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Your Guide to the UK Horse Races in 2021

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the UK with a long history. It doesn’t matter if you’re a jump race lover, a horse racer or you’re into sports betting, there’s a lot to see when it comes to the sport.

That being said, it’s also worth noting that British horse racing is divided into two categories; flat racing with free surfaces and shorter distances, and National Hunt racing with obstacles to jump and longer distances. As for what’s at stake in the world of horse racing for 2021, this article offers all the details.

  • Cheltenham Festival

March 16 – 19 March 2021 is not a period to miss next year. During the festival in 2020, it was the largest national horse race on the calendar with lots of activities for horse racing lovers, and sports fans in general. There’s everything to be excited about when it comes to this grade one horse racing festival and thousands are anticipating Cheltenham in March.

You also get to shop, take good photos, listen to live music, visit some of the greatest racecourses in the world—all with good hospitality.

  • The Derby – Epsom

This race is popularly known as the Epsom Derby, Derby stakes, or the Investec Derby. It takes place from June 4 – 5, 2020 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England. There are lots of fun events such as Ladies’ Day which involves a high fashion competition and races of different types.

Epsom Derby is one of the richest and most prestigious horse races. Apart from the fun and challenging parts, it serves as a middle leg for historically significant horse racing games and it has a large worldwide media audience.

  • Royal Ascot

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, this popular horse racing event will take place next summer from June 15 – 19, 2021 in Ascot Racecourse. As usual, it includes both racing and classy fine dining and will attract many racing horses across the globe to compete for over 8 million pounds of prize money. Even more interesting, creative fashion shows are held to spice the ambiance up.

This event would not only be about horse racing. It is a social event with an audience that includes members of royal families, sports fans, and people from beyond the region. Sports betting will amp up the whole experience and there would be about 30 races to look out for.

  • Grand National

For 2021, the Grand National is one of the most exciting horse racing events. It is scheduled to take place at the usual location, Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, between 8 – 10 of April 2021. What’s more, it is categorized under the handicap steeplechase with 4 miles 514 yards. Being the most valuable jump race in Europe, it is prominent in British culture. People who do not take part in sports betting or watch other horse races during the year are comfortable with the Grand national. As one of the biggest jump races in the world, it brings many competitors together to face different difficult obstacles.