations in Britain, with a host of different prizes and dedicated days for visitors in addition to the races themselves. The Derby takes place over just two days in June, but the pace of the races is ruthless and is a huge test of stamina as well as speed for the horses. The event has a £1.5 million purse and is one of the richest horse races in Britain.

Cheltenham Festival

Fans from all over the world head to the Cheltenham Festival each year, which takes place in March and is one of the most important events in the world for horse racing. The race that tops them all at the Festival, the Gold Cup sits at the pinnacle of jump racing, both in terms of prestige and prize money.

What We Have Learned So Far in the UK and IRE National Hunt Season

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When most American racing fans are reflecting on the Breeders’ Cup and perhaps looking back on the year in racing, the national hunt season just starts getting underway in the UK and Ireland. Now, a couple months into the season we are started to get a picture of who is going to be the movers and shakers at events like the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival.

It is the latter, the Cheltenham Festival, that is on the minds of most trainers and jockeys, as the four-day spectacular (12th-15th March) has grown in stature to become the elite event in the national hunt season. Several interesting races that hold clues to the Festival have been already held over the last few weeks. Here are some of the interesting titbits:

Altior on song for Nicky Henderson

There is very little doubt that Altior is the best middle-distance chaser in the world right now and that shows up in the fact he is as low as 4/7 (Bet365) for the Champion Chase. He was impressive on his season debut at Sandown when taking the Tingle Creek Chase. Un De Sceaux gave him a bit of a scare, but, barring injury, he looks like the closest thing there is to a sure thing at Cheltenham.

 

Buveur D’Air also impressive in Fighting Fifth

If any jumps horse can rival Altior for imperiousness over the last few years, it’s stablemate Buveur D’Air. The 7-year-old is aiming for a third successive Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham 2019, and is priced at evens (William Hill) to do so. A brilliant performance in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle underlined those credentials.

Bristol De Mai’s brilliance comes with a caveat

One of the best races this season saw Bristol de Mai go up against Gold Cup contenders Might Bite, Thistlecrack and Native River in the Betfair Chase. Bristol De Mai blew them away, as he does to other opposition at Haydock Park in the past. The only issue is that form isn’t as hot away from Haydock. It’s a puzzler. Bristol De Mai is 20/1 with Betfair for the Gold Cup and, while he is erratic, you can get Cheltenham betting offers, like free bets, to back him. The perfect shot to nothing horse.

End of the dream for Faugheen?

Faugheen, for some the greatest hurdler of a generation, has had several ups and downs over the past couple of seasons. There was a hint of reinvention last April, with a stunning win in the Irish Champions Stayers’ Hurdle at Punchestown. His first run this season was thoroughly mediocre, finishing second in a field of horses who wouldn’t be anywhere near him at his peak. The question is: Has he still got one last great run in him? He is 12/1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle 2019 with Sky Bet and William Hill. Currently, however, BetVictor have put him at just 3/1 and favourite. It’s a measure of the respect that this horse is held in. If he does win, it will see the biggest cheer of the Festival.

Just who is Annamix?

Willie Mullins has apparently got another superstar on his hands with the 4-year-old French import Annamix. The only problem is that a pelvic injury has meant we have yet to get a look at Annamix, except for a lone second-place finish in France. However, that hasn’t stopped the bookies from putting the horse in as the favourite – around 9/1 with several betting companies – for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The horse must look exceptional in the training yard.

Chanelle McCoy launches new horse racing club in Ireland

young attractive British racegoerHorse racing club in Ireland started

INS Racing has been developed to grow the sport in Ireland and facilitate sports fans to get much closer to the action by experiencing first-hand the excitement of racehorse ownership. Chanelle was joined at the launch by trainer, Michael O’Callaghan, who along with Willie McCreery, have committed to training several of the club’s racehorses…

Chanelle McCoy launches new horse racing club in the beautiful country of Ireland: Chanelle McCoy launches new horse racing club

Why Horse Racing in Ireland is a Multi-billion-dollar Industry

“It is the second highest in terms of the value of the horses sold, so when you take the fact that it’s a country of four-and-a-half million people, compared to places like the United States and Australia, it shows the relative importance of horse …

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