Racing Across The Pond: An Introduction

November 26, 2019

Horse racing has a diversity like no other when compared around the world; in the US, fast and furious dirt racing is favored, whereas across the pond in the UK, we vary between our flat racing in the summer, and our National Hunt (jumps) racing throughout the Winter months.

The speed of dirt racing is unparalleled to its complete opposite in the UK, such as flat racing, Irish and French jumps racing. Stamina and grit are required when it comes to seeing horses fly over both hurdles and fences, but the aim of the game is still the same; to be the first to reach the coveted finishing post. Whereas the prestigious Triple Crown races take place over 1.5 miles or less, National Hunt takes place from between 2 miles to 4 and a quarter miles.

Restricted Stakes racing open to horses born in specific States is not something that is implemented in the UK, however more race classes are found and one of the large differences is that harness racing is bigger draw in the States versus over here it is not as well known or supported.

When asked about what is so special about the sport over here, I find it difficult to pinpoint anything in particular because there are just so many things that make it captivating. In which what other sport would we see the salt of the earth types to the Monarchy mixing? We can all find common ground. So much can be said for the fever pitch atmosphere on big race days, seeing all horses return safely and happily from a race, the celebrations of the staff and everyday grassroots owners, trainers and syndicates achieve the impossible.

Royal Ascot, The Epsom Derby, Glorious Goodwood and The Arc (which takes place in France) are among a handful of the highlights of the Flat Racing season in Europe, where the cream of the crop compete for large purses and race titles, attended by a worldwide audience.

No comparison can be made about the love of fans and those that work within an industry sacred to so many. 2019 has brought upon a new era for The Sport Of Kings, with many voicing concerns for the need of reform and rules within the industry, so it will be incredibly interesting to see how racing unfolds in 2020 and adapts to the scrutiny.

I’m looking forward to being able to share and convey International Horse Racing and hopefully spark an interest into the many sides and ways in which our sport is interpreted around the globe. My goal is to be a bridge for horse racing worlds apart from one another, to bring American racing to a UK audience and an International flair to the United States. Please feel free to leave a comment if there is something that interests you or a subject you would like me to consider writing about.

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Abbeigh Harris

Abbeigh is a writer from Worcestershire in England, not far from the picturesque Cotswolds. Having stumbled upon horse racing just a few years ago, Abbeigh...

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