Nov 5 2012

Top 5 Horse Racing Events Around The World





1. The Kentucky Derby (USA)

The two-week Kentucky Derby festival is capped off by the ‘Run for the Roses’ race, held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

The race kicks off the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is the most iconic horse race in the United States, brimming with traditions, such as the Mint Julep cocktail, and

Ultra-rich and über-glamorous guests fill the box seats, referred to ‘Millionaire Row’, but the cheaper admission price spectator area is always buzzing and heaving with punters who love to party.

DEAL:

From $215* per person, stay three nights at the 3-star Ramada Limited Inn and Suites in a King Bed Room.

This deal is valid for travel from May 5 to June 30, 2013.

Must be booked before November 30, 2012.

 2. Royal Ascot (UK)

Royal Ascot is probably the world’s most famous race meeting, held in Berkshire across five days in June.

Royal Ascot has been part of the racing calendar since 1711 and is truly a place to mix with the upper classes of society, who come dressed in their top hat and tails to watch a series of 16 group races.

Around 300,000 punters pass the turnstiles over the five-day event, making it the world’s best attended race meeting. Keep an eye out for the Queen and the Royal Family, who arrive at the same time every day.

 DEAL:

From $349* per person twin share, this deal includes four nights accommodation at the 3-star Aloft London Excel in an Aloft Guestroom, with breakfast daily and return transfers.

The deal is valid for travel from May 1 to July 4, 2013.

Must be booked before November 30, 2012.

3. Japan Cup (ASIA)

Bet you never guessed that the Japanese would be into horse racing, but the Japan Cup ranks as one of most prestigious end-of-year events in racing.

The Cup, which held is at the Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu at the end of November, only started in 1981, but has established itself quickly as an international contest.

The Japan Racing Association established it is an international invitational race to encourage local racehorses to have the opportunity to complete alongside horses of a global calibre.

DEAL:

From $169* per person twin share, you can stay three nights’ accommodation at the three-star Sunlite Shinjuku in a Standard Room.

This deal is valid for travel from May 1 to June 30, 2013.  

Must be booked before November 30, 2012.

4. Dubai World Cup (MIDDLE EAST)

The Dubai Cup at Mayden Racecourse is a relatively new addition to the race calendar, but is rumoured to be the richest horse racing events in the world.

The initial race meeting in 1996 put the United Arab Emirates on the map as offering one of the most challenging tracks and since then, has the state-of-the-art racetrack has drawn attention from millions around the world.

Dubai’s melting pot of culture and mind-boggling wealth provides a glamorous international atmosphere, while fashion plays a huge part at various trackside events.

 DEAL:

From $225 * per person, this deal includes two nights’ accommodation at the 3-star Howard Johnson Bur Dubai hotel, breakfast daily, arrival and departure transfers by coach and a Dubai city tour with English-speaking guide.

The deal is valid for travel from March 1 to April 30, 2013.

Valid for sale until April 30, 2013.

  5. Canadian International Stakes (NORTH AMERICA)

The Canadian International Stakes brings together the greatest thoroughbred horses, jockeys and trainers from around the world to compete at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack.

This relatively well-known event is held annually in October and has been instrumental in establishing North America’s racing reputation.

DEAL:

From $669* per person twin share, stay two nights’ at the 3-star Holiday Inn Toronto and two nights at the 3-star Crowne Plaza Fallsview in Niagara, plus enjoy a two-hour sightseeing tour of Toronto and a five-hour excursion to Niagara Falls.

The deal is valid for travel from September 2 until October 14, 2013.

Valid for sale until December 31, 2012.

 For bookings and details, phone Flight Centre to speak to a consultant on    1300 939 414       or see flightcentre.com.au.

 

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