If you are thinking about one of the biggest horse races around the world in person in the next year, you might be wondering which event will suit you best.
Below, we profile four of them, which will help make your decision an easier one…
1) The Grand National
With a prize purse totaling one million pounds ($1.54 million USD) and a steeplechase course that features bigger fences than other National Hunt races, the Grand National is one of the most captivating events on the British equestrian calendar.
While horse racing fans around the world watch with fascination, none are quite as taken by as the locals are, as it is estimated that up to a quarter of the adults in the United Kingdom place a bet on the outcome of the race.
Due to the less predictable nature of obstacle races like the Grand National, betting on a longshot could prove to be lucrative, as five 100 to 1 dogs have won the race in the past 100 years it has been run.
2) Breeders Cup
Stretching over two days and with over $26 million worth of prizes to be won over various races encompassing various disciplines, horse and age categories.
A unique aspect of this event is that it shifts to a different venue in North America every year, with 2015’s running of the Breeders Cup being held in Lexington, Kentucky.
With a massive prize pool and ways for motivated jockeys to win their way to a berth in this rich event, the quality of the competition here will thrill equestrian fans over two days of incredible action.
3) Dubai World Cup
In the 21st century, one of the world’s biggest chasers of all things big and bold has added a world class horse racing event to its collection, as the Dubai World Cup has quickly become of the most prestigious events of its type on the planet.
With $10 million USD on the line in the main event race, riders and owners alike will be on an adrenaline rush to which only a few can relate, but if you bet on a 4-1 underdog via William Hill Sports Betting, and it edges out to a modest lead coming down the home stretch, then perhaps you might as well.
4) Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Long regarded as Europe’s most glamorous horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe recently also became the richest turf race on the continent and second most lucrative in the world (behind only the oil billionaires in Dubai).
Starting in 2014, this Paris based event boosted its prize purse to five million Euro ($5.66 million USD), which has added more incentive to participants to claim a taste of glory at one of France’s prime sporting competitions.