Horse racing is one of the biggest sports in the world with even Dubai hosting one of the biggest events of the year. It is also rated as the biggest gambling vehicle in the world and it is no wonder that it is particularly loved by rich people, with only golf being able to compete.

Besides the gambling appeal of horse racing, it is an interesting and fun-filled game for people who love horses, as well as an opportunity to meet with the big guns in the country or world.

Typically, most horse racing fans stick to the ones in their own countries. But there are also many fans of this sport who will travel the world to attend events. Wherever you are based, these top five horse racing events in the world are amazing.

Royal Ascot

This is a top horse racing event attended by the Queen herself every year. The noise and PR around this event are typical of royalty.

Held midway in the year, it lasts for five days. It is held at the Ascot racecourse, which is owned by the Queen, in Berkshire. Before racing begins on each day, a Royal procession is held along the track.

For some, Royal Ascot is not just the best horse racing event, it is also the most important social event of the year. It combines fashion, pageantry, as well as flat racing at its best. The dress code for men in the Royal enclosure is a morning suit and a top hat. Also, the Queen typically has her racers.

Royal Ascot also features the best horses across the UK, Europe, and many other countries.


This is the biggest horse racing event in the world and one of the best horse-racing festivals. It is also hosted in England at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire with a great view of the Cotswolds above its tracks.

This annual event joins the best National Hunt horse from Ireland and Britain. This event is huge for betting, with its almost 30 races generating massive revenue. Several races from this event feature in the annual biggest betting races so it is no surprise that the number of people searching for horse racing tips online is high in March.

The quality of the racing is top-notch, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle ranked the most prestigious hurdle and chase horses globally.

It is also a big social occasion.

Grand National

This horse race made this list because it is the most popular steeplechase worldwide. It is the highlight of the Grand National meeting held yearly at Aintree racecourse, close to Liverpool. The nature of the fences and the distance distinguish this race.

Over time, the unique fences have been adjusted to reduce casualties. It is considered the biggest betting race annually as many people who join in this race do not bet on any other races. It is held about a month after Cheltenham, allowing horses to participate in both.

Breeders' Cup

This festival is held in November yearly, with thoroughbred flat-rate horses participating. It was originally a day event but has run for two days or more for more than a decade now. With the excpetion of the US Triple Crown races, this is the most attended horse racing festival.

It is held in the United States, besides the 1996 edition that was held in Canada. The races featured include mares, fillies, and juveniles. In each race, not more than 14 runners can participate.

Dubai World Cup Carnival

This race hosted in the Meydan racecourse in the UAE is the major talking point of Dubai World Cup Night. This used to be the richest race in the world every year until it was surpassed by the Pegasus World Cup in 2017.

The event runs from January until the end of March with a grand prize of $35 million. Horses qualify for the final showpiece based on ratings and how well they performed preceding the night.


There are many other great racing events in the world including Melbourne Cup, Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby, etc. All these racing events offer amazing spectacle all over the world and are great betting opportunities.

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