We’ve had a wealth of fantastic races over this past year and there is plenty to look forward to in 2020. Racing is non-stop throughout the year and each month produces fantastic fixtures across the country. Here is our look at the biggest horse racing events on the calendar next year.

Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 10-13 March 2020

Average Attendance: 266,000

Prizes: Gold Cup £625,000

The Cheltenham Festival is the most anticipated National Hunt festival of the calendar. It includes incredible Grade One races, including the Gold Cup, which has produced historical moments such as Best Mate’s hat-trick in 2002,2003 and 2004 and has also produced memorable winners like the adored Kauto Star, Denman and Native River. With 28 races across the four days, there is something for everyone and racing fans are already counting down the days until the magic kicks off again.

The Grand National, Aintree, Liverpool, 2-4 April 2020

Prizes: Grand National £1,000,000

The Grand National festival consists of three days and possibly the biggest and most well-known race in history, the Grand National itself.

The Grand National is potentially the most talked about race in the racing calendar. It’s a race that those who aren’t interested in racing know about and you can expect the majority of the nation to have a bet. A huge field of 40 horses jumping 30 fences in total is quite a sight and a certain Tiger Roll will seek to win the race for a third consecutive time this year.

Guineas Festival, Newmarket, Suffolk, 2-3 May 2020

Prizes: 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas – £500,000 each

The first two Classics of the season take place on 2-3 May. The 2,000 Guineas is open to three-year-old colts and fillies and often sets the scene for the rest of the Flat season. It has been won by history-making horses like Frankel and Sea the Stars.

The 1,000 Guineas follows a day later and is open to three-year-old fillies. Another season-defining race, it’s been won by incredible horses such as Cape Verdi, Kazzia and more recently Hermosa.

Both races set the tone for the Flat season and can be career-defining for horse, trainer and jockey alike.

Epsom Derby Festival, Epsom, Surrey, 5-6 June 2020

Average Attendance: 300,000

Prizes: Prince of Wales Stakes – £1,000,000 and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – £1,000,000

Another festival with two of the five British classics, the Epsom Derby Festival will welcome racegoers in early June. The Epsom Oaks comes first in what’s an incredible spectacle with winners, such as Enable, going on to do incredible things. It is then followed by, what has been noted as the best Flat race in the world, the Derby. It’s a race every owner, jockey and trainer wants to win and for those lucky enough to, they are seen to have reached the pinnacle.

Royal Ascot, Ascot, Surrey, 16-20 June 2020

Average Attendance: 300,000

Prizes: Prince of Wales Stakes – £1,000,000 and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – £1,000,000

Royal Ascot is the biggest and most glamorous event on the whole of the racing calendar.  Attended by The Queen, Royal Ascot is the most prestigious event on the calendar with races such as the Queen Anne Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, Coronation Stakes and Gold Cup. It’s known for its world-class racing just as much as its world-class atmosphere.

Eclipse Summer Festival, Sandown Park, Surrey, 3-4 July 2020

Prizes: Eclipse Stakes – £750,000

Named after one of the greatest racehorses of all time, the Eclipse takes place in the peak of summer. The main race, the Eclipse Stakes, has served up memorable winners such as the late Roaring Lion and the ‘queen’ that is Enable.

The King George Weekend, Ascot, Surrey, 24-25 July 2020

Average Attendance: 140,000

Prizes: King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – £1,250,000

The King George weekend is headlined by the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It’s been won by champions and always attracts some of the sport’s biggest stars. The 2019 King George will be remembered forever as two of the best horses in training, Enable and Crystal Ocean, went neck and neck right to the very finish with the wonder mare just coming out on top. The race has also been won by history-making horses such as Nathanial, Galileo and Swain.

Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood, Sussex, 28 July-1 August

Prizes: Sussex Stakes – £1,000,000

Despite the recent poor weather, Glorious Goodwood is always a hit and is looked forward too by many racing fans. The racing is highly competitive and the unique nature of the track means its results can be unpredictable at times. The five-day festival includes staple races the Goodwood Cup, the King George Cup and the ultra-competitive Stewards Cup.

Ebor Festival, York, Yorkshire, 19-22 August 2020

Average Attendance: 82,000

Prizes: Juddmonte Stakes – £1,000,000

The Ebor Festival is next on the calendar and is a fantastic draw. The festival is kicked off with the Juddmonte International, followed the Yorkshire Oaks the next day. Friday’s highlight is the Nunthorpe, which Battaash won this year in a staggeringly fast 55 seconds.

St. Leger Festival, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 9-12 September 2020

Average Attendance: 58,000

Prizes: St. Leger – £700,000

The final race of the triple crown, the St. Leger is another of the British classics. A fantastic race with the last being won by the unbeaten Logician.

British Champions Day, Ascot, Surrey, 17 October 2020

Prizes: Champions Stakes – £1,300,000

We’ll be back at Ascot once again for the final day of the British Flat season. It is one of the most valuable days of racing in Britain with four Group Ones. Last year produced one of the finishes of the season with Kew Gardens denying Stradivarius by the narrowest of margins in the Long Distance.

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