The LFX Guide to: Race Days

Royal Ascot is well underway – so what better time to bring you our guide to the best race days of the year, from the most anticipated competitions to family fun days? Don’t forget to check out our top tips for where to stay, what to eat and where to watch the action…

Royal Ascot

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 15.39.41When? 16th-20th June
Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

Best for: Catching a glimpse of the Queen. The aptly named Royal Ascot is probably the best-attended race meeting of year, with HM Elizabeth II and various other members of the British Royal Family arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage and kicking off the day with a Royal procession.

 Did you know? Over 30,000 people go to Royal Ascot week every year, making it Europe’s biggest race meeting – and there’s more than £5.5 million in prize money up for grabs.

 Top Tip: Royal Ascot hospitality just can’t be beaten, whether you go for a Private Box or access to one of several exclusive restaurants. But don’t forget to check the dress code: you never know whom you might bump into.

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 The Showcase

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 08.43.00When? 23rd and 24th October
Where? Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

Best for: Getting ahead of the game: the Showcase is Cheltenham’s very first race of the 2015-16 season, so you can see who’s looking good before the crowds flock in next summer.

Did you know? At this race, you can see parts of the course that are usually off limits as well as activities and displays: the Parade Ring and Weighing Room are just two of the usually restricted areas that will be open to the public.

Top Tip: This year’s tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but you can check out the different packages available here.

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The Breeders’ Cup

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 08.53.41When? 30th and 31st October
Where? Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky.

Best for: The prestige- the Breeders’ Cup is considered to be Thoroughbred’s racing most prestigious international year-event event. Any horse worth knowing about will be there. And it attracts quite a few human celebs, too.

Did you know? The awards given out at the Breeder’s Cup every year add up to a whopping $27 million, given out over 14 races. Think of all the hay and oats those winning horses can buy…

Top Tip: QuintEvents are the official partner of the Breeders’ Cup, so they’ll sort out everything from premium tickets and private hospitality to parties, transport, VIP Fast Access passes, accommodation and more.

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The Melbourne Cup Carnival

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.50.40When? 12th September-7th November
Where? Flemington Race Course, Melbourne, Victoria

 Best for: The biggest thoroughbred horse race in Australia, known as “the race that stops a nation”- it’s even a public holiday in Melbourne and Victoria. It’s also the richest two-mile handicap race in the world.

Did you know? The very first Melbourne Cup was held on the 7th November 1861. The prize money was a modest 710 gold sovereigns (£710), compared to the $6,400,000 given out last year.

Top Tip: The biggest day is Tuesday the 3rd November, when the Emirates Melbourne Cup is held (it’s considered to be the best staying handicap race in the world). Need somewhere to stay? Take a look at Crown Towers: it’s right around the corner from the racing action and it’s home to one of the best spas Down Under.

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Prix de L’arc de Triomphe

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.57.04When? 3rd and 4th October
Where? Longchamp Racecourse, Paris

 Best for: Seeing some highly acclaimed horses- it’s the most prestigious horse race in Europe, with many of its winners now regarded as champions.

Did you know? The Arc de Triomphe, which the race is named after, is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It translates to ‘the Arch of Triumph’- an apt name for such a prestigious competition.

Top Tip: Leger Holidays offer packages including a guided tour of Paris city, a river cruise and a night in the lively Latin Quarter before you head to Longchamp for the main event.

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Aintree Family Fun Day

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.02.00When? 25th October
Where? Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside

Best for: A family day out. Aintree is one of the most famous race courses in the world, home to the Crabbie’s Grand National. You’ve already missed this year’s Grand National but there’s still time to get tickets for their annual family fun day, featuring first-class jumps racing for the adults and face painting, rides, workshops and more to keep the kids entertained.

Did you know? Aintree is regarded as the most difficult steeplechase course to complete successfully, with renowned obstacles so infamous that just their names strike fear into jockey’s hearts.

Top Tip: General admission tickets get you access to several indoor course facing bars and grandstand areas so you don’t have to worry about braving the Great British October weather – and kids go free!

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Travers Stakes

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.05.19When? 29th August
Where? Saratoga Race Course, New York

Best for: America’s oldest Stakes Race quickly became a prestigious event, attracting the very best horses. It makes a great day out with friends or an impressive corporate event, and the racecourse is perfectly located near plenty of restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Did you know? The Travers Stakes are named after William R. Travers, one of the founders of America’s oldest racecourse.

Top Tip: Stay at the Gideon Putnam Resort for the best spa in upstate New York, a shuttle service to take you to and from the racecourse and downtown and a first-class restaurant.

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What’s your favourite day of the horse-racing calendar? Where will you be having a flutter this racing season? Let us know by dropping us a line here or tweet us @LittlefishFX

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