The Biggest Horse Racing Events Still to Come in 2021

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by , 9 April 2021 at 11:07 pm (123 Views)
All webmasters need to know that the sport of horse racing is global in a way that football and other popular betting pastimes can never be. From the Americas to South Africa, through Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, people are passionate about thoroughbred racehorses.

That means there are some major horse racing events each and every year of wider interest. Where there’s a big race, the content will surely follow, so here’s what’s still to come in this sport in 2021.

Kentucky Derby

America’s most famous horse, the Kentucky Derby for three-year-olds, is a Flat dirt race over 2kn (about a mile-and-a-quarter) at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. It’s the first leg of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing along with the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland and the Belmont Stakes on the edge of New York City.

The Kentucky Derby is by far the most prestigious and most internationally renowned of those events. This year’s leading contenders include Godolphin’s Essential Quality, the Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour and Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World, who have all won recognised trials.

Royal Ascot

An undisputed highlight of the British Flat season during midsummer, Royal Ascot will be bigger and better than ever in 2021. Each card of action during the five days between 15 and 19 June now contains seven races.

Notable events at Royal Ascot include the Queen Anne Stakes over the straight mile, the King’s Stand for sprinters, the Prince Of Wales over a mile-and-a-quarter, the historic Gold Cup, Commonwealth Cup sprint for three-year-olds and the Diamond Jubilee at the same distance.

Father-son trainer combination John and Thady Gosden have a number of ante-post favourites for the meeting. Chief among them is star Flat stayer Stradivarius, who is the 5/2 market leader in the horse racing betting on the 2021 Gold Cup for a record-equalling fourth consecutive win.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Europe’s richest Flat turf race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, takes place at the Hippodrome de Longchamp in Paris, France on the first Sunday in October. Known as the Arc for short, horses from all over the continent and the British Isles compete in the mile-and-a-half contest.

As a conditions race, the weights favour three-year-olds, especially if they are fillies who also receive a gender allowance. The Arc betting changes throughout the course of the season in Europe, but early market principals include Team Gosden’s globetrotting hero Mishriff, gutsy Irish-trained mare Tarnawa and wonder-filly Love for Aidan O’Brien and his powerful Coolmore owners.

Melbourne Cup

The Gold Cup isn’t the only historic race for Flat stayers in the global horse racing calendar. If you head Down Under on the first Tuesday in November, you’ll find the race that stops a nation. We’re talking about the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Run over about two miles as a handicap, horses from all around the world head to Australia for a slice of mega prize money. The curious thing about the Melbourne Cup is it demands speed and stamina to win, much like the Arc. Keep an eye out for the international nominations.
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