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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

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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Prix de Diane Longines

Sunday 17th June 2018


Created on 18th May 1843, this race crowns the year’s best three-year-old filly after a race run over 1m2½f on the hallowed Chantilly turf.  Of the nine races on the day’s race card, the Prix de Diane Longines is the most richly-rewarded, with a purse of 1million Euros.  Enjoy its well-known garden party with family and friends in the idyllic setting of Chantilly and participate to habitual Elegance Contest. A new Mademoiselle Diane de Longines is elected every year, in partnership with luxury Swiss watchmaker Longines.

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Royal Ascot

Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd June 2018


Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.5milllion in prize money. With eight Group 1 races, the likes of Black Caviar, Frankel and Tepin have all graced the Royal Ascot turf in recent years. Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socialising. Long seen as the pinnacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, but to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

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