Horse Racing: History and Popular Racecourses in UK

Horse riding has always been a very significant part in the entire human race. Even today, modern automotive machines’ power output is still sometimes measured in terms of “horsepower.” In some countries, horses are still used for manual labour. But these animals are now generally utilised for tourism and other similar purposes. Indeed, no other animal, nor machine, can take the place of horses indefinitely.

History of Horse Racing

Horse racing is arguably one of the oldest sports known to man. It traces back to the ancient civilisations of Greece, Egypt, Syria, and Babylon. Other ancient civilisations like the Roman, Byzantine, as well as Greek, devised and held chariot racing despite the safety risks. In 648 BC, both the regular mounted horse racing and the chariot racing were included in the ancient Greek Olympics. In the fifteenth century until the year 1882, Rome’s spring carnival would culminate with a horse race.

Even in China, Mongolia, and many other places all over the world, horse racing had been a part of their diverse history.

In Great Britain, most of the sport’s rules and regulations were established.

Popular Racecourses in UK

Here are 5 of the most popular racecourses in the UK:

Ascot Racecourse

This is probably one of the most prestigious racecourses in the country, for this is where the Royal Ascot is held, which is consistently attended even by the Queen every single year. It hosts many other major events like the Long Walk Hurdle, Ascot Chase, King Stand Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup, among many others.

The prestigious racecourse can be reached in a little over a 45-minute drive from London

Cheltenham Racecourse

For any National Hunt fan out there, the Cheltenham Festival is something which dared not be missed, for the most renowned National Hunt icons meet in this 4-day event to settle it one again among them on who’s the best out there. It is somehow dubbed as the “Greatest Show on Turf,” and rightly so, for it has been graced by stars like Persian War, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, and Istabraq.

Aintree Racecourse

This racecourse boasts as the venue of The Grand National, which is one of the most viewed sporting events by a staggering viewership of over 600 million from all over the world. It is located just outside of Liverpool.

The Grand National is somehow compared to the Oscars, wherein the best of the best equines and equestrians outrun one another for pride and glory.

York Racecourse

For Flat Racing fans, this one hosts one of the most anticipated events in UK, especially held in August – the Ebor Festival. Another famous race is the Ebor Handicap, which is arguably one of the most challenging handicap races in Europe.

The York racecourse surely knows what prestige means, as this one offers the third highest total prize money offered in UK, and falling second only to the Ascot in terms of prize money given in every meeting.

Newmarket Racecourse

The name is somehow a paradox to the history of the iconic racecourse. It has been hosting racing events since the 1600s, and it is the headquarters of British racing.

For thoroughbred enthusiasts, this one is surely deserving of being in your bucket list, as there are many attractions and perks outside the picturesque racecourse worthy of your time and attention.

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