The World’s Greatest Horse Racing Events to Attend 2022 (Part 1)

Copyright - Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia -Doug DeFelice

Horse racing events attract some of the wealthiest people from around the globe to some of the finest cities on the planet, for festivals that encourage fashion, wealth and an aura of winning with multi-million dollar prize pools are competed by some of the finest horses around.

We review some of the world’s greatest horse racing events you should attend in 2022, from Saudi Arabia and Dubai to Australia, private air charters enable the best flying experience that suits your needs and comfort.

Mega-rich Horse Races

Saudi Cup - The world’s richest race

Even though the Saudi Cup will only be running for the third time in 2022, the world’s richest race attracts the finest horses from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America.

The event is organised by the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and features dirt and turf races that regularly attract the world’s highest-rated racehorses. The 2022 event saw

a record number of entries from 22 countries, including 70 individual Group 1 or Grade 1 winners.

The two-day meeting at the end of February is worth $31.5 million and is held at the King Abdulaziz racecourse with the track  “reflecting the unique culture and heritage of the country”, says Sarah Tregoning, media and communications director at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA).

Saudi Cup - The world’s richest race is held at King Abdulaziz racecourse

As well as The Saudi Cup, the race day also features five highly Group 3 races on both dirt and turf, the Group 2 Obaiya Arabian Classic for Purebred Arabian racehorses and the Jockey Club Handicap for locally-trained horses.

Preferred hotel partners include the luxury hotels such as The Four Seasons Hotel - Riyadh, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Riyadh, and The Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences.

There are some relaxations of the usually strict rules for dress code and alcohol at the event in the Islamic-abiding country,

  • When: February 26th 2022 (the 2023 event should take at the end of February)
  • Where: King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Saudi Arabia

The Dubai World Cup - Luxury Horse Racing

Is a longstanding and popular meet for international racing fans - The Dubai World Cup started in 1996 and it has as much as a $35 million prize purse (now considered the second richest horse race).

From January to March, racers head to the Meydan Racecourse to enjoy the races and Dubai itself, with the finals taking place towards the end of March.

The racecourse itself runs a number of fine-dining restaurants such as the glass-fronted Winners Circle restaurant located on the 2nd and 3rd Floor of the Meydan Grandstand. where guests are treated to a 3-course set menu with premium, beverage options.

Guests also gain access to Apron Views, a social village and the Parade Ring Lounge includes close-up views of the horses in the parade ring. Other dining options include the Paddock View and Parade Ring,

There are also private party suites available with a terrace seating area or private suites at the Meydan Grandstand, “the ideal location for entertaining guests offering spectacular views, racing excitement and fine food.”

  • When: 13 January to 26 March 2022
  • Where: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE
Winner Circle Restaurant - Dubai Cup

There are several lucrative horse races in the region of course, with new lucrative races in Bahrain and Qatar means there is a lot to see. Without a doubt, travelling in the region on private aircraft makes sense to suit flexible schedules and busy lifestyles.

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The Melbourne Cup is held in late October at Flemington Racecourse

Melbourne Cup - Australia’s #1 Horserace event

Race events take place in November at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, with horses from around the globe attending to compete for the $5.3 million to $8 million prize purse.

There has been an increase in the number of mega-rich races. In Australia alone, the $15 million The Everest and $8 million Golden Eagle, rival the traditional Melbourne Cup while The Big Dance ($2 million race to be run at Royal Randwick) has been scheduled in New South Wales to run the same day as Melbourne Cup day, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

With its roots going back to 1861, this is an important cultural event in Australia - the country stops to watch the main races and attendees wear customary celebratory hats and also compete for the titles of best-dressed man and woman during the race week.

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The Bluegrass Bar is one of many VIP locations for the famous Melbourne Cup

There are many premium dining options and events the whole week- the dining & corporate venues at Melbourne Cup include:

  • The Terrace Restaurant
  • Panorama Restaurant
  • Skyline Restaurant
  • Corporate Suites (Hill Stand & Mounting Yard)

The dress code means gentlemen are required to wear a suit of tailored slacks,  sports coat or blazer, plus tie and dress shoes. Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard of racewear attire.

  • When: 28 October to 2 November 2022
  • Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Fashion plays a huge role at most horse racing events.