Flat Races

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The ancient sport of horseracing can be traced back over 6,000 years. It has come a long way since it was first called the 'Sport of Kings'. National Hunt racing remains a popular sport and is well attended throughout the United Kingdom during the winter months. But all over the world it is the Flat Races which have earned the prestige and pride money. The are the kind of events which attract people from every walk of life.

The history of Flat Races is one which is parallel to much of the history of the United Kingdom. It has colour, excitement and more than a nod to the political inequalities of certain infamous periods. Newmarket is popularly considered the venue where the first events took place, in the form which anticipated their current incarnation. Charles the Second favoured Newmarket as a town and venue for equestrian sport and is known to have been instrumental in laying the foundations for modern racing.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Newmarket, incidentally, is also the town where the Jockey Club was founded, and that goes someway to explaining the impact this town and the reigning monarchy had on equestrian sport.

Before groups of people gathered together to place bets on horses when they were pitted against one another in greater numbers, it was really the privilege of the aristocracy to test their new favourite horse against another's favourite horse, to see whose was the best.

This is where the epithet, ‘The Sport of Kings' comes from. Naturally, more than just the nobles who owned the horses came to watch the competition, and they too would place wagers on which horse would win.

This is where the current incarnation of equestrian racing comes from.

Although much of today's level events have been informed by the thoroughbred breeds, and there is little doubt that the Romans brought Arabian horses to challenge locals breeds, the modern sport is something which has developed considerably. Anyone who has ever ventured to a racecourse in the United Kingdom which holds Flat Races will know that the core elements of drama, excitement and the potential to place a winning bet are much unchanged in nature, and this is certainly part of the appeal, but the modern racecourses have all manner of conveniences and luxuries which were once unheard of, and, if they did exist, probably the privilege of the nobles who brought their thoroughbreds to the track.

Today, those who enjoy the dramatic and thrilling sport of Flat Races will find that the racecourses throughout the UK offer a sense of the rich heritage, but have made it something altogether more accessible and pleasurable. Every racecourse which offers meetings on the level, does so during the summer. There are many conveniences for the modern racegoer. They will find such 21st century additions as large screens which look at the events in detail, not to forget the instant replays which confirm or deny those often frustrating photo-finishes.

Visitors to racecourses in the country which invented, formalized and cemented the 'Sport of Kings' as one of the most enticing and thrilling of any sporting activity, will find themselves enjoying the action from one of the different racecourse enclosures.
Flat Races, inside rail

These vary from those which offer a family-orientated atmosphere, where a picnic is the order of the day and entertainment for kids is provided, to an enclosure which offers the best in fine-dining and corporate hospitality.

It is also worth pointing out that certain events of the fixture calendar in Great Britain are the most cherished, revered and lucrative in the world. Even those who only have a nodding acquaintance with the sport will know the name Royal Ascot. While some of the most famous and loved courses all offer great fixtures with often impressive prize money, there are a few which will always remain at the top of the list of the world’s greatest sporting centres. Newmarket, quite naturally, owns the honour of hosting the first big fixture of the 'The Classic', of which there are five in total.

Flat Races, winner Two are run in May at Newmarket, and these are the 2,000 and 1,000 Guinea Stakes respectively. The next two of the Classic five are the The Oaks and The Derby, both at Epsom. Last is the St. Leger at Doncaster. All fans of racing, being on the level or over obstacles, know the import of these events, events which have contributed to the legends of horses, owners, trainers and the sport itself.

Flat Races are run on two kind of surfaces. Turf is traditional and is so named because it is natural 'turf'. Secondly, there is also synthetic turf, or all-weather track. Both have their advantages, but those who favour a traditional view of the sport will probably opt for a course with authentic turf. However, those who are attuned to the unsympathetic weather might have adapted their option to fall in line with the advantages of all-weather track.

One thing which hasn't changed much, well not since the aristocracy deigned to let others place wagers on their horses, is the way in which people bet. Every racecourse at least offers two ways in which to place a bet. You can either choose a tote facility, which is a pooled betting system, or enter the throng and bustle of the on-course bookmakers. The latter are sure to conjure the rich history and passion of one of the world’s great sports to mind, and you might even get to place a winning bet.

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