Date - March 17, 2018

Big Races

In this section takes a look at the overall history of the big races that have shaped the pattern system for Ireland and the UK and have defined horse racing’s champions. From the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, York’s Ebor meeting, Newbury’s Winter Festival and Kempton’s King George VI Chase, gives you insight into the famous winners that have made these races so prestigious.

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Big Race History: Irish Champion Hurdle

In June 2017, Leopardstown Racecourse announced that it would be hosting the jumps equivalent to the Irish Champions Weekend, with the Irish Champion Hurdle and Irish Gold Cup taking place over two stellar afternoons in early February.

The Irish Champion… Read More

Big Race History: King George VI Chase

Undoubtedly the King George VI Chase, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, has become the Crown Jewel in British Steeplechasing’s first half of the season.

That underlines how misjudged the Jockey Club’s announcement that it wanted to sell… Read More

Big Race History: Ladbrokes Trophy

2017 sees the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.

The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how… Read More

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