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A Journey Around the World to Explore Horse Racing Hotspots

Date: 11/24/2022

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world, and its popularity knows no bounds. From the UK to the Philippines and beyond, horse racing events are a major draw for locals and tourists alike.

Indeed, it is a sport that also continues to attract a number of sports betting enthusiasts, too, with many enjoying a flutter whenever some of the biggest race meets and festivals take place around the world. And, with some rather incredible bonuses including the 1xbet promotional code Philippines bettors can utilize on their favorite races, thus enhancing the festivals and meets that they are interested in!

So, if you're looking to explore some of the most popular horse racing destinations around the world, read on! 

The UK: Home of Ascot & The Grand National

Horse racing is deeply embedded in UK culture; it's a national pastime that has been around since the 18th century. While there are many different racecourses throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, two of the most popular races take place at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire and Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The former hosts one of the most prestigious flat-racing events - Royal Ascot - while the latter hosts one of the most famous steeplechases—the Grand National. Both are major attractions for both locals and tourists alike.

The Philippines: An Unconventional Venue for Horse Racing Lovers

The Philippines may not be traditionally known for horse racing but that hasn't stopped it from developing into one of Asia's premier destinations for equestrian sports enthusiasts. The country currently boasts four major racetracks which hold various events throughout the year; San Lazaro Leisure Park in Metro Manila; Santa Ana Park in Naic Cavite; Metro Turf International Racetrack in Malvar Batangas; and PRCI-Bacolod Race Track at Bacolod City Negros Occidental. Races range from thoroughbreds to quarter horses so there is something for everyone!

Australia & New Zealand: Where Track Records Are Broken

Australia and New Zealand have also embraced horse racing as part of their cultural identity. In Australia alone, there are more than 400 racecourses throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and even Darwin in Northern Territory! Some of these courses host some major races throughout the year including Melbourne Cup Carnival (Victoria), Sydney Cup Day (New South Wales), Brisbane Cup Day (Queensland), Adelaide Cup Day (South Australia), and Perth Cup Day (Western Australia). Meanwhile, across in NZ, they hold some very exciting races over the summer such as Karaka Million (Auckland) and Wellington Stakes (Wellington).

United States & Canada

The United States and Canada are home to some of the biggest horse racing events in the world. The Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous races in America, drawing huge crowds every year. Other major races include The Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, both part of the Triple Crown Series which takes place annually from early May through early June. Other notable tracks in North America include Santa Anita Park in California, Saratoga Race Course in New York, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, and Gulfstream Park in Florida, and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.


Whether you're an avid fan or just looking to experience a new form of entertainment while traveling abroad – why not give horse racing a go? From Royal Ascot to Santa Ana Park – each venue offers something unique when it comes to this beloved sport.

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