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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

Irish Derby Festival

Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th June 2019

The Curragh

The 2019 Irish Derby Festival will be moved to a Thursday-to-Saturday schedule taking place June 27th – June 29th, with the Irish Derby now providing the climax on the Saturday. Derby Day is the biggest day in the Irish racing calendar, when the best three-year-old thoroughbreds in the world come to the Curragh to race for Europe’s richest prize in the Irish Derby. It will be a high quality card right through with hotly contested races over all three days guaranteed. The Irish Derby Festival encompasses the finest quality of everything and has something to offer everyone, exciting racing, fabulous fashion, delicious food and great entertainment.

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Mo√ęt & Chandon July Festival

Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th July 2019


With its unique garden party atmosphere, The July Festival has everything: style, fashion, a
wonderful setting and the very best racing. With horses also being auctioned at nearby
Tattersalls throughout the week, Newmarket becomes a hive of action with the world’s top
racing individuals descending on the headquarters of horseracing. With the Group 1 Darley
July Cup the final European leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, it always attracts a
particularly strong field. This opportunity to immerse yourself at the heart of the world’s
bloodstock and racing action cannot be missed.

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Darley Irish Oaks Weekend

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019

The Curragh

The Curragh Racecourse provides the backdrop for leading fillies from all over Europe to compete for Classic glory in the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks. The third Irish classic of the season is nestled in a weekend of top class racing, which include four other Group races. The Darley Irish Oaks weekend is all about the ladies, with a Lady riders Derby and Stylish Ladies Awards, an opportunity to see class and style both on and off the race track.

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Qatar Goodwood Festival

Tuesday 30th July - Saturday 3rd August 2019


One of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar is the ever popular Qatar Goodwood
Festival race meeting. Each year Goodwood attracts a wide array of British society, all
dressed to impress at this distinguished racing event with style, celebrity and racing forming
a fabulous cocktail of entertainment. Including three Group 1 races, Qatar Goodwood
Festival manages to capture the essence of the English summer combined with top quality
racing, making this a unique experience.

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Berlin-Hoppegarten Grand Prix Festival Meeting

Sunday 11th August 2019


In 1829 Berlin became the second German city to stage thoroughbred racing. About 12 miles east of the city centre, Hoppegarten was the chosen location for a new green field racing and training centre and opened in 1868. Taking place over two days, Berlin hosts top-class racing in this beautiful largest and capital city in Germany.  The highlights of the weekend are the Group 1 128th Grosser Preis von Berlin and three Listed races.

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