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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

QIPCO Guineas Festival

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018


With the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday 5th May and the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday 6th, 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

Sunday 13th May 2018


On Sunday May 13th, the French Guineas will be back at Longchamp followed by G1 The Gurkha Prix Saint-Alary. A unique opportunity to discover the new racecourse Paris Longchamp surrounded by a great atmosphere. The Arqana Breeze-Up sale, will be held in Deauville on the 11th & 12th, which has proven a consistent source of Group 1 winners.

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Irish Guineas Festival

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 2018

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

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June 2018

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 2017 hero Wings Of Eagles.  The first part of the two day Festival features the Investec Oaks which has a similarly long roll of honour having been won by the likes of Time Charter, Ouija Board, Snow Fairy, Minding and most recently the great Enable.

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QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club

Sunday 3rd June 2018


The QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club is currently Europe’s premier event for three-year-olds and an eagerly awaited stage for breeders of three-year-old colts with a view to the supreme international test in the autumn, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
This course gives the thoroughbreds an ideal opportunity to showcase their speed and stamina, two of the standout qualities of the breed. Since its creation in 1836, The Prix de Jockey Club has revealed top class stallions as Lope de Vega, Le Havre, Lawman, Dalakhani and Montjeu.

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