There are some really exciting race meetings coming up in the next few months, and for the discerning punter who likes to keep track of these meets, listed below are some of the festivals and meetings you may wish to mark down in your race calendar, or as a reminder in your phone:
- Longines Irish Champions Weekend
The Longines Irish Champions Weekend is coming your way shortly. Spanning over 2 days from 10th to 11th September, this weekend of racing will feature 5 closely contested Group 1 races, over 2 separate venues – Leopardstown & The Curragh.
The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes is the featured race of the Weekend, taking place on the Saturday. This weekend is perfect for novice punters, looking to leave the Casino Online at Apnet.com behind and step out into the real world.
- The Fairyhouse Winter Festival
Another 2-day event, this historic festival is coming your way between the dates of the 3rd and 4th of December 2016. Featuring some of the very best jump racing around, this is one not to be missed.
Sunday is the big day at this festival, with three separate races on offer, all Grade 1 contests: the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle and the Drinmore Novice Chase.
- Qatar Arc Weekend
For something with a little more of an international flavour to it, the Qatar Arc Weekend, from the 1st to 2nd October is another all-important fixture. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has been often called the world’s best horse race, which is very high praise indeed.
Last year’s winner, Golden Horn, took the laurels in front of well over 60k spectators, while ridden by famed jockey, Lanfranco Dettori (Frankie).
- British Champions Day
Considered the finale to the British flat racing season, British Champions Day falls on October 15th this year. Ascot is the venue, and this one-day event is the richest in the British Calendar.
Prize money of over £4.2 million is up for grabs, and it is expected that both horses and jockeys from the 4 corners of the globe will appear to snatch a piece of that prize money pie.
- Derby Festival
Although a time has yet to be confirmed, the 2017 Derby Festival is always one that should be watched out for. This one race features the biggest prize in British racing, with a cool £1.325 million there for whoever wants it bad enough.
It has been won by a “who’s who” of famed horses down through the years, and it will be interesting to see just who will step forward in 2017, and make a name for themselves by pounding over that picket line.
That is just a very small indication of the amount of racing action coming your way in the next few months. If this past year is any indication, it seems we will be in for a real treat in the next few festivals so take note of the dates above and be prepared for a good flutter.