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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.  2018 Major Festivals - DOWNLOAD

Darley Irish Oaks Weekend

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2018

The Curragh

The Curragh Racecourse provides the backdrop for leading fillies from all over Europe to compete for Classic glory in the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks. The third Irish classic of the season is nestled in a weekend of top class racing, which include four other Group races. The Darley Irish Oaks weekend is all about the ladies, with a Lady riders Derby and Stylish Ladies Awards, an opportunity to see class and style both on and off the race track.

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Qatar Goodwood Festival

Tuesday 31st July to Saturday 4th August 2018


One of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar is the ever popular Qatar Goodwood Festival race meeting. Each year Goodwood attracts a wide array of British society, all dressed to impress at this distinguished racing event with style, celebrity and racing forming a fabulous cocktail of entertainment. Including three Group 1 races, Qatar Goodwood Festival manages to capture the essence of the English summer combined with top quality racing, making this a unique experience.

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Berlin-Hoppegarten Grand Prix Festival Meeting

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th August 2018


In 1829 Berlin became the second German city to stage thoroughbred racing. About 12 miles east of the city centre, Hoppegarten was the chosen location for a new green field racing and training centre and opened in 1868. Taking place over two days, Berlin hosts top-class racing in this beautiful largest and capital city in Germany.  The highlights of the weekend are the Group 1 128th Grosser Preis von Berlin and three Listed races.

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Deauville Racing & Sales

Sunday 12th to Tuesday 21st August 2018


Each year, major races take place at the Deauville-La-Touques racecourse during the Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting. There are 18 racing days, 150 races, 5 Group 1 races and nearly 2 000 runners. Prix Rothschild, Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard – Jacques Le Marois, Darley Prix Morny and Darley Prix Jean Romanet are the highlights of this meeting surrounding by a nice and serene atmosphere. The whole horse racing world meets up on mid-August on the premier Yearling Sale of the year, at Arqana to find future stars.

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York Ebor Festival

Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th August 2018


World class racing returns to ‘God’s Own County’ for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the jewel in the crown of York Racecourse. The course, known as the Knavesmire, has been a favourite amongst racegoers since it was founded in 1731. The Ebor Festival itself was established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap. The Festival offers four days of top class sport featuring three Group 1 races: the Juddmonte International Stakes, the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

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