Unmissable UK Horse Racing Festivals
Horse racing festivals we consider the most important, and simply should not be missed are featured in our major horse racing festival guides. These are the top multi-day race meetings like the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National, Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. Other major races, like the St Leger, are covered elsewhere on the site. Our top horse racing festival guides provide comprehensive information on each festival, the race-card, racecourse, enclosures, hospitality, dress code, tickets, travel and more.
The St Leger
It is said “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby & the best horse wins the St Leger.” While it’s not stricly a festival, being a one day racing fitxture, the St Leger is nevertheless a very important Group 1 race, being the last ‘leg’ of the UK’s Trople Crown, last won by Nijinsky in 1970, with Lester Piggott in the saddle, and deserving – in our opinion – a section of its own.
Major Irish Racing Festivals
Horse racing in Ireland is as breathing is to the rest of us! Going to an Irish racing festival is one of life’s great pleasures – from the Irish National in April to the Galway Festival in the Summer where you can watch top-class race horses run on lush Irish green turf. Since going racing is a way of life on the ‘Emerald Isle’, there are some 26 racecourses where you can go racing in Ireland. Many Irish racecourses host both Flat and Jump Irish racing fixtures. Festivals of Racing focus on the top Irish racing fixtures; those that are really festivals held over multiple days.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (1.5 miles) with a purse of 3,000,000 Euros. It is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October. Pictured is Frankie Dettori after winning ‘The Arc’ on Enable, in 2018.