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Major UK horseracing meetings not to be missed from May 2021 onwards

Horse racing meetings / fixtures 2021
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Steeped in tradition, British horseracing is where it all began, dating back to the 12th Century after the English knights returned from the Crusades with prized Arab horses.

The well heeled of the mid 1700s established the first meetings at Newmarket, with those meetings founding the Jockey Club, which oversaw all British horse racing, as it does today.

Here at FirstforNews.com we will be covering the sport of kings with the style it deserves, bringing you the first class commentary and the best insider tips from our experts.

The Oaks and Epsom Derby 4 – 5 June 2021: Prize fund  £1.125,000

Fancy a flutter? Be sure not to miss the 2021 Oaks and Epsom Derby on 4th and 5th June, we have brought you some great line ups and prior to the event we will be refining our tips.

The Derby attracts world class horses, trainers and jockeys over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards. Contestants are limited to three-year-old colts, carrying 9st (57.15kg) and fillies carrying 8st 11lb (55.79kg) competing in a slight uphill climb of circa 60m, around the height of Nelson’s Column.

The 2000 Guineas, the Epsom 2-day event, The Oaks Ladies Day and the main event, the Epsom Derby and St Ledger events make up “The Triple Crown”. The 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks are only open to fillies, whilst the Derby tends to be colts, although not exclusively.

The Oaks Stakes is a Group 1 flat race open to three-year-old fillies. It is run at Epsom Downs over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards, It is the second-oldest of the five Classic races, after the St Leger. Officially the Investec Oaks, it is also popularly known as simply The Oaks.

Trainer, Aidan O’Brien has several runners this year, he was the first to win three Derbys in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Our hopeful this year is O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet generally at 15/2 or Mohaafeth, in superb form at 7/1.

Royal Ascot, Surrey, 15 – 19 June 2021Prince of Wales Stakes – £1,000,000 and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes: Prize fund – £1,000,000

British horseracing fixtures / meetings 2021.  Generic picture of a racehorse at Royal Ascot
Ascot,

Royal Ascot is the premier flat race of the season, a meeting like no other, crowds of up to 12,000 on the site are permitted to watch the event live. Prior to covid, there were more like 300,000 attending live over the four-days.

Chief Executive of Ascot, Guy Henderson, said: “We are delighted that Royal Ascot has been accepted to play its part in the next phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme. Our thanks go to our industry bodies, the British Horseracing Authority and the Racecourse Association, which led the preparation of the submission to Government”.

The 4-day action packed world class event features the Queen Anne Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, and Gold Cup. All 4-days are attended by The Queen herself. Ladies day, the Gold Cup is on 17th June.

DayRace NameGradeDistanceAge Sex:
TuesdayQueen Anne StakesGroup 11m4yo +
TuesdayCoventry StakesGroup 26f2yo only
TuesdayKing’s Stand StakesGroup 15f3yo +
TuesdaySt James’s Palace StakesGroup 11m3yo Colts
TuesdayAscot StakesHandicap2m 4f4yo +
TuesdayWolferton StakesListed1m 2f4yo +
TuesdayBuckingham Palace StakesHandicap7f3yo +
WednesdayJersey StakesGroup 37f3yo only
WednesdayQueen Mary Stakes Group 25f2yo onlyFillies
WednesdayDuke of Cambridge StakesGroup 21m4yo Fillies & mares
WednesdayPrince of Wales’s StakesGroup 11m 2f4yo +
WednesdayRoyal Hunt CupHandicap1m3yo +
WednesdaySandringham StakesHandicap1m3yo Fillies
ThursdayNorfolk StakesGroup 25f2yo only
ThursdayHampton Court StakesGroup 31m 2f3yo only
ThursdayRibblesdale StakesGroup 21m 4f3yo onlyFillies
ThursdayGold CupGroup 12m 4f4yo +
ThursdayBritannia StakesHandicap1m3yoColts and geldings
ThursdayKing George V StakesHandicap1m 4f3yo only
FridayAlbany StakesGroup 36f2yo onlyFillies
FridayKing Edward VII StakesGroup 21m 4f3yo CG only
FridayCommonwealth CupGroup 16f3yo only
FridayCoronation StakesGroup 11m3yo F only
FridayDuke of Edinburgh StakesHandicap1m 4f3yo +
FridayQueen’s VaseGroup 21m 6f3yo only
SaturdayChesham StakesListed7f2yo only
SaturdayWindsor Castle StakesListed5f2yo only
SaturdayHardwicke StakesGroup 21m 4f4yo +
SaturdayDiamond Jubilee StakesGroup 16f4yo +
SaturdayWokingham StakesHandicap6f3yo +
SaturdayQueen Alexandra StakesConditions2m 5f 159y4yo +

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Coral Eclipse Summer Festival, Sandown Park, Surrey, 2-3 July 2021 Eclipse Stakes – Prize fund: £750,000

The Sandown Park Group 1 event is another great meeting, named after the 18 time winner, Eclipse, taking 18 wins from 18 starts. Open to horses of 3 years and older The Eclipse Stakes, has served up memorable winners such as Roaring Lion with Ghaiyyath’s, effortless 2020 victory and monster stride to go with it.

The Sandown course was established in 1886 and at that time, it was Britain’s richest ever race.

The QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend, Ascot, Surrey, 23-24 July 2021King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Prize fund: £1,250,000

Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, Ascot is probably the most well known meeting worldwide, attracting royalty and elites from across the globe. Lester Piggott holds the record, with an impressive 116 victories at Ascot.

Less formal than the Royal Ascot event, this mid-summer showcase, The King George weekend is Britain’s prestigious flat race, attracting world class horses and jockeys. This mid-season championship that has been going for near on 70-years, with the first race in 1951, when the King George VI Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes we joined up to make the event.

Group One race is for horses of both sexes, 3 years old and above competing over the Derby distance of 1.5 miles.

Glorious Goodwood “Qatar Goodwood Festival”, West Sussex, 27-31 July 2021: Prize fund – £1,000,000

With panoramic views of the Sussex Downs looking north and with Chichester to the south, the Goodwood Racecourse lives up to its name, hosting world class horseracing on the flat for over 200 years. The first meeting was in 1802, the year after the third Duke of Richmond’s private race meeting hosted for Goodwood Hunt members and officers of the Royal Sussex Militia Artillery.

The 5-day event with 14 action-packed races in the height of the Sussex summer sun, this fabulous event is the one not to be missed.

DayRace Name TypeGradeDistanceAgeSex
TuesdayMolecomb StakesFlatGroup 35f2yo only
TuesdayLennox StakesFlatGroup 27f3yo +
WednesdayVintage StakesFlatGroup 27f2yo only
WednesdayGordon StakesFlatGroup 31m 4f3yo only
WednesdaySussex StakesFlatGroup 11m3yo +
ThursdayRichmond StakesFlatGroup 26f2yo only
ThursdayLillie Langtry StakesFlatGroup 21m 6f3yo + fFillies & mares only
ThursdayGoodwood CupFlatGroup 12m3yo +
FridayOak Tree StakesFlatGroup 37f3yo + fFillies & mares only
FridayKing George StakesFlatGroup 25f3yo +
Friday Thoroughbred StakesFlatGroup 31m3yo only
FridayGlorious StakesFlatGroup 31m 4f4yo +
SaturdayStewards’ CupFlatHandicap6f3yo +
SaturdayNassau StakesFlatGroup 11m 1f 192y3yo + fFillies & mares only

King Edward VII introduced a more relaxed dress for Goodwood, which led to Panama hats becoming a signature look.

The Goodwood estate is also home of action packed motorsports, with the Festival of Speed taking place from 8th – 11th July 2021.

Ebor Festival, York, Yorkshire, 18-21 August 2021: Juddmonte Stakes Prize Fund: £1,000,000

The Ebor Festival is the historic four-day major meetings of the flat racing season. The festival kicks off on Wednesday 18th August 2021 with the Group 1 Juddmonte International race, the Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Acomb Stakes.

Thursday is Ladies Day, featuring the Lowther Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

Friday is Nunthorpe Day, with the Nunthorpe Stakes, the Gimcrack Stakes and the Strensall Stakes.

Saturday is the big day, Ebor Day, with the Ebor Handicap and the Lonsdale Cup.

St. Leger Festival, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 8-11 September 2021 St. Leger: Prize fund – £700,000

The St. Leger event was devised by Anthony St Leger, an army officer and politician who lived near Doncaster. Initially known as “A Sweepstake of 25 Guineas”, and its original distance was two miles, the rules stipulated that colts and geldings were to carry 8 stone (c50.8kg) and fillies have an allowance of 2lb.

Galileo Chroma’s victory last year rewarded trainer, Joseph O’Brien, with the honour of becoming the second man in history to have won the race as both trainer and jockey.

The race came to national prominence in 1800, with a runner named Champion securing the first Derby St Leger double. Its length was cut to 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 193 yards in 1813, and despite some minor alterations has remained much the same ever since.

Day one is Leger Legends Day kicks off with retired celebrities returning to action in the feature event, a charity race on the straight mile.

Day two is Ladies Day, attracting glitzy Yorkshire ladies with the stakes set high for a best dressed competition with generous prizes to be won.

Day three is Donny’s Day, featuring the Doncaster Cup, the oldest race currently run under the rules of horse racing.

Day 4 is the penultimate day and biggest of the week with the world’s oldest classic horceracing event, the Cazoo St. Leger Stakes.

British Champions Day, Ascot, Surrey, 16 October 2021 Champions Stakes – £1,300,000

The final day of the British Flat season Champions Day is the highlight fixture of British flat racing, a culmination of the British Champions Series and features the finals of the five divisions of the series, together with a valuable one-mile handicap race.

Race Name: GradeDistanceAgeSex
British Champions Long Distance CupGroup 22m3yo +Any
British Champions Sprint StakesGroup 16f3yo +Any
British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ StakesGroup 11m 4f3yo + FMFillies & Mares
Queen Elizabeth II StakesGroup 11m3yo +Any
Champion StakesGroup 11m 2f3yo +Any
Balmoral HandicapHandicap1m3yo +Any

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