With a number of prestigious locations around the globe and a glamorous dress code to boot, horse racing is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious sports in the world. And like many high-profile sports, the races come with some very wealthy purses to match the pristine of the events.
If you are thinking of long-haul city break in 2017 why not take in one of these races? They offer something a little special that will make your trip one to remember, and who knows you might even get to win some more spending money. Even if you are an unsure gambler you can get the latest horse racing tips at sites like SBAT.com to help you out if luck isn’t enough!
Dubai World Cup – Dubai
Dubai, often known as the City of Gold, certainly lacks no luxury when it comes to choosing a travel destination. A concrete jungle of gleaming skyscrapers set amongst the vastness of the Arabic desert, the city offers both specular views and high-end indulgence with the Dubai World Cup being no exception.
Offering a staggering purse of USD$10 million to the winning thoroughbred, making it without doubt the world’s richest horse race event, the spectacle takes place south east of the city centre at the Meydan Racecourse. Sponsored by airline giants Emirates, the Group 1 flat race runs over 10 dirt furlongs with enough race side seating capacity for over 70,000 in the course Grandstand.
Another race held during the Dubai World Cup Night every March is the Duty Free Stakes, an event sponsored by Dubai’s official Duty Free company. While a smaller winning purse of USD$5 million, the race lacks none of the charm and sophistication of its larger variant. Within the grandstand punters can treat themselves to one of 74 hospitality suites offering complimentary food, bubbles and terrace views of the desert night sky.
Melbourne Cup Carnival – Melbourne
Down Under the Melbourne Cup Carnival is everything you’d expect from its title and every bit as luxurious. Known locally as “the race that stops a nation” this historical venue dates back to the days of British Colonialism making it a highly-decorated event across the globe.
The winning purse is set at AUS$6.2 million making it the richest event in the country and also one of the most frequented by public figures, from Foreign Minister Julia Bishop to actors and WAGS from around the world.
There is even a dedicated fashion day where the best dressed couple (judged by celebrities of course) are offered gifts courtesy of the event sponsors. Others have to make do with three-course meal packages at the top of The Grandstand or shamefully endure the attention of the Emirates marquee makeup artists on hand to freshen up the racegoers look.
Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe – Paris
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club’s sponsorship of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, held at Chantilly, just north of Paris, helped the prize fund to double in size and now stands at an attractive USD$5.4 million. The event just off the banks of the Oise River has been held almost every year since 1920 and easily fits the glam Paris quota. With several luxurious corporate hospitality packages and VIP tickets available, the venue is the place to wine and dine your significant other. Enjoy a champagne arrival, a stroll around the racing paddock or just some live music to get you in the party mood.
As always, the stakes are high and only the most expert of trainers, breeders and riders take part, meaning there is guaranteed high-octane racing with fierce competition from the 15 races through the day.
Japan Cup – Japan
The Japan Cup is renowned as one of the great end-of-year events in the global horse racing calendar with a USD$6 million purse on offer for the winning owner.
The official hotel for the meet is the Ritz-Carlton, a dramatic skyscraper which just happens to be the tallest in Tokyo. Here you will find a touch of elegance with modern rooms and suites, stunning panoramic views, and exquisite dining options.
The track itself is comparatively small at just 12 furlongs, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for with an atmosphere and no small amount of oriental charm.