Free Racing Tips preferred travel partner, Racing Breaks, offer a fantastic range of horse racing packages around the world, but here are the Top 5 upcoming racing events and festivals in 2019.
The Cheltenham Festival is the zenith of the National Hunt season that provides an unrivalled buzz as 250,000 people descend onto the beautiful Cotswold Hills over four days of scintillating action in March. Champions are decided, heroes are made, and reputations are left in ruins as the finest horses, jockeys, and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours and nearly £4m of prize money.
The Racing Breaks Lounge is the perfect place to be based throughout the day and provides a comfortable and relaxing environment to take the weight off your feet without missing out on any of the action. Throughout the week, various racing pundits and celebrities will visit the Lounge and deliver their predictions and tips for the upcoming races. Every morning before the races enjoy in depth analysis and tips from some of the racing industry’s biggest names. Hosted by Rachel Wyse, one of Sky Sports most recognisable personalities, the preview will also hear from Grand National winning jockey, Mick Fitzgerald, World famous golfer Lee Westwood, 2008 Gold Cup winner Sam Thomas and Radio Legend Alan Brazil.
The Punchestown Festival is a must for any keen national hunt racing fan – if you have experienced the buzz of the Cheltenham Festival then you will love its Irish counterpart! The racecourse itself is situated just outside Dublin and neighbours closely to the town of Naas. There are plenty of hotels in the surrounding area which makes it very easy to get back and forth from the racecourse and Naas if you want to continue your evening and experience more of the local scene!
The Irish take their racing seriously… they know how to make a day of it. As you can imagine, the Guinness flows from start to finish and the racegoers are mad for a punt. This is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting calendar and one to definitely tick off the list.
The Velka Pardubicka is a race like no other and stands as a real test for the horses and jockeys. The race takes place every October and is run over 4 miles with a challenging 31 obstacles. This trip is perfect for a group or couples who want to experience the delights of the beautiful city of Prague and witness this incredible cross country spectacle. There is also an option to be part of the Racing Breaks box where you can enjoy hospitality throughout the day. Packages include direct flights to Prague, a two night stay at your choice of hotel, racecourse transfers, and tickets to the Velka Pardubicka. There is also the option to add a traditional Folklore Dinner which is great fun for all, with traditional Czech food, drink, and some traditional music and dancing!
Next on the list is none other than the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. This is one of the biggest races in the world with a peak of 12 million tuning in around the world to watch live on TV. So why not be there on the day to experience this incredible, testing and nail-biting race from the side of the course? The horses take on 30 fences which are like no other measuring up to 5ft 2in in height and they are some width too! Situated in Liverpool, the Grand National Festival is three days of great fun to be had with a group of friends or family with the racecourse only a short train journey outside the city centre.
A new festival in the calendar and one which is the perfect chance to kick start some of the big race meetings in Ireland 2019. The Festival takes place at Leopardstown racecourse just outside the capital, Dublin. Immerse yourself in the races that have produced icones of jumps racing; Samcro, Supasundae, Arkle, Hurricane Fly and many more. Witness new heroes as they emerge and watch the best talent from Ireland and Britain fight it out for two massive titles – The Unibet Irish Gold Cup and the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle.
This Festival combines the best that the city has to offer over one weekend – join the party for the best of Dublin culture, music, fashion, food and jump racing that will compare to nothing you have experienced before. With a selection of hotels to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.
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