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THE WORLD’S THREE BIGGEST HORSE RACES

By HRI Foreign Staff — Horse Racing is a well-known sports event all around the world. All the way from Japan to the Middle East, thousands of horses are bred for racing purposes. With the new age of streaming accessibility, horse racing events are now easier to watch for many people. 

On this topic today, we would be sharing three of the biggest horse races from all around the world you may need to mark your calendar for when the race event will begin. 

Cheltenham Gold Cup

In the United Kingdom, the Cheltenham Festival includes the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is the most significant race of a meeting that features a number of noteworthy contests with the top horses, jockeys, and trainers. The trainer of the winning horse receives a whopping £625,000. 

It was conducted on a level terrain for the first time in 1819. Now the race is a steeplechase, requiring the horse to run over 22 obstacles over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs.

The Cheltenham Festival event every year always proves to be just as competitive as the previous one. Galopin Des Champs, who won the Gold Cup this year with his jockey Paul Townsend, is expected to return with a victory shot to reclaim her victory in Cheltenham Festival bets next year. Top jockey Harry Cobden will also be vying to get first place in the next event with his horse Bravemansgame.

The Kentucky Derby

This derby is one that takes place annually and is usually held in Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America. The event is mainly for grade one stake races for horses of three years and older. And by this, young horses are given the opportunity to show their racing potential and register their names in the top horse leaderboards and their trainers. The Kentucky Derby is a short and fast race only ideal for horses bred to be sprinters, has been dubbed to be the best “Two Minutes in Sports” as we would get horses run over one and a quarter miles.

The race which kicked off officially in 1875, is part of the American Triple Crown along with other likes of Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby amongst other races is also known as the run for the roses where the winner is often draped in roses after the event. Spectators on the lines at this Derby are also known to enjoy a mint julep cocktail while they stand to enjoy the race. To Bet on the Kentucky Derby, the updated odds for this year’s Derby still feature Forte as the leading favorite, with Angel of Empire tailing behind in a 38-1 longshot.

Melbourne Cup

Australia’s Melbourne Cup is one of the Aussies’ premier horse races and is famous for being one of the richest horse races in the world of racing. This year Melbourne has on the table a staggering AUD 8 million for the winner. Held first in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has mainly been a race of two miles long, though this racing idea has changed. 

Verry Elleegant, a horse bred and trained in Australia and New Zealand, who also won both the Caulfield Cup and Horse of the Year honors, won the Melbourne Cup race last year. The horse with the most victories in this prestigious tournament is Makybe Diva, who scored a back-to-back treble in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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