Horse Racing World
Welcome to The Horse Racing World, a website dedicated to all things horse racing. Take a look around the site and you will find out everything you need to know about the great sport of horse racing in the UK, Ireland and even further afield.
The objective of The Racing World is to provide a comprehensive resource covering all aspects of the Horse Racing industry. Whether you are new to the sport and just looking to find horse racing fixtures to attend with your friends or a racing enthusiast looking to find up to date form for a forthcoming major meeting, you should find everything that you are looking for around the site.
Horse Racing Information
Live Horse Racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in the UK and Ireland. With at least two fixtures every day of the calendar year (except Good Friday and 23 - 25th December) it is easy to understand why the sport is so popular. There are a total of 61 racecourses in the UK and a further 27 in Ireland. Attending race meetings is a hugely popular pass time with most meetings attracting healthy crowds, particularly at weekends and for the major meetings such as the Grand National, Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot that will attract daily crowds in excess of 60,000 people.
Horse Racing attracts a diverse range of fans from the many famous race horse owners, to people who enoy the social aspect of a day at the races or to those who enjoy the sport spectacle, not forgetting of course those who enjoy betting on horses, available on great sites like Betting Kingdom. Whether you are at the track or watch Racing on TV, betting is something that is synonymous with horse racing as too are the popularity of racing tips as punters and professionals alike attempt to remain one step ahead of the bookmakers as they study the racing form or claim to have inside information from the various racehorse trainers.
The Flat season stretches across the summer months, ensuring better weather than National Hunt, and the prize money is significantly better on the level than over the obstacles. With the advent of All Weather surface course, the flat season is now raced throughout the year.
While National Hunt is more British, Irish and French in nature, Flat racing is a global sport with prestigious meetings held across Europe as well as in the US, who run the ever growing Breeders Cup, Australia, famed for its Melbourne Cup and not forgetting the Middle East and the Far East. The Hong Kong Horse Racing scene is now a lucrative market as is the Dubai World Cup which is the sports richest race and is becoming increasingly popular.
For many of the major connections on the Flat scene, it is a huge business with investments being made in to bloodstock, breeding, purchasing and selling horses, and training. Millions of pounds can change hands for yearlings with good breeding.
National Hunt Racing
National Hunt is the official name for jump racing in both UK and Ireland. Jump meetings are held throughout the year but the season proper runs from October until April. It is during this period when all the big meetings and races take place.
The first big race of the NH season is the Charlie Hall Chase, which takes at Wetherby racecourse at the end of October. Jump races are divided into steeplechasing and hurdling In steeplechases, which are run over distances from 2-4Â½ miles, horses have to jump fixed fences, which are at least 4Â½ft high.
Hurdle races, are run over distances of anything between 2-3Â½m, and usually involve smaller, less rigid obstacles, which are least 3Â½ft high They often collapse when hit by a hurdling horse.
It is fair to say that the National Hunt has a much less glamorous reputation than Flat racing. the prize money on offer is considerably lower, however it is arguably more popular with the average race follower and punter. The National Hunt boasts some of the world's most famous and exciting races, including the Grand National in April and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.