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Racing Festivals

European racing boasts several major Festivals throughout the season.  Held at the most famous racecourses, these events combine first class racing, international contenders and a social scene to match. Champions are crowned in every nation, with the best of the best doing battle for racing's most prestigious races. If you would like to visit any of these iconic events, we are here to help you plan your trip.

QIPCO British Champions Day

Saturday October 21st 2017

Ascot

QIPCO British Champions is the explosive finale to the British Flat racing season. It’s the day when champions are crowned as Ascot racecourse is set alight on the nation’s richest ever raceday.

The best horses and jockeys from across the globe will be in action to compete for a record-breaking amount of over £4.2 million in prize money as they bid to follow in the hoof prints of the likes of Frankel, who signed off his glittering, unbeaten career on this day in 2012.

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QIPCO Guineas Festival

2018 Date TBC

Newmarket

With the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday 6th May and the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday 7th, the QIPCO Guineas Festival is a fantastic weekend of style, sophistication and spectacular entertainment. Both the 2,000 and 1,000 live up to their ‘Classic’ status and catapult the winners on their way to stardom.

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Abu Dhabi French Guineas Weekend

2018 Date TBC

Deauville (normally Longchamp)

On May 13th, the Abu Dhabi Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) will be held at Deauville on the straight mile course following by the Abu Dhabi 2000 Guineas (Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) and the G1 Prix Saint-Alary on May 14th.   There's also the unique opportunity to attend the Arqana Breeze-Up sale on the 11th & 12th which has proven a consistent source of Group 1 winners. A perfect occasion to go racing at Deauville surrounded by a great atmosphere.

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Irish Guineas Festival

2018 Date TBC

The Curragh

The Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival stages the first and second Irish Classics of the season; the 2000 Guineas attracting Europe’s leading colts and the 1000 Guineas attracting Europe’s leading fillies. The Guineas share the race card with four other Group contests, including the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, an established trial for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in June. The weekend is a feature of the Irish social calendar, with its unique atmosphere and entertainment in addition to the world class racing.

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Investec Derby Festival

2018 Date TBC

Epsom Downs

With winnings of £1.325m, the Investec Derby is the biggest prize in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory brings. It remains the one race that everyone wants to win and boasts an unrivalled roll of honour, from legendary names such as Seabird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Shergar, Galileo and more right up to 2016 hero Harzand.   The first day of the Festival features the Epsom Oaks which has a similarly long roll of honour having been won by the likes of Time Charter, Ouija Board, Snow Fairy and Minding.

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