The sport of horse racing continues to thrive, with the international calendar packed with top class events throughout the year.
Punters will have plenty to look forward to in 2020 as some of the world’s most famous racecourses stage the finest equine action on the planet. Read on as we take a closer look at what’s in store.
Dubai World Cup
Meydan Racecourse in Dubai takes centre stage towards the end of March as it hosts the world’s richest raceday.
The highlight of event is the $12 million Dubai World Cup – a ten-furlong race that always attracts a high-class field.
Bookmakers offering the best horse racing odds in the industry currently make US-trained McKinzie the favourite, but expect the Godolphin operation to have something up their sleeve for the race.
Held at Aintree Racecourse during early April, the Grand National is the supreme test for long-distance steeplechasers.
The race always attracts a huge worldwide television audience, with casual punters often making it the only event they bet on during the year.
Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll has won the National for the past two years and would become the first horse to triumph three years in a row if he is successful in 2020.
This five-day meeting is the highlight of the summer calendar in the United Kingdom, offering a perfect mix of top-class racing and social occasion.
Royal Ascot features plenty of Group 1 races, with the iconic Gold Cup the centerpiece of the entire meeting.
With the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities, Royal Ascot is an event that simply must not be missed.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The standout race of the international autumn calendar in Europe is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which crowns the best middle-distance horse on the continent.
Enable was chasing a third successive win in last year’s race, but the rain softened ground saw her pipped by Waldgeist in the dying strides.
John Gosden’s stable star remains in training in 2020 and will hopefully bid to win the race for a record third time.
Breeders’ Cup Classic
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships dominate the latter part of the year, with the two-day meeting targeted by top trainers from around the world.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the highlight of the event and is a race that has been won by some of the sport’s most famous horses.
Cigar’s success in 1995 was one of the most memorable victories, securing a record-equalling eighth Grade 1 win for the horse that season.
The Melbourne Cup is one of the most famous events in Australia’s sporting calendar and is known as ‘the race that stops the nation’.
Held at Flemington in Melbourne during November, it is the richest two-mile handicap in the world and always attracts a star-studded field.
Vow And Declare won the race in 2019 and trainer Danny O’Brien has already confirmed the horse will be back to defend his crown in the next renewal.