One area where the UK and Australia are constantly trying to out-do each other, cricket aside, is in the world of international horse racing. Most of the largest horse racing competitions and events in the world take place in either the UK or Australia, attracting A-list attendees and top-tier jockeys looking to snag some of the seven-figure prize pots on offer. If you’re a keen horse racing gambler trying to figure out which events are most worthy of your custom in the year ahead, read on to see how the two countries’ racing scenes compare.
1. Australia: The Melbourne Cup
If you’re new to Australian horse racing and are looking to the most out of the experience, the Melbourne Cup is the place to make a wager. This iconic race has been taking place on Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse for 159 years, drawing impossibly fashionable crowds who attend to be seen by the paparazzi as much as they do for the racing. Interestingly, a high number of British-bred and trained horses have competed and won the Melbourne Cup, most notably Makybe Diva, who won the Cup three years running and holds the most wins out of any competitor.
2. The UK: Cheltenham
One of the UK’s most widely attended events in the sporting calendar, the Cheltenham Festival is all about excess. Bookmakers predicted that close to £500 million was gambled at Cheltenham last year, which would make it one of the biggest betting events in Europe. Anyone looking to bet on Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 is well advised to follow the latest news and odds on the horses and trainers, as British gamblers tend to take this race very seriously.
3. Australia: The Everest
The Everest may be a relatively new race in the long history of Australian thoroughbred sports, having launched only in 2017, but it has rapidly made a name for itself as one of the global races to follow. The main reason for this is the prize pool which, last year, stood at $13 million, making The Everest the richest turf race in the world by a considerable margin. Followers of this race tend to bet big, especially the royals and socialites who are set to be in attendance this year.
4. The UK: Royal Ascot
It may not be as flashy as the other races on this list, but it is by far the most prestigious. The event is the highlight of the season for UK racegoers, one that enjoys close connections to the Royal Family. The Queen herself shows up every year to begin the proceedings, with much of the attendance list reading like a who’s-who of upper-crust British society. The prize pot may not be as substantial as some of the other major races, but winning the Royal Ascot is seen by many as a truly priceless achievement.
If you’re in Australia, you can take part in all of these races by betting online. If you’re one of the lucky few that has a ticket to any of these events, then make sure to dig out your finest glad rags for the occasion.