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
While National Hunt is more parochial, Flat racing is a global sport with prestigious
meetings held across Europe as well as in the US, Australia, the Middle East and
the Far East.
Owning jumping horses is often a hobby for those involved.
The advent of all-weather tracks means that Flat racing takes place all year round
in Britain but traditional Flat racing is run on turf and the season lasts from March
And its major fixtures, such as the Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood
are not just top-class race meetings but social events in themselves.
The highlight of the National Hunt season is the Cheltenham Festival which takes
place in the middle of march for four days every year. This event attracts the top
jump horses from the UK and Ireland to compete for all the major races of the festival;
the Gold Cup and Champion hurdle being the most famous races. The other major meeting
the Grand National meeting takes place in early April for two days Friday / Saturday
at Aintree which is highlighted by the worlds most famous race the Grand National
over the gruelling four and a half mile course.
The schedule for horse racing in the modern era means that there are lots of meetings
with lots of night racing in the summer . With the advent of all weather racing
there are many floodlit meetings at Wolverhampton and Kempton Park throughout the
winter. Therefore the opportunity for betting is widespread and varied and again
with the creation of betting exchanges the chance to bet 'in running' gives the punter
more options than ever before.
This link allows you to enter a postcode to display all your local racecourses or
enter a name or part name of a racecourse which will then allow to drill down to
more detailed information for that particular racecourse.