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Spring Racing Carnival Events In Australia

Of all the iconic sporting events in Australia, none is more well known and well attended as the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. While horse racing occurs all year round in Australia, most of the high profile races are hosted during the spring in the city of Melbourne. Some of the most well known events include the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, and Victoria Derby, although there are a wide range of other races also run. All of the season’s races are divided into a number of seperate carnival race meetings, with the most popular including the Caulfield Carnival and the Flemington Carnival. (more…)

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British Finest Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot may very well be the most well recognised horse racing carnival of them all, and is made up of 5 days of racing and 16 Group races. Hosted every year at Royal Ascot Racecourse, this carnival is the centrepiece of the European racing season and one of Europe’s most high profile horse racing events. Royal Ascot is most well known for a a variety of reasons, including the racing events themselves and the glamour and prestige that help to make up such a world recognised event. The racing that occurs at Royal Ascot never fails to disapoint, and is made up of 16 Group events and a number of Listed races which are held at some time during theĀ  5 days. (more…)

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The Biggest Hits In Racing Fashion

There is a whole culture that envelopes horse racing Along with entertainment, musical acts, dining, and the opportunity to mingle with famous people, race goers also go to the races to bet on events and get dressed up in their favourite fashions. Since the beginning, fashion has become a vital element of horse racing culture, with people putting on their best clothes for a day at the races and fashion competitions happening at many of the bigger events. Some of the most well known examples of horse racing clothing include vibrant headware for the women and tailored suits for the men. (more…)

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The Preakness Stakes Racing Day

The Preakness Stakes takes place each season at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland, on the third Saturday of May each season. This popular Grade 1 race is a premier thoroughbred race in its own right, as well as being the middle leg of the US Triple Crown. This race is often known as “the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”, tahnks to the luxurious blanket of Black-Eyed Susan daisies given to the winner. The Preakness Stakes is the second most popular racing event in the United States, a one million dollar event for three year old horses on a dirt track of 9.5 furlongs in distance. (more…)

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History Of The Legend

Phar Lap is the most famous horse in Australasian racing history, a champion who went on to define a generation. While this amazing horse was foaled in New Zealand, Phar Lap is most often associated with Australia where he trained and raced for most of his life during the Great Depression years. Phar Lap broke a number of records throughout Australia and carried on to do great things for years to come. Phar Lap won numerous events throughout his life, including the iconic Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates, an AJC Derby, and a range of additional weight for age events. (more…)

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Melbourne Cup Day at Flamington Racecourse

The entire nation of Australia comes to a standstill every November to watch the famous Melbourne Cup. Taking place annually on the first Tuesday of November, this incredible spectacle is one of the richest horse races in the world with over $6 million in prize money. Run over a distance of 2 miles, this awe inspiring horse race for three year olds and over really does stop the nation. The Melbourne Cup is raced at Flemington Racecourse in the city of Melbourne, and is often referred to as “the race that stops a nation”. (more…)

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Kentucky Oaks Racing Day

The Kentucky Oaks is a very famous Grade 1 Stakes event in the United States, with some of the elite fillies in the country competing for one of the most prestigious thoroughbred titles of all. The Kentucky Oaks is raced over a distance of 1 1/8 miles, or about 1800 metres. This famous event is for fillies only, with 3yo fillies of up to 121 pounds able to compete. This event is the female-only counterpart to the iconic Kentucky Derby, which is run just after this spectacular $1 million event. The Kentucky Oaks is commonly known as “Lillies for the Fillies”, with a garland of lillies placed around the winner’s neck along with $600,000 as first prize. (more…)