Easter Horse Racing held in Many Countries
Many countries hold Easter horse racing events over the Holidays. One country that holds a significant race meeting over Easter is Australia. Easter Cup Day was held in Melbourne on 4 April this year, and attracted a large crowd of racegoers.
The Easter Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually each April on Easter Sunday at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over 2000 metres, and the prize money offered is 150,000 dollars. The Victoria Handicap is held on the same day as the Easter Cup, and these two races are the only ones run during the Easter Horse racing weekend. The Easter Cup, a middle distance staying race, generally does not attract a top class field, as most of the elite racers will be in Sydney at that time of year for the big money races of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. One exciting feature of the Easter Cup in Melbourne, is the Easter Egg Hunt held at the race track, with thousands of Easter Eggs waiting to be found. This is part of the family Easter entertainment on offer.
Oakbank Racing Club is another Australian racing club to hold Easter events. The Oakbank Easter Horse Racing Carnival is located at the Oakbank racecourse in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia’s beautiful “blue grass” racing country. The carnival is a mixture of flat and jumping races. Day one is held on Easter Saturday, and is one of the highest attended race days in Australia. This Racing Club holds several races during the year, the main meeting being the world’s biggest picnic race meeting, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival. Many families camp for the whole Easter weekend in the paddocks around the race course to enjoy the fun and entertainment offered.
Ireland’s Easter Festival
Another country holding an Easter Festival is Ireland. There are three days of top quality Flat and National Hunt racing held every Easter in Mallow in Cork. This Easter horse racing festival provides spectators with the better of two worlds with a mix of Flat racing and the National Hunt. The highlights are the Listed Imperial Call Chase and the Grade C Easter Handicap Hurdle. There is an old tradition that a long time ago, two Cork sporting gentlemen arranged a horse race from the steeple of a church in one village, to the steeple of a church in another village, which gave the world the word steeplechasing.
Charing, in England holds six point to point race meetings over the Easter weekend. Each race is over a distance of three miles, with nineteen fences. There are several professional veterinary surgeons and paramedics in attendance at these races, and the event is strictly supervised by the representative of the Jockey Club.
Betting Now so much Easier
Easter horse racing is more than just a hobby to many people. Many people find it adds greatly to their enjoyment of the race, to have a financial interest in the outcome, whether it is flat racing or one of the jumping races. Betting these days has become so much more easy and convenient, by using the online facilities. Now every punter can invest in every race in the country and enjoy the thrill of betting on the outcome. Easter horse racing events are extremely important items in the sporting calendar, and the more people place money on the racers, the more lucrative will be the win at the end.