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Horse Racing Events in the UK

Horse racing is a popular spectator sport in the UK, and gambling on horseraces is the cornerstone of the British betting industry.

The two main forms of horse racing in the UK are unobstructed distances races, known as flat racing, and races over fences or over hurdles, known as National Hunt racing. Additionally there is another form of racing which is run on an altogether more informal and ad hoc basis, known as point to point racing.

Point to point is a form of steeplechasing for amateur riders. Like professional racing, it is run under the auspices of the governing and regulatory body for horse-racing in Great Britain, the British Horseracing Authority.

The UK has produced some of the greatest jockeys, including Sir Gordon Richards, usually considered the greatest jockey ever. There are between four and five hundred professional jockeys based in the UK.

Here's a list of notable horse racing events which take place annually in the UK, under the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority.

Group 1


Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
April / May 2,000 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo c&f
April / May 1,000 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo f
May Lockinge Stakes Newbury 1m 4yo+
June Coronation Cup Epsom 1m 4f 10y 4yo+
June Oaks Epsom 1m 4f 10y 3yo f
June Derby Epsom 1m 4f 10y 3yo c&f
June King's Stand Stakes Ascot 5f 3yo+
June St. James's Palace Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo c
June Queen Anne Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+
June Prince of Wales's Stakes Ascot 1m 2f 4yo+
June Gold Cup Ascot 2m 4f 4yo+
June Coronation Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo f
June Golden Jubilee Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+
July Eclipse Stakes Sandown 1m 2f 7y 3yo+
July Falmouth Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+ f
July July Cup Newmarket 6f 3yo+
July King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo+
July / Aug Sussex Stakes Goodwood 1m 3yo+
July / Aug Nassau Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo+ f
August International Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
August Yorkshire Oaks York 1m 4f 3yo+ f
August Nunthorpe Stakes York 5f 2yo+
September Sprint Cup Haydock 6f 3yo+
September St. Leger Stakes Doncaster 1m 6f 132y 3yo c&f
September Fillies' Mile Ascot 1m 2yo f
September Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo+
Sept / Oct Cheveley Park Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo f
Sept / Oct Middle Park Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo c
Sept / Oct Sun Chariot Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+ f
October Dewhurst Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo c&f
October Champion Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo+
October Racing Post Trophy Doncaster 1m 2yo c&f

Group 2


Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
April Sandown Mile Sandown 1m 14y 4yo+
April / May Jockey Club Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 4yo+
May Duke of York Stakes York 6f 3yo+
May Dante Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo
May Yorkshire Cup York 1m 6f 4yo+
May Henry II Stakes Sandown 2m 78y 4yo+
May Temple Stakes Haydock 5f 3yo+
June Coventry Stakes Ascot 6f 2yo
June Windsor Forest Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+ f
June Queen Mary Stakes Ascot 5f 2yo f
June Norfolk Stakes Ascot 5f 2yo
June Ribblesdale Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo f
June King Edward VII Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo c&g
June Hardwicke Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 4yo+
July Lancashire Oaks Haydock 1m 3f 200y 3yo+ f
July Cherry Hinton Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo f
July July Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo c&g
July Princess of Wales's Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo+
July Superlative Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo
July Summer Mile Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+
July York Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
July / Aug Lennox Stakes Goodwood 7f 3yo+
July / Aug Richmond Stakes Goodwood 6f 2yo c&g
July / Aug Vintage Stakes Goodwood 7f 2yo
July / Aug Goodwood Cup Goodwood 2m 3yo+
August Hungerford Stakes Newbury 7f 3yo+
August Lonsdale Cup York 2m 88y 3yo+
August Great Voltigeur Stakes York 1m 4f 3yo c&g
August Gimcrack Stakes York 6f 2yo c&g
August Lowther Stakes York 6f 2yo f
August Celebration Mile Goodwood 1m 3yo+
September Park Hill Stakes Doncaster 1m 6f 132y 3yo+ f
September Doncaster Cup Doncaster 2m 2f 3yo+
September Park Stakes Doncaster 7f 3yo+
September May Hill Stakes Doncaster 1m 2yo f
September Champagne Stakes Doncaster 7f 2yo c&g
September Flying Childers Stakes Doncaster 5f 2yo
September Mill Reef Stakes Newbury 6f 8y 2yo
September Royal Lodge Stakes Ascot 1m 2yo c&g
September Diadem Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+
October Challenge Stakes Newmarket 7f 3yo+
October Princess Royal Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo+ f
October Rockfel Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo f

Group 3


Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
Mar / Apr Lincoln Handicap Doncaster 1m 4yo+
Mar / Apr Rosebery Stakes Kempton 1m 2f 4yo+
April European Free Handicap Newmarket 7f 3yo
April / May Victoria Cup Ascot 7f 4yo+
May Chester Cup Chester 2m 2f 147y 4yo+
006 May Silver Bowl Haydock 1m 30y 3yo
May / June Zetland Gold Cup Redcar 1m 2f 3yo+
June Royal Hunt Cup Ascot 1m 3yo+
June Wokingham Stakes Ascot 1207 6f 3yo+
010 June / July Northumberland Plate Newcastle 2m 19y 3yo+
July Old Newton Cup Haydock 1m 3f 200y 3yo+
July Bunbury Cup Newmarket 7f 3yo+
July John Smith's Cup York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
July / Aug Stewards' Cup Goodwood 6f 3yo+
August Great St. Wilfrid Stakes Ripon 6f 3yo+
August Ebor Handicap York 1m 6f 3yo+
September Portland Handicap Doncaster 5f 140y 3yo+
September Ayr Gold Cup Ayr 6f 3yo+
Sept / Oct Cambridgeshire Handicap Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo+
October Cesarewitch Handicap Newmarket 2m 2f 3yo+
November November Handicap Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo+

Other Horse Racing Events


Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
Mar / Apr Easter Stakes Kempton 1m 3yo c&g
April Feilden Stakes Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo
April Abernant Stakes Newmarket 6f 3yo+
April Blue Riband Trial Stakes Epsom 1m 2f 18y 3yo
April Leicestershire Stakes Leicester 7f 9y 4yo+
April / May Newmarket Stakes Newmarket 2f 3yo c
April / May Pretty Polly Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo f
May Cheshire Oaks Chester 1m 3f 79y 3yo f
May Lingfield Oaks Trial Lingfield 1m 3f 106y 3yo f
May Fillies' Trial Stakes Newbury 1m 2f 6y 3yo f
May Glasgow Stakes Hamilton 1m 3f 16y 3yo c&g
May Cocked Hat Stakes Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo c&g
May Height of Fashion Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo f
May Fairway Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo
May Heron Stakes Sandown 1m 14y 3yo
June Chesham Stakes Ascot 7f 2yo
June Queen Alexandra Stakes Ascot 2m 5f 159y 4yo+
July Super Sprint Trophy Newbury 5f 34y 2yo
July Beeswing Stakes Newcastle 7f 3yo+
August Washington Singer Stakes Newbury 7f 2yo
August March Stakes Goodwood 1m 6f 3yo+
September Stardom Stakes Goodwood 1m 2yo
September Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes Newbury 1m 2yo c&g
October Silver Tankard Stakes Pontefract 1m 4y 2yo
Oct / Nov Zetland Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 2yo


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