A Day at The Races
Horse Racing is one of the longest established sports in Great Britain, dating back many centuries. With the UK having some of the world’s most iconic racecourses, it’s no surprise that we’ve produced some of the greatest jockeys of all time.
There are two main forms of horse racing, flat racing (distances between 5 furlongs and 2 miles 5 furlongs without obstacles) and National Hunt racing (distances between 2 miles and 4.5 miles, jumping over hurdles or fences). National Hunt races are more commonly known as steeplechases.
With horse racing being an event for everyone, let’s look at the major horse racing events and when they are happening.
When: 4-6th April 2019
This three-day festival held at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, is one of the most famous and most anticipated horse races in the world. With around 150,000 people attending every year, in addition to over half a million people who watch it on TV worldwide, The Grand National is definitely a race to attend. Ladies Day takes place on the Friday, with the infamous The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase taking place on the Saturday at 5:15pm with a £1 million prize fund.
With last year’s winner Tiger Roll set to compete again for 2019, will he be the next Red Rum and win the Grand National back-to-back?
When: 18-22nd June 2019
Royal Ascot is the epitome of sophistication, elegance and unparalleled racing. From private boxes to picnics, this five-day event is a right royal affair. The event attracts many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money. Alongside the plethora of famous faces, the arrival of the Royal Procession is one of the event highlights, starting at 2pm sharp each day. Royal Ascot is an event like no other, with its spectacular heritage, high fashion, fine dining and pageantry making for an unforgettable experience.
When: 31st May – 1st June 2019
The Investec Derby Festival is run at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey. This magnificent two-day event is a test of racehorse and wardrobe, not only does the festival feature the prestigious Style Awards but it is home to the Greatest Flat Race in the World. Opening the festival on the Friday is Ladies Day, a celebration for the fillies with some fantastic prizes up for grabs both on and off the track. From skydivers to celebrity DJs, this festival will kick-start your summer.
When: 19th April 2019
The All-Weather Championships concludes with a spectacular finals race at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. With over £1 million on offer over six race categories, this event sees the biggest prize fund for an all-weather raceday ever in Europe, and is one of the richest days in the UK. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, from free face painters and live music to inflatable derby hoppers and an Easter egg hunt.
When: 21-24th August 2019
The Ebor Festival is a spectacular four-day event taking place at York Racecourse in the height of summer. With the oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races, the Ebor Festival is one not to be missed. The event kicks off with day one featuring the Juddmonte International, the richest race of the season and ranked first of all thoroughbred horses in the world. Ladies Day takes place on day two of the event, with some fabulous prizes up for grabs and the highest rated mare and fillies race in Europe. Day three sees the Nunthorpe Sprint, the fastest race of the festival, which ranked the highest rated 1,000 metre sprint in the world. Closing the fantastic series of races is the Ebor race, the oldest race of the festival which has been raced since 1840.
When: 30th July – 3rd August 2019
The Qatar Goodwood Festival, known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, is one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world and is set in the Sussex countryside. This five-day festival is the highlight of the flat-racing season, with each day packing in as much action and excitement as the next. The first day of the event, on a Tuesday, will see the spectacular opening ceremony. With the Qatar Sussex Stakes being one of the seasons highlights featuring a prize fund of £1 million taking place on day two. Day three sees Ladies Day, the perfect event for socialising and raising money for charity in the unique ladies celebrity race, The Magnolia Cup. Glorious Goodwood ends its incredible festival with one of the most popular races in the world, the Qatar Stewards Cup which sees the finest sprinters dash towards the finishing line.
If you can't make any of these six famous horse racing events, The Jockey Club website has details on a whole host of racedays that are suitable for everyone.
How to Get There
With over 220 vehicles in our fleet nationwide and access to the UK’s largest operator network, we’ve got the perfect transport to get you to the races. From luxury VIP coaches and stylish executive coaches to minibuses and chauffeur-driven cars, we can provide transport for groups of all sizes.
For racedays, the most popular coach hire is our VIP coaches. They are the pinnacle of excellence and won’t fail to impress. With luxury leather seats, ample legroom, and your choice of either a rear lounge or a full kitchen area, every guest is guaranteed a VIP experience like no other.