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10 Compelling Horse Racing Facts

With less than one month to go till the Kentucky Derby, who creates hype among horse racing enthusiasts, we look at the importance of the sport away at the land of the Queen. Horse racing has always been popular in the United Kingdom, no matter whether your preference is flat racing or jumps.

The stories and heritage that comes with both make it a sport that is unlike any other, with real connections made between man or woman and horse, and who can forget about the thrill that comes with betting on horse racing?

Most people have attended meetings whether it is at a hugely popular festival such as Cheltenham or Ascot, or just a day or night at your local race track. It has an essential and storied history with the love of the sport being passed down from generation to generation. But here are some facts that you may not have known about the competition.

1. It is Britain’s second most popular sport

Horse racing is so prevalent in the UK that it’s only beaten by football in terms of visitors. That shows the popularity of it that it can compete with the highest grossing football league in the world.

With over six million people entering racecourses around the country every year, the sport’s popularity is widespread, making it bigger than cricket, rugby and tennis.

2. It wasn’t invented in the UK

Many believe horse racing was created in the UK. However, although the modern-day sport did originate in Britain, horses have been racing for as long as they have been domesticated. Nomadic tribesmen ran the equine animals in Central Asia in 4500 BC. However, the first horseback competitions on British soil didn’t take place until around 200 AD.

3. It contributes billions to the UK economy

The British horse racing industry is a world leader and generates more than £3.7 billion for the country’s economy. This mainly down to the popularity and tourism that come with events such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National which is held in Liverpool. They gain worldwide viewers as well as the hundreds of thousands of people that attend the events in-person.

4. The most significant prices are in flat racing

The average prize money for winning a flat race is in the region £18,000, compared to £11,000 for the jump racing events. Some of the most prestigious meetings in horse racing are on the flat courses. These include the Qipco 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby.

5. Royal involvement

King James I took a deep interest in horse racing during his reign in 1605. So much so that he was reminded by Parliament of his role of running the country.

King James established Newmarket as a royal place of luxury and introduced the sport of horse racing to the area. However, it was his son who helped develop the racecourse we know today.

6. Racing is better live

Despite its ever-growing popularity, there are only 5% of UK races that are televised on free-to-air television in the UK. This means that the best way to experiences all the thrills that come with the sport is by attending the meetings. Racing occurs all year round; with the most popular non-festival events taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

7. Racing was once illegal

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell between 1653 and 1658, the sport was outlawed. The state removed the majority of horses after the Civil War, and the early proponents of British racehorse breeding were dealt a mortal blow.

8. The animals aren’t machines

While a human heartbeat on average is between 60 and 100 times per minute at a resting rate, Thoroughbred racehorses have a resting heart rate of just 40 per minute. This means that the horses are supreme athletes.

9. Racehorses were initially bred for war

The three original sires of Thoroughbred racing in England arrived during the 17th century, and racing was never part of the plans. They came having been bred for combat.

Byerley Turk, Godolphin Arabian and Darley Arabian were quick, and powerful animals that were bred with local mares to establish the Thoroughbred lineage that lives on in today’s racing.

10. The Jockeys

Many dreams of a career within racing, but only a few get the chance to ride for a living. In November 2017, there were nearly 450 professional jockeys in the UK and another 300 amateur riders.

Author: Alex Dudley

Perth Racecourse  Perth racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Perth, Scotland. It is situated near the beautiful Scone Palace Park, not from the historic Scone Palace. The racecourse is about 2.5 miles from Perth town center. It was opened way back in 1908, but racing in dates back to over four hundred years ago. The right-handed track is famous for hosting National Hunt races, and is approximately 10 furlongs in circumference, with a total of eight fences to be jumped in each circuit. Perth hosts a total of fourteen fixtures each year, beginning in April all through to September.

Racing in Perth racecourse began way back in 1613. However, it was until 1791 when it was made official with a five-day race meeting which was sponsored by Caledonian Hunt Club. The meeting took place in North Inch Park, and only one race was run each day. Prior to that, racing used to take place only once a year, in September. Racing ceased happening for some years in the 17th century. It was after King Charles the second became king when racing resumed back to normal. He made horse racing more famous and acceptable. The Hunt Ball race meeting first held in 1784 was considered as the social event of the year, and was grazed with a number of people including the highland chiefs together with lowland lairds.

This year, Perth racecourse is set to host a good number of fixtures, some of which have already taken place. On the 16th of May will be the Ladies Day. The event will be sponsored by five of the Perth Hotels including Balathie Houses Hotel. The Open Hunter Chase race will be among the races featured, and gates will be opening from 4:30 pm. On the 3rd of June, will be the City of Perth Golden Cup, which is the most anticipated meeting in Perth’s calendar. Doors will be opening as from 11:30 am.

 

Beyond the Racecourse - why horse racing may be coming to a city near you  It’s always exciting when there’s a new take on sport that grabs the public’s attention. Of course nowadays even what classifies as a sport is broadening, with the likes of drone racing and eSports becoming the stuff of stadiums. Conversely, sport is also branching out from stadiums and into the centre of our cities. I recall being in awe of a City Games athletics event that I stumbled upon in Manchester city centre a few years back. Competitive high level racing happening right before my eyes, with cheering crowds and captivating coverage of the event for those at home.

 

It would appear that the emergence of city racing events has not only captured the attention of the public, but also sports execs eager to to bring Horse racing to the city and attract new audiences in the process. Horse racing makes for an intriguing sport to lend to a city games format, because it already has an extensive history on courses around the country and indeed the world. The regular racing viewer though, is likely to be distinct from the broad audience that would be watching on the day, so there’s potential for fresh appeal. That’s much needed for any sport at a time where there’s countless TV channels, betting and sporting options available to us.

 

According to horse racing betting site www.HorseRacingBetting.co.uk ,  the brainchild behind this bold venture is Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandson, and he recently took the time to lay out his plan for City Racing, covering areas such as setting up the track and numerous betting considerations. Safety too, of both the public and the horses, is a paramount consideration. This has been no overnight whim either, the plan took root back in 2014 as result of a successful Champions Tour show jumping event on Horse Guards Parade in London. Peter Phillips approach to investment in the project was novel, as he stood before a crowd to announce that City Racing was “a bloody good idea”.

 

His plans are ambitious to say the least. After trialing the surface on a road at Aintree racecourse late last year, the plan is now to stage five furlong races on temporary synthetic surfaces layered with sand at prominent landmarks around the world. The cream of the racing crop would take part and crowds, separated by a railing and able to bet, would be allowed within metres of the action. The venture is partnership with jockey club and others.

 

Paul Fisher, chief executive of the Jockey Club – and owner of courses countywide, has designs on using this exciting format as way of breathing new life into racing and bringing in a “a younger, urban audience”.

 

So where will we be able to see City Racing, you’re likely asking yourself? Well,  ticking every box isn’t easy for such a new and ambitious venture, but Collins Street in Melbourne is said be already be under consideration, as well locations in Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Beyond that, the mouthwatering prospect of London city racing could become a reality within the next two years, according to The Standard. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan is said to be a keen supporter of the idea. It’s hoped that many thousands of people would attend to watch horse racing in such a setting, with entertainment accompanying the spectacle. Eight runners would take part with world renowned jockeys riding horses at the venues in a points based system.

 

Peter Phillips threw a 10,000 person 90th birthday party for the Queen back in 2016, so is not easily intimidated by big ideas. The City Racing chief executive clearly has stellar contacts and a passion for horse racing, so exciting times lie ahead for the sport.