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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

York Ebor Festival

Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th August 2019


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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Meeting de Deauville Barriere

Saturday 27th July - Wednesday 28th August 2019


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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Baden-Baden Great Festival Week

Saturday 24th August - Monday 2nd September 2019


The Iffezheim near racetrack near the Spa town of Baden-Baden was founded in 1858 by Frenchman Edouard Benazet and arguably has one of the most beautiful racetracks in Europe and lives up to its high international reputation.  Taking place over six days, Baden-Baden hosts top-class racing alongside the BBAG yearling sales.  The highlights of the week are the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe, the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche powered by burda@turf, the Group 2 Darley Oettingen-Rennen, the Group 2 T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis, the Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden, the Group 3 Zukunfts-Rennen and three Listed races.

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William Hill St. Leger Festival

Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th September 2019


The St Leger Meeting at Doncaster Racecourse boasts the world’s oldest Classic in its
sparkling repertoire: the St Leger Stakes, first run in 1776. The showpiece of Doncaster’s flat
season is enduringly popular for its historical significance and produces a thrilling races year
after year. In 2016 it was won for the first time by a female trainer, Laura Mongan:
racing theatre at its very best. Whilst in 2018 it saw a great dual between Aidan O’Brien’s Kew Gardens and Lord and Lady Lloyd Webbers homebred Lah Ti Dah (GB).

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Longines Irish Champions Weekend

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019

Leopardstown & The Curragh

Longines Irish Champions Weekend is a highlight of the European season. With 10 Group races including five Group 1 contests, as well as a series of valuable premier handicaps, the weekend provides a feast of top class racing. Proceeding’s start at Leopardstown on Saturday with the Goffs Champions Sale; a sale that offers a boutique of top class horses in training and attracts leading International buyers. The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail takes place before racing on the Sunday; the trail offers an exciting opportunity to have a unique visit to many of the leading training yards and stud farms. The weekend is filled with entertainment and high fashion, making it a highlight of the Irish social diary.

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