UK Horse Racing Fixtures & Meetings

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The UK horse racing year is broken into two different seasons – the flat racing season and the National Hunt Season.

Flat race meetings are held throughout the year but all the major events are held during the warmer months of the year in spring and summer. The most important horse races in the United Kingdom are generally held during prestigious festivals. The most prestigious racing festivals during the UK flat racing season are the QIPCO Guineas Festival, the Royal Ascot Festival, the St.Leger Meeting and British Champions Day.

The most popular races during the UK racing season are the British Classic Races. These races are run once a year and are restricted to three-year-old horses. The five British Classic Races are: 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. Most horses that succeed in these races are retired at the end of their three-year-old season but in recent years horses like Frankel have continued to race as four-year-olds.

The National Hunt Season runs in the colder months of the year from November to April. While there are a number of important jumps races earlier in the season the main events of the National Hunt season are the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National Meeting.

The Cheltenham Festival features over ten Grade 1 events with the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup the most prestigious races. The Grand National, run during the Festival at Aintree, is the most watched horse race in the United Kingdom and is beamed to seventy countries all around the world.

Below we have listed the Group 1 flat horse racing fixtures and the Grade 1 jump racing fixtures for the United Kingdom and Irish Horse Racing 2013 racing season. Make sure you don’t miss any of the major events!

Below we've listed the Group 1 flat horse racing fixtures and the most important jump racing fixtures, for UK and Irish Horse Racing until the end of 2010. Please feel to contact us if you feel we have forgotten anything!

Rows highlighted in green indicate a Racing Festival.

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2013 Horse Racing Events

Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
January 2013

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
19th of January, 2013 Great Britain Ascot Victor Chandler Chase
- Ireland Leopardstown Arkle Novice Chase
- Ireland Leopardstown Irish Champion Hurdle
- Ireland Leopardstown MCR Hurdle

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
February 2013

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
2nd of February, 2013 Great Britain Ascot Betfair Ascot Chase Day
- Ireland Leopardstown Hennessy Gold Cup

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
March 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
15-18 Mar Great Britain Cheltenham The Cheltenham Festival
15 Mar Great Britain Cheltenham Champion Hurdle
16 Mar Great Britain Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase
17 Mar Great Britain Cheltenham World Hurdle
18 Mar Great Britain Cheltenham Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
April 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
7-9 Apr Great Britain Aintree The Grand National Festival
9 Apr Great Britain Aintree The Grand National
25 Apr Ireland Fairyhouse Irish Grand National
- Great Britain Ayr The Scottish National Festival
- Great Britain Ayr The Scottish Grand National
- Great Britain Ayr Scottish Champion Hurdle
- Great Britain Ayr Future Champion Novices' Chase
- Great Britain Sandown Park Gold Cup Chase

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
May 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
3-7 May Ireland Punchestown Punchestown Festival
5-6 May Great Britain Newmarket Stan James Guineas Festival
5 May Great Britain Newmarket 2,000 Guineas Stakes
6 May Great Britain Newmarket 1,000 Guineas Stakes
- Great Britain Newbury Lockinge Stakes
- Ireland Curragh Gold Cup
- Ireland Curragh Irish 1,000 Guineas
- Ireland Curragh Irish 2,000 Guineas

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
June 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
3-4 Jun Great Britain Epsom Downs Investec (Epsom) Derby Festival
3 Jun Great Britain Epsom Downs Coronation Cup
3 Jun Great Britain Epsom Downs Epsom Oaks
4 Jun Great Britain Epsom Downs Epsom Derby
14-18 Jun Great Britain Ascot Royal Ascot Festival
14 Jun Great Britain Ascot Kind's Stand Stakes
14 Jun Great Britain Ascot Queen Anne Stakes
14 Jun Great Britain Ascot St James' Palace Stakes
15 Jun Great Britain Ascot Prince of Wales' Stakes
16 Jun Great Britain Ascot Ascot Gold Cup
17 Jun Great Britain Ascot Coronation Stakes
18 Jun Great Britain Ascot Golden Jubilee Stakes
- Ireland Curragh Irish Derby
- Ireland Curragh Pretty Polly Stakes

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
July 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
- Great Britain Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
- Great Britain Newmarket The July Festival
- Great Britain Newmarket Falmouth Stakes
- Great Britain Newmarket July Cup
- Great Britain Sandown Park Eclipse Stakes
- Great Britain Goodwood Glorious Goodwood Festival
- Great Britain Goodwood Sussex Stakes
- Great Britain Goodwood Nassau Stakes
- Ireland Galway Galway Hurdle
- Ireland Galway Galway Plate
- Ireland Curragh Irish Oaks

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
August 2011

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
- Ireland Curragh Keeneland Phoenix Stakes
17-20 Aug United Kingdom York Yorkshire Ebor Festival
17 Aug United Kingdom York International Stakes
18 Aug United Kingdom York Yorkshire Oaks
19 Aug United Kingdom York Nunthorpe Stakes
20 Aug United Kingdom York Ebor Handicap
- Ireland Curragh Moyglare Stud Stakes

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
September 2010

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
7-10 Sep United Kingdom Doncaster St Leger Festival
9 Sep United Kingdom Doncaster Doncaster Cup
10 Sep United Kingdom Doncaster St Leger Stakes
- United Kingdom Haydock Park Betfred Sprint Cup
- Ireland Leopardstown Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes
- Ireland Leopardstown Irish Champion Stakes
- Ireland Curragh Irish St Leger
- United Kingdom Ayr Ayr Gold Cup Festival
- United Kingdom Ayr Ayr Gold Cup
- United Kingdom Ayr Firth of Clyde Stakes
- United Kingdom Ascot Fillies' Mile
- United Kingdom Ascot Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
- United Kingdom Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
October 2010

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
1 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Cheveley Park Stakes
1 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Middle Park Stakes
2 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Sun Chariot Stakes
16 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Champions Day
16 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Cesarewitch Handicap
16 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Champion Stakes
16 Oct United Kingdom Newmarket Dewhurst Stakes
22-23 Oct United Kingdom Doncaster Racing Post Trophy Meeting
23 Oct United Kingdom Doncaster Racing Post Trophy

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
November 2010

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
12-14 Nov United Kingdom Cheltenham The Open
15 Nov United Kingdom Cheltenham Paddy Power Gold Cup
16 Nov United Kingdom Cheltenham Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
20 Nov United Kingdom Haydock Park Betfair Chase
25-27 Nov United Kingdom Newbury The Winter Festival
27 Nov United Kingdom Newcastle Fighting Fifth Hurdle
27 Nov United Kingdom Newbury Hennessy Gold Cup

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Horse Racing Events Starting and/or Taking Place in
December 2010

Date/s Racecourse Event/Festival
3-4 Dec United Kingdom Sandown Park Tingle Creek Meeting
4 Dec United Kingdom Sandown Park Tingle Creek Chase
18 Dec United Kingdom Ascot Christmas Long Walk Hurdle
26-27 Dec United Kingdom Kempton Park William Hill Winter Festival
26-29 Dec Ireland Leopardstown Christmas Festival of Racing
- Ireland Leopardstown Lexus Chase
- Ireland Leopardstown December Festival Hurdle
26 Dec United Kingdom Kempton Park Christmas Hurdle
26 Dec United Kingdom Kempton Park King George VI Chase
27 Dec United Kingdom Chepstow Coral Welsh National

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