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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

Cologne Europe-Meeting

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018


Cologne-Weidenpesch is one of Germany's oldest horse-racing tracks, having been established as a race course in 1897 by the prestigious families in this time. The racetrack is in a terrain of 55 hectares land called Weidenpescher Park.  Taking place over two days, Cologne hosts top-class racing in a beautiful city with a famous cathedral and an historic centre.  The highlights of the weekend are the Group 1 Preis von Europa and two Listed races.

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Qatar Arc Weekend

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018


Over the years, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has earned a reputation as the world’s greatest horse race. Whether they are breeders, trainers, jockeys or owners, all horse-racing professionals dream of seeing their horse first past the post to clinch the world’s most coveted flat racing title. And with good reason: every four-hoofed victor and their entourage earn a place in racing history. On the same day, the Qatar Arabian World Cup celebrate the best Arabian horse with the world’s most prestigious race for purebred Arabs (4yos and more) with its exceptional prize money of one million Euros.

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QIPCO British Champions Day

Saturday 20th October 2018


QIPCO British Champions Day is the big finale to the British Flat racing season. It’s the day on which 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 are in action to compete for record-breaking prize money of at least £4.3million in 2018, as they bid to follow in the hoof prints of the likes of Frankel, who signed of his glittering, unbeaten career on this day in 2012.

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Abu Dhabi French Guineas

2019 date TBC


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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QIPCO Guineas Festival

2019 Date TBC


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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