The 10 Biggest Horse Races within the World (part 2)

3. The Everest

Date: Second or Third Saturday in October

Location: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia

Surface: Turf

Distance: 1,200m

Prize Purse: $14,000,000

• Until the Saudi Cup announcement, The Everest was the richest race on planet planet. Horses from everywhere are interested in The Everest by big prize for winning it.

• This event lacks Group/Grade 1 status and isn’t eligible for it yet but looks bound to be awarded that within the future.

• It’s a weight-for-age sprint contest hospitable any thoroughbred racehorse whose owner is ready to pay the $600,000 entry fee. There are only 12 slots that are available for purchase.

• Redzel won the primary two runnings of The Everest, showing age is not any barrier to success in sprints.

4. Melbourne Cup

Date: First Tuesday in November

Location: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia

Surface: Turf

Distance: 3,200m

Prize Purse: $5,300,000

• Called the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup is our second trip Down Under during this list.

• First contested in 1861, the Melbourne Cup features a long history and gets targeted by horses from everywhere the planet.

• Cross Counter became the primary British-trained horse to win the race in 2018 – 25 years after Vintage Crop was the primary Irish-trained winner.

• Makybe Diva is that the only three-time Melbourne Cup winner with consecutive victories in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

5. Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Date: Last Saturday in January

Location: Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA

Surface: Dirt

Distance: 1,800m

Prize Purse: $9,000,000

• Once the richest race within the world and price more, recent changes to the Pegasus World Cup format mean there are now both dirt and turf events.

• It’s hospitable horses aged four and up and was first run in 2017. With a touch more history under its belt, the Pegasus World Cup will gain prestige within the coming years.

• Like The Everest, racehorse owners can buy entry into this but it costs $1,000,000! YIKES.

Five ways to make horse racing more humane right now (part 1)

Animal welfare will be in the spotlight on Melbourne Cup day after footage from a Queensland abattoir showed ex-racehorses allegedly being mistreated and slaughtered.

Here are five changes that animal welfare organizations say could be instituted immediately to make racing more humane.

1. Ban the whips

Under Racing Australia’s rules, a jockey can only use their padded whip on the horse five times before the final 100-meters of the race, after which there are no restrictions on the number of hits.

Both the RSPCA and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses say the whip could be banned immediately without detrimentally affecting the sport, and they have found an unlikely ally in recent weeks in the leading thoroughbred owner Lloyd Williams.

“The industry now needs to realize whips need to be withdrawn very soon,” the six-time owner of a Melbourne Cup winner told the ABC’s 7.30 program, which showed the alleged mistreatment of racehorses in abattoirs.

The Australian Jockey Club, which has long maintained that the whip is an issue of safety because it can be used to help “guide the animal,” told Nine newspapers it would not support a ban.

Norway banned the use of whips in 1982, except in two-year-old races where they are carried but cannot be used to make the horse go faster.

2. Fully ban jumps racing

Jumps races, such as the Grand National, are banned in New South Wales and Tasmania but still conducted in Victoria and South Australia.

A 2006 study by the University of Melbourne found that the risk of a horse dying in a jumps race was 18.9 times that of a flat race. According to the RSPCA, at least 49 horses have died as a result of participating in jumps racing in the past 10 years.

As well as the risk of falls, the distances are also usually longer than those favored in flat racing, with horses asked to jump hurdles of at least one meter over a course of at least 2.8km, compared to distances of 800m to 3.2km in flat racing. This increases the likelihood of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage or bleeding on the lungs.

Bleeding on the lungs is common in high-intensity equestrian sports such as polo and cross-country. According to various studies, it is found between 68% and 90% of racehorses.