By News Team
11th February 2021
The UK racing calendar is littered with some of the best races in the world which have fans off their seats time and time again. We’ve picked out five of the most prestigious Flat and National Hunt races.
Cheltenham Gold Cup (Cheltenham) — March
In the list of famous horse races, few can touch the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is the highlight of the annual Cheltenham Festival and is considered the Blue Riband for chasers.
In terms of prestige and prize money, nothing outside of the Grand National can touch it. It is the most valuable non-handicap chase of the season.
The list of past winners features all the great names of jumping like Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star. With more than half a million pounds up for grabs, it’s the race they all want to win.
Grand National (Aintree) — April
In the world of horse racing, nothing beats the Grand National.
It’s the time when once a year, punters enjoy a flutter. More money is bet on the National than any other British race.
It’s run at a marathon distance of four and a quarter mile over the unique spruce fences at Aintree. It has been run at the Liverpool track since 1839 and has always had a special place in British culture.
The Grand National is the ultimate test of horse and jockey that has punters tuning in all over the world.
The Derby (Epsom) — June
For owners and trainers, the Derby is still the biggest horse race in the world.
It is the most prestigious of the five British Classics and has been won by some of the most famous horses in history.
It is run on Epsom’s unique undulating track and is considered to be a huge test of horse and jockey thanks to the famous camber. The Derby has inspired versions all over the world, but there is only one original that has been run since 1870.
Gold Cup (Royal Ascot) — June
The Gold Cup is the highlight of Royal Ascot and is a true test of stayers at two and a half miles.
It was first run way back in 1807, which makes it one of the oldest horse races in the world.
It has been won by royalty many times, including the Queen who took the prize with Estimate in 2013.
The Gold Cup is the first leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown and is followed by the Goodwood and Doncaster Cups.
One of the most famous winners is Yeats who won the prize four times in a row between 2006 and 2009.
King George VI Chase (Kempton) — December
The King George has long been considered the biggest jumps race of winter.
It takes place at Kempton Park on Boxing Day over three miles and is the highlight of the track’s popular Christmas festival.
Some of the biggest names in the sport have their name on the trophy.
The great Desert Orchid won it four time, and he was topped by Kauto Star who managed a fantastic five successes.