Dec 282010

arc longchamp horse racingThe Longchamp Racecourse or locally known as the Hippodrome de Longchamp is a 58 hectare horse-racing facility located on the Route des Tribunes in the Bois de Boulogne at Paris, France. Built on the banks of the River Seine, it is used for flat racing and is one of the most prestigious flat racing tracks in the world. Its name is synonymous with all that is noble in the sport of kings.

Longchamp has 17 hectares that are used for several racetracks varying from 1,000 to 4,000 meters in length with 46 different starting posts.

The highlight of racing at the facility is the annual Prix de l’Arc de Triompe. Held on the first weekend in October, the prestigious event attracts the best horses from around the world. It is one of the French racing season’s four Classic races. 

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat thoroughbred horse race which are three-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (approximately 1½ miles) annually on the first Sunday in October.

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Most commonly know as the “Arc”, it is the most prestigious horse race in Europe. Many winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are subsequently regarded as champions. With a prize fund of 4 million euros, it is presently the world’s second richest horse race contested after the Japan Cup.

The corporate hospitality at Longchamp includes exquisite food, Champagne, fine wines and an open bar throughout the afternoon.

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Dec 272010

doncaster racecourseDoncaster Racecourse, known as Town Moor is situated in South Yorkshire, England. It is home to the worlds oldest and longest classic race the St.Leger which is run over a total distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs (1 furlong = 200 metres) and 132 yards.

The St Ledger is one of Britain’s Group 1 flat race and forms the last part of the British Classics Race. Doncaster also hosts the Racing Post Trophy Britains’s Group One thoroughbred race ran over 1 mile in October every year. 

Doncaster offically opens the Turf Flat Racing Season with the Lincoln Meeting held each March and ends the season with the November Handicap.Every September the St. Leger is celebrated with four days of festivities at Doncaster Racecourse. It runs from Wednesday – Saturday. Thursday is Ladies day, Friday sees the historic Doncaster Gold Cup which was first run 1766. Saturday is St Ledgers Day.

 Urban-i Stand
Urban-i Stand with hospitality suites,catering outlets, bars and luxury dining areas

Doncaster have many hopitality packages for business and individuals.

Visit the website or call the Hospitality Team on 01302 304213/215

 8:05 pm  Horses
Oct 282010

york racesYork Racecourse is situated southwest of the city of York, North Yorkshire, England. On race days has its own radio station ‘York Raceday Radio’ (1602 kHz, medium wave) which can be picked up to 10 miles from the course.

The Ebor Festival in August is the most famous race meeting held a York. Over this 3-day meeting (Tuesday-Thursday) it hosts the richest ever races held a York with a total record prize money of over £2.3 million – The Juddmonte International Stakes is now worth £500,000 alone.

The course also stages three of the UK’s Group One thoroughbred races, the International Stakes, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

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The Ebor stand at York Racecourse

The Ebor festival was first established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap.

Each of the three days has feature races.

Tuesday is called Juddmonte International day and features the Juddmonte International and the Great Voltiquer Stakes.
Wednesday is totesport Ebor Day and features the Ebor Handicap and the Yorkshire Oaks.

Thursday is Ladies’ Day and features the Lowther Stakes. The competition off the track on Thursday will be to win a luxury short break to the Best Dressed Lady Racegoer.

 7:45 pm  Horses
Sep 282010

curragh irelandThe Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare, situated south of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, is the “Home of horse racing in Ireland” since this is where horse racing in Ireland has its roots.

The word “Curragh” means place of the running horse. As early as the third century there was chariot racing on the Curragh.

The Irish Turf Club was founded in 1790 the coffee rooms in Kildare and it was soon established as the governing body for horse racing throughout Ireland. In the 1868 the Curragh of Kildare Act was passed to settled the right of common pasture, and preserved the use of the Curragh for the purpose of horse racing and training. The total area of the Curragh was defined as 4870 acres.

Approximately 26% of the horses trained in Ireland are trained on the Curragh. Horses trained on the Curragh have won major races world wide in countries as diverse as England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, America, Canada, and Australian

From March to July the Curragh hosts ninteen of the best Flat races in Ireland including Five Classic Group 1 Races – the Boylesports Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Darley Irish Oaks, The Irish Field St Leger and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

The Irish Derby open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) annually from the last Friday to Sunday in June.

Friday features Kildare Village Derby with live music after racing from one of Ireland’s leading performers, while Saturday is Ladies Day featuring the Audi sponsored Pretty Polly Stakes and spectacular prizes for the Best Dressed from Kildare Village. Sunday features all the spectacle, excitement and fun of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day.

The Curragh also hosts a prestigious Autumn Festival in mid-September. This two day festures The Irish Field St Leger on a Saturday with a celebration to promote the final Group 1 Classic as Europe’s premier trial race for the Emirates Melbourne Cup , while Sunday features the Group 1 National Stakes and a massive equine themed family day.

Contact the website for more information or call the hospitality team on: +353 45 443209/443208 for race day hospitality packages

 7:33 pm  Horses
Sep 282010

cheltenham festival gold cupCheltenham Racecourse is at Prestbury Park on the outskirts of the Cheltenham,  Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham is know as the “home of National Hunt racing”,  because it hosts the four-day Cheltenham Hunt Festival, held  on the second week in March every year and features the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, England, taken from Cleeve Hill.

The Cheltenham Festival has a Total Prize Money of £3.67m. The meeting is held annually over 4-days in March – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Races commence from 1.30pm each day.

The feature race on Tuesday is The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the most sought after prize anywhere for 2 mile hurdlers. 

Wednesday sees the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase take centre stage, as the best two mile chasers produce a fast and furious contest over the famous Cheltenham fences. For many, this is the most exciting race of the year.

In 2009, Wednesday will have seven races for the first time since The Festival became a four day meeting.

On Thursday features, the long distance hurdlers contest The Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Only the brave and the strong prevail in this three mile contest.  The Ryanair Chase is another Grade 1 highlight on Thursday. Thursday is Ladies Day. On Ladies Day there are also awards for Best Dressed Lady, Best Accessories and Best Hat. Presentations for these awards are made before the horses enter the paddock for the first race.

On Friday Cheltenham hosts the famous totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup with total prize money of £475,000 which is the  highlight of the four-day Festival at Cheltenham.

Off the track, there is plenty of entertainment on offer through the trade stands, musical offerings in all enclosures and the amazing variety of dining, entertaining and hospitality options.

Tickets available from or by calling 08445 793 003

 7:30 pm  Horses
Aug 282010

Goodwood-RacecourseGoodwood Racecourse is situated near Chichester, West Sussex, in England. The horseracing track sits high on the Sussex Downs with specatucular views south to the Solent.  It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to 2 of the UK’s 31 Group One Flat Races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.

Formal horseracing began at Goodwood in 1802, with the first running of a principal race, the Goodwood Cup, a decade later. Throughout the nineteenth century, several of the principal races, which today continue to be key fixtures of the Goodwood season, were established. These were the Molecomb Stakes the Nassau Stakes and Stewards Cup the Sussex Stakes and the Richmond Stakes. The two remaining principal races were first run in the Edwardian period: Gordon Stakes and King George Stakes

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Goodwood for great horse racing

The five-day Festival Meeting, known as Glorious Goodwood takes place from late July through to August annually.

Glamour of top class racing mixed with the outstanding beauty of the racecourse, set high up on the Downs, and the famously stylish dress code that makes Glorious Goodwood unquestionably the chicest invitation of the summer’s social and racing calendar.

The Goodwood Racetrack forms part of the Duke of Richmond’s 12,000 acre estate and parkland.  Goodwood House  has been the seat of the Dukes of Richmond since 1697 and is available for private or business hire.

Operated by The Goodwood Estate Company Limited is a major sport and leisure venue not only with thoroughbred horseracing but the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival, Kennels Private Members Club, Marriott Hotel and Spa Golf and The Goodwood Aerodrome.
For more information visit or for hospitality packages call +44 (0)1243 755022.

 7:41 pm  Horses
Aug 282010

grand national horse raceAintree situated in Merseyside near Liverpool, north west Englands’ most famous meeting is the Grand National.  It is regarded as one of the most difficult of all courses to successfully complete, with 16 steeplechase fences including canal Turn and Brecher’s Brook. These are so infamous that even their names strike fear into the most professional of jockeys. Most riders to not finish the race. This makes it the ‘Worlds Greatest Jump Race’.

Four other races take place over the National fences. These are the Topham Chase and the Fox Hunters’ Chase at the Grand National meeting and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and Becher Handicap Chase in the November meeting.

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Towards Bechers Brook. Looking east along part of the Aintree racecourse

The first official races at Aintree were organised by a syndicate, headed by the owner of Liverpool’s Waterloo Hotel, Mr William Lynn. He leased the land from Lord Sefton, set out a course and built a grandstand. Lord Molyneux laid the foundation stone on February 7, 1829 and placed a bottle full of sovereigns in the footings.

The course staged its initial jump fixture in 1835. On Tuesday, February 26, 1839, Lottery became the first winner of the Grand National. In those days the horses had to jump a stone wall, cross a stretch of ploughed land and finish over two hurdles. The race was then known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase.

Now named after its sponsor John Smith’s todays Grand National course is four and a half miles of difficult jumps over water obstacles covered with spruce trees and gates making this a unique British national hunt race. The total prize money is currently £900,000. The intention is for the value of the race is to reach £1 million by 2010. The John Smith’s Grand National takes place on the first Saturday in April at 4.15pm.

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 7:22 pm  Horses
Aug 272010

belmont park nyBelmont Park is a major thoroughbred horse-racing facility located in Elmont in Long Island, New York, America.  Opened in 1905 covering an area of 650 acres, Belmont Park is now operated by The New York Racing Association Inc.,  a non-profit racing association that also owns and operates Aqueduct and Saratoga racetrack in New York.

The most celebrated race at Belmont Park is the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. This follows five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. It is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) horse race for three-year-old colts and geldings carrying a weight of 126 pounds (57 kg) and for fillies with a weight of 121 pounds (55 kg).

The Belmont Stakes, first run in 1867, is the oldest of the Triple Crown events. It predates the Preakness Stakes (first run in 1873) by six years and the Kentucky Derby (first run in 1875) by eight. Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby, ran second in the 1875 Belmont behind winner Calvin.

The Belmont Stakes is named after August Belmont I. Belmont was a financier who made a fortune in banking in the middle to late 1800s. He also branched out into politics and New York society.

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Rags to Riches 2007 Belmont Stakes Winner

The Belmont Stakes trophy is a solid silver bowl and cover made by Tiffany & Co. It is 18 inches tall, 15 inches across and 14 inches at the base. Atop the cover is a silver figure of 1869 Belmont winner Fenian. The bowl is supported by three horses – Herod, Eclipse and Matchem – who represent the respective superior grandsons of the three Foundation Sires of thoroughbreds: the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Barb. Of these, the lineage Eclipse is predominant in the modern Thoroughbred.

The trophy was presented by the Belmont family as a perpetual award for the Belmont Stakes in 1926. It was the trophy August Belmont received when Fenian won the third running and it had since remained with the Belmont family. The winning owner may keep the trophy for a year until the next Belmont winner is crowned.

The owner of the winner of the Belmont Stakes also receives a large silver tray upon which the names of the previous Belmont winners are engraved. There are also trays for the winning trainer, jockey and exercise rider. The winning groom gets race mementos.

The white carnation is the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. The blanket of carnations worn by the Belmont Stakes winner takes 10 manhours to create. Between 300-400 carnations are glued onto a green velveteen spread. The flowers must be shipped in from either California or Bogota, Colombia.

Twenty-nine horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes but only 11 have succeeded.

For more information and ticket enquiries visit

 7:02 pm  Horses
Jul 282010

ayr horse racingAyr racecourse is situated in Ayr, Scotland for flat and national horse racing. The track, which is wide and relatively flat, is a left-handed oval of around 1 mile 4 furlongs.

The Scottish Grand National – a Grade 3 National Hunt horse race  for five-year-old and above horses is hosted at Ayr racecourse in April annually. 
It is a handicap chase, and is often contested by horses which ran previously in the Grand National at Aintree. There are twenty-seven fences to be jumped in the race.

The two day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival, held mid-April on a Friday and Saturday is Scotland’s richest jumps meeting with more than £300,000 in prize money and £200,000 on offer for the National and a further £100,000 for the Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Ayr Racecourse is also known for The 6 furlong Ayr Gold Cup, run at the Western Meeting in September as one of the most competitive sprints in the Flat Racing calendar, attracting large crowds from all over the country

Visit their website for more information or call the hospitality team on 01292 294967

 7:18 pm  Horses
Jun 272010

kentuck derbyChurchill Downs is situated in Kentucky, Louisville, America. Offically opened in 1875, Churchill Downs was named after John and Henry Churchill, who leased 80 acres (320,000 m²) of land to their nephew, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr.

Clark designed his three major stakes races, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap, after the three premier races in England, the Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes, respectively. These events have each been held continuously at Churchill since their debut in 1875.

Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in two meets. The spring meet starts one week before the Derby and continues until early July. The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May and the Kentucky Oaks is run on Friday, the day before the Derby. A fall meet picks up in late October and closes Thanksgiving weekend in late November.

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The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 thoroughbred race for three year-old horses, the highlight of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is run over one and a quarter miles (2 km).

The race is known in America as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the United States of America  Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes .

Produced annually since 1956, the Derby Festival has become a whirlwind of 70 special events. The Festival includes several formal affairs, as well a casual, foot-stomping good times. More than just entertaining, the Derby Festival generates over $93 million annually for the local economy. Festival events also raise nearly $300,000 for area charities each year.

Visit for more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival and

 6:30 pm  Horses