by ANNIE DALE The summer racing season of 2019 is over and many people are already excited for the new year in 2020 and the hope that a cash injection will come with it. But with a plethora of races up and down the country, some may be unable to decide where to head for a meet.
Cheltenham Festival: One of the most prestigious European meetings and Britain’s most popular jumps meeting, the Cheltenham Festival takes place from March 10th-13th in 2020.
One of the best attended meetings of the season, and is there any wonder why? An enormous £625,000 prize fund for the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup sees crowds flock in their droves.
Randox Health Grand National: The one which everybody ooks forward to the most, the Randox Health Grand National takes place at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 4th April. Worth the most with a mouthwatering £1m prize, it always brings in the most horse racing tips with experienced punters as well as more casual ones getting involved.
Royal Ascot: The daily procession of the Queen and other various Royals makes Royal Ascot Britain’s most popular flat turf racing event. Taking place 16th-20th June in the wonderful county of Berkshire, its most lucrative prize fund is the £750,000 given to the winner of the Prince of Wales’ Stakes.
Goodwood Festival: Glorious Goodwood, as this festival is most commonly and affectionately known, is one of the most attractive racing meetings of the flat-racing season – not just in terms of sightseeing in the Sussex countryside, but also in terms of fashion with outlandish outfits rocking parts of the stand.
From 28th July to the 1st August, look out for Group 1 races such as the £1mn Qatar Sussex Stakes which throw up seriously good opportunities to bet.
Yorkshire Ebor Festival
The best attended festival at York Racecourse in 2019, the Ebor offered £1m in prize money and is thus sure to be popular with the punters once more in 2020. The final major flat turf race in the summer season – commencing 19th-22nd of August – it’s always good to end with a bang.