Like in any competitive sport, there are prestigious wins that everyone aspires to win, whether it is for the prize money or just for the glory that comes with winning and being bae to call your self the best.
Horse racing is no different, there are a number of races that jockeys, trainers, and owners all pour their blood sweat and tears into in hopes to be victorious. Horse racing is a popular sport all over the world and so many countries have prestigious events that give fans thrilling days out and exciting opportunities to bet with the Winners Enclosure, here are a few of the most prestigious races in the world.
The Triple Crown
Although this may not be a singular race, the Triple crown is one of the most desirable successes in the sport and classed as the greatest accomplishment in thoroughbred racing, in order to win the title you must claim victory in three particular races – The 2,000 Guineas Stakes, run at Newmarket Racecourse, The Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse and The St Leger Stakes, at Town Moor. There have only been 12 Triple Crown winners, the most recent to this day being back in 1970. Winning this is no easy task and made even harder by the fact that all three races are for thoroughbreds of three-years of age, putting a clock on your chances to win.
The Grand National
The Grand National is a globally famous event, watched by around 600 million people worldwide. The race is held annually in Aintree, Liverpool, and has some of the best in the business participate in the races, along with horses owned by royalty.
Red Rum is famous for his performance at the Grand National when he was victories at the races for three consecutive years, setting a record that is yet to be beaten, but Tiger Roll has attempted to do so in recent years after he won in 2018 and 2019 but was unable to make an attempt for the record in 2020 due to the event being canceled and a virtual alternative taking its place.
Dubai World Cup
This thoroughbred horse race is a desirable win due to its unmatched prize money, making it the richest horse race in the world. In 2019 the winner of the race – Thunder Snow – took home $7.2 million of the overall $12 million purse and its location leave many unsurprised due to Dubai having a reputation of wealth with the race track surrounded by breathtaking buildings and five-star hotels that look on to the beautiful beach.
The race also earns its prestige due to the involvement of horses that are owned by people in a position of high power, such as the ruler of Dubai being the proud owner of the 2019 winner – Thunder Snow.
There are multiple races in the world that offer big prizes to the winner, but second to the Dubai World Cup is the Breeders Cup in the US which has a purse of $6 million, which is money that some of us couldn’t even imagine, but is simply half of the mass amount of money that is available in Dubai.