The races are globally known fashion bonanza. It has always been about who is best dressed between the ladies but know it seems as if it is an integral aspect of the races and that without the high fashion the races seize to exist. Expensive and couture fashion houses are put to work (hard work) to create custom dresses for race attenders so that no two people will have the same dress. Milliners will create costly extravagant and sometimes silly hats that are synonymous with lady’s fashion at the races. It is truly a fashion show among the aroma of horse manure and sweaty horse betters. There are some races that attract more attraction than others for their fashion and they have specific ‘ladies days’ set out.  This is a day where the ladies put on their best dresses, hats, high heels and get their hair professionally done in a bid to be crowned the best dressed as well as take

in the racing. On ladies’ day the women usually enter the often-expensive races free of charge. Ladies’ Day at the races is still a major event for almost every racecourse globally. From Dubai to London, Ladies Day is the most highly marketed event of the year for a racecourse. Ladies day will typically combine the biggest and fiercest horse races on the calendar with the chance to get dressed up and to win the of ‘best dressed lady’ just for looking good. Many racecourses offer huge luxurious prizes for the winner and for the runners up as not everyone is a winner. Ladies’ Day can seem very intimidating for outsiders. Many beautifully-dressed women in expensive designer dresses accompanied by their male counterparts donning three-piece suits. Some Ladies Days will be more well-known than others. As you can guess the well-known race days will have very a fierce competition between newbies and veteran fashion lovers alike. The Grand National Ladies’…

Betting has been a ‘pastime’ for the rich ever since the Victorian Ages in Britain when the first pub came to be. The wealthy would bet on which dog to kill the most rats in the shortest amount of time in a sport called ‘ratting’. It was a very gruesome and violent game that encouraged animal cruelty but with little rules and regulations being put in place in that time it was not a bother to anybody. Betting can quickly become addictive. The thrill of ‘almost’ winning each time is what pushes the individual do keep wanting to bet more and more. If you are considering starting to bet on horse races, then you may be concerned about how much more dangerous it is than any other types of betting.  There is always a risk as with all types but the risk of becoming addicted is much higher with horse racing because you will believe that a specific horse has

all the power in the world because it has won once. Horses do not get affected by emotions and so they are likened to machines that can keep going on and on. In comparison to a footballer if his girlfriend leaves him he is more susceptible to feeling pain and gloom thus performing less on the field. Betting on horse races is not much different to any other type of betting with regards to addiction. It is just as easy to start to enjoy the thrill of the risk and winning as it is with any other type of gambling and so there is no added danger. Getting carried away can be a risk with all types of gambling. The risk of spending more money more so present with horse betting due to the caliber of the sport. Horse betting is a past time known for the upper-class society who have money to spend and money to lose. They never…

The 21st century population lives by a notion of ‘if it doesn't function as it should bin it’. This way of life doesn't do much for humanity as people then begin to apply such viewpoints improperly. Marriages end up in divorce because either partner feels as the other has a flaw that can never be corrected. On a less, emotional basis if someone doesn’t like the streaming app they use they can quickly go onto their app store and download another. This ditch and dive mentality has given rise to capitalism and to animal cruelty in the horse racing world. This horse is interbred and born only for the sole purpose of being ridden and raced for the entertainment of others and the increasing of money for some. Horse racing is a dark sport that many are not aware of. When the perfect breed of horse is born you would expect that they are given a time to develop into strong fully

horses at least. This is certainly not the case. Many thoroughbred horses start racing when they are way too young. These animals start racin when they’re still babies. Imagine the stress and pressure on their underdeveloped bones as they are pounded and stressed with the high stakes on track. Not many know that these horses perish horribly on the racetrack very often. The deaths of the horses are usually a traumatic gruesome mess of tangled limbs, fractured bones and broken spines. Some race courses are even known for the level of danger associated with them. Aintree is a famous racecourse in Liverpool but is also known as one of the deadliest horse racing courses in the world. The infamous Becher’s Brook is known by experts and amateurs alike to be the world’s most dangerous jump and even though numerous fatalities have occurred because of the jump, authorities continue to refuse its removal. If the horses do not die…

Whether you’re a dedicated horse lover or not, you can’t help but admire the majesty and beauty of these gentle giants. The connection between humans and horses dates back thousands of years, with these animals being depicted in some of the earliest human artworks found in Lascaux in France. Horses have enriched humans’ lives for a long time and in many different ways, acting as transport, entertainment and companions as well as much more. Here we’ll take a look at the principal ways in which horses have helped humans over thousands of years living side by side. Transport One of the main ways in which humans have utilised the horse is as a form of transport. Horses are faster and stronger than humans and can keep moving for much longer then we can. They don’t need much sleep, only 4-5 hours a night, and once they’ve been trained properly, are fairly easy to keep control of. They can also be boarded overnight in unfamiliar stables;

this is an important point as a lot of other animals large enough to use as human transport won’t accept this. Although they can be fussy eaters, their main diet of grass, hay and grain exists in most of the world and they will always enjoy a nutritious fruit or vegetable treat with relish. War After transport, one of the most common ways humans have used horses over the years is in human warfare. For many years, if you could get hold of and train a good warhorse, then you’d have a height, speed and strength advantage over your enemy’s foot soldiers. Horses have been used to charge the enemy, reconnaissance the battle ground or enemy’s position, raid enemy camps, send communications and supplies, and to carry out rescue missions. Their unique relationship with people has led to them being recognised for their bravery with special medals and being remembered as loyal friends on the…

In the world of competition and there will always be someone who will be crowned the best by the masses. This

fact is the same for horse racing. Some races are infamous for causing hairs to stand and goosebumps to raise. (more…)

Horse racing is a much-loved Ancient sport enjoyed by the rich and higher societies of the 21st century.  The unparalleled sport has Central Asian origins serving specifically from the nomads of that time

who had managed to domesticate horses. Humans have always liked showing off that they are better than others and so with the combined domestication of horses came the sport of horse racing. (more…)

Horse racing, often referred to as “the sport of kings,” has been a popular sport since the times of Ancient Greece with records of horse racing dating back to 648 BC. Fast Forward to today and the gambling industry surrounding horse racing is worth more than $115 million. While it is often the jockeys who receive the plaudits for winning races, there have been some horses that have gained legendary status over the years. It is them, after all, who do all of the running and jumping, and the jockeys would not become famous without their trusty steed. Winning Three Consecutive Gold Cups Arkle is one of the most famous horses in the world and is widely regarded as one of the best horses to have ever lived. An Irish Thoroughbred, Arkle was born on April 19 in 1957 and lived a healthy life until his death on May 31, 1970. The

horse was owned by Anne Grosvenor, the Duchess of Westminster, was trained by Tom Dreaper and ridden throughout his career by Pat Taaffe. Arkle raced 35 times during his career, winning 27 of those races, finishing second twice and third three times, which is a phenomenal record. Arkle won three consecutive Gold Cups in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He also won the King George VI Chase, Irish Grand National, Leopardstown Chase, Whitbread Cup, Gallagher Gold Cup, Punchestown Gold Cup, Powers Gold Cup and the SGB Handicap Chase. Timeform gave Arkle a rating of 212, which is still the highest-ever rating given to a steeplechaser. Red Rum Made the Grand National His Own Red Rum was another horse that was a Thoroughbred Steeplechaser and one that was guaranteed to go down in history as one of the greatest horses that ever lived after he won the Grand national three times, in 1973, 1974 and 1977 while finishing second in 1975 and 1976. The Grand National is regarded as one…

Some horse racing meetings are steeped in history and tradition dating back several decades and sometimes up to a century and that is part of their appeal to the public. Others, however, seem to capture the imagination of horse racing fans even though they have not been on the scene for a long period of time, at least in the grand scheme of things. The Breeders’ Cup Championships first appeared on the American horse racing calendar as early ago as 1984. Until 2006, the Breeders’ Cup Championships took place over a single day, but switched to a two-day format from 2007 to present day. Originally, the Breeders’ Cup was created to cap off the North American horse racing calendar. It was initially met with much skepticism from prominent members of the horse racing community, yet it quickly became one of the most popular horse racing festivals in the world. Thanks to the huge purses

on offer, the Breeders’ Cup Championships held the title of the richest turf festival in the world for several year before the Dubai World Cup Night entered the fray. When the Breeders’ Cup expanded to two days, the first day was dedicated to female horses with day two used for colts and geldings. In 2007, the first year of the expansion, there was a staggering $25 million worth of purses up for grabs with $20 million awarded on the second day. Either Churchill Downs or Santa Anita Park hosted the Breeders’ Cup from 2008 through to 2014 with Keeneland hosting the 2015 edition. A year later, Santa Anita hosted the Breeders’ Cup for a record ninth time. Del Mar in California was chosen to host the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. The 13 Breeders’ Cup Championship Races only allow a maximum of 14 starters which often means each of the races are contested by some of the best and fastest horses on the planet. Horse owners from all…

Horse racing meetings are extremely popular around the world and America is no different with several major meets taking place every year where owners and jockeys can win vast sums of money, while punters hope to back the first horse past the finishing post. One of the more popular American race meetings is the world famous Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is an annual event held in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday of May. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three year old Thoroughbreds at the Churchill Down and it is a fitting ending race for the two week long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is one of the richest horse races in the world with a $2 million purse and a cool $1,425,000 being awarded to the first place finisher. To keep the playing field level, colts and geldings have to carry 126 pounds while fillies carry 121 pounds.

Americans call the Kentucky Derby “the most exciting two minutes in sports” as the horses make it around the 1.25 mile course in approximately two minutes. Secretariat holds the record for the fastest completion of the Kentucky Derby, winning the race in 1:59.4 minutes in 1973. The Kentucky Derby has run over the same 1.25 miles distance since 1896; races prior to this year ran over 1.5 miles. An estimated crowd of more than 10,000 people watched the inaugural Kentucky Derby in 1875 and it was a colt names Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis, who romped home to victory. The Kentucky Derby became part of a so called Triple Crown after thoroughbred owners began sending their successful Derby horses to compete in the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races, doing so in 1919, and 11 years later Gallant Fox became the second horse to complete the Triple Crown of American horse racing. Northern Dancer held the…

The Grand National

There are few events that can match a live horse race for excitement and exhilaration and even fewer that can rival the magic of the annual Grand National in the United Kingdom. The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held at Aintree Racecourse near the city of Liverpool in England. It is one of the longest and toughest courses in the world with a horses having to jump 30 fences during two laps of the course that comes in at a distance of four miles 514 years, or 6.907 kilometres. William Lynn founded the Grand National in 1829 although there is much debate as to when the first Grand National race took place. Some say it was in 1836 and won by The Duke, which also won in 1837 before Sir William won in 1839. Records from this time are hazy at best and some believe these races took place at Maghull and

not Aintree and have therefore been removed from the official Grand National records. The 1839 race, won by Jem Mason on the horse Lottery that is referred to as the first ever Grand National race at Aintree. A famous Grand National story happened in 1928 when on the day of the race William Dutton, who was to ride Tipperary Tim, heard a friend shout out to him “Billy boy, you’ll only win if all the others fall down!” Amazingly, this actually happened with 41 of the 42 starters falling during the race, which was run in misty conditions and under very heavy going. Tipperary Tim won the race, which finished with only two riders after Billy Barton’s jockey Tommy Cullinan managed to remount and complete the course; Tipparary Tim won at 100/1 odds. In the 1970s, a horse named Red Rum began breaking a number of horse racing records in the United Kingdom and to this day is the only horse to win the Grand…