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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.  2019 Major Festivals - DOWNLOAD

Emirates Poules d'Essai

Sunday 12th May


On Sunday May 12th, the Emirates French Guineas will take place at the new look Paris 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 10th & 11th, which has proven a consistent source of Group 1 winners.

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QIPCO Guineas Festival

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019


With the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday 4th May and the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday 5th, 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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Irish Guineas Festival

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2019

The Curragh

A revamped three-day Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival will take place from May 24th -26th, staging 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 which is set to be the feature race on the opening Friday. 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 31st May & Saturday 1st June 2019

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 2018 hero Masar. 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
by Forever Together.

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QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club

Sunday 2nd June 2019


The QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club is one of 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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