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Festivals of Racing is your No.1 information resource for the world’s major horse racing festivals, such as Royal Ascot, The Derby, Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National & more...

Festivals of Racing is packed with all you need to know about the top festivals on the horse racing calendar, including insider tips + information on the races, horses, jockeys, owners, trainers, racecourse information, hospitality, dress code, travel & more.

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Top Racing Festivals

Nothing beats a day at the races! But if you can’t be there in person, Festivals of Racing racing features is the next best thing to actually experiencing the excitement and atmosphere at a major racing festival. Click the links to explore our upcoming racing festival guides, or the button below to view all the important festivals on the racing calendar, such as Royal Ascot, the Derby, Cheltenham, Grand National, Punchestown or Galway Festival.

Featured Festival

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a five-day festival with the best horses from around the world competing at the highest level. Royal Ascot dates back to 1911 and HM The Queen has attended every royal meeting during her reign, arriving by horse-drawn carriage in a royal procession each day.

Formal attire is essential in the Royal Enclosure, with ladies required to wear dresses and skirts falling above the knee and a hat, while men must wear a waistcoat and tie, a top hat and plain black shoes. In the Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure, men must wear suits – socks are mandatory – and ladies must be formal with a hat.

With more than 300,000 people attending this prestigious meeting annually it boasts top-quality races, with the the best trainers, jockeys and owners in attendance. This year there will be £7,330,000 in prize-money on offer, with no race worth less than £90,000. The meeting consists of 30 races

  • Day 1: 3 Group 1’s inc. the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand and the St James Palace *
  • Day 2: The Prince of Wales Stakes won last year by Poet’s Ward
  • Day 3: The ‘stayers’ 2m4f, Gold Cup + 2 x Group 2’s inc. the Ribblesdale Stakes for Fillies
  • Day 4: 2 x Group 1’s The Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes
  • Day 5: Group 1 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes won last year by Merchant Navy

*Frankel, who retired unbeaten after 14 starts, won the St James’s Palace in 2011 and the Queen Anne the following year.

Upcoming UK & Irish Racing Festivals

Royal Ascot

Centrepiece of the British racing calendar. 300,000 attend Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire in June, including HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Epsom Derby

Run at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with a £1.325 million prize fund, The Derby is the UK’s richest horse race, and the ultimate test for horse & jockey.

Irish Derby

The Curragh Racecourse in Ireland is where you’ll see the best horses in the world doing what they do best on a Irish glorious turf, in the Irish Derby.

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