The 10 Biggest Horse Races within the World (part 1)

As long as humans are riding horses, there’s been racing. They call it the game of kings and, once you see the prize funds of those famous horse races, you’ll understand why.

With the announcement of the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup over 1,800m at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riaydh on leap day, 2020, new events and mega prize still be added to the worldwide racing calendar.

Ever wondered what the highest 10 greatest horse races are? Here’s a glance at the most important, most financially important and celebrated horse races within the world.

1. Epsom Derby

Date: First Saturday in June
Location: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England, UK
Surface: Turf
Distance: 2,400m (about 1.5 miles)
Prize Purse: About $2,000,000

• The biggest race in Britain in terms of prize money.
• Contested since 1780, the Epsom Derby is that the premier Flat race within the UK.
• Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies only. Such races are called Classics.
• It’s the second leg of English Triple Crown after the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but before St Leger at Doncaster.
• Often attended by British royalty such as Royal Ascot, the Duchess’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse has up to 11,000 capacity alone.

2. Japan Cup

Date: Last Sunday in November
Location: Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Surface: Turf
Distance: 2,400m (about 1.5 miles)
Prize Purse: $5,800,000

• Still among the richest horse races within the world, the Japan Cup caters for much East equine sports fanatics.
• Firstly run in 1981, there is a lack in the history attached to the Epsom Derby but it is worth plenty more for winning.
• Open to three-year-olds and up, it’s a weight-for-age contest with no quite 10 foreign-trained horses allowed within the line-up.
• As of 2018, Gentildonna is that the only dual winner of the Japan Cup. No other horse has won the race quite once.
• A mention goes to the Tokyo Yushun – often anglicized to the Japanese Derby – which hasn’t made our list but maybe a valuable prize too.