|Month||Major Horse Racing Events in 2022|
|April||Scottish Grand National • Grand National Festival • Irish Grand National • Punchestown Festival • Guineas Festival|
|June||Epsom Derby Festival • Royal Ascot|
|July||Summer Festival • July Festival • King George Weekend • Glorious Goodwood|
|August||York Ebor Festival|
|September||St Leger Festival|
|October||Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe|
|November||Melbourne Cup • Breeders Cup • The November Festival|
|When:||15 – 18 March|
|Featured Races:||Champion Hurdle |
Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Cheltenham Festival is known as the biggest meeting in the national hunt calendar. It’s held every March with the feature race being the Gold Cup on the Friday. Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 78 wins and Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey with 59 wins.
|When:||1 – 2 April|
|Featured Races:||Scottish Champion Hurdle |
Scottish Grand National
The Scottish Grand National is a Grade 3 run over a distance of about 4 miles. In 1974, Red Rum became the only horse to win the Scottish and English Grand National in the same year. Peter Scudamore won the race twice in 1987 and 1992. In 2021, Peter’s son, Tom Scudamore, won the race for the first time aboard Mighty Thunder for Lucinda Russell.
|When:||7 – 9 April|
|Featured Races:||JLT Melling Steeple Chase |
Topham Steeple Chase
The Grand National
The Grand National is held annually at Aintree racecourse and is run over 4 miles 2 furlongs. The horses will jump 30 fences in the race and some of the fences are well known, like The Chair, Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn. It’s also the richest national hunt race in Europe.
The Irish Grand National is run on the final day of Fairyhouse’s Easter meeting and is run over a distance of 3 miles and 5 furlongs.
|When:||26 – 30 April|
|Featured Races:||Champion Chase |
Punchestown Gold Cup
Champion Stayers’ Hurdle
The Punchestown Festival is Ireland biggest national hunt meeting and is held over five days with 40 races taking place, and it includes 12 Grade 1s. The feature race of the festival is the Punchestown Gold Cup, which is held on day 2 of the meeting.
QIPCO Guineas Festival
|When:||29 April – 1 May|
|Featured Races:||2000 Guineas |
The QIPCO Guineas Festival will be held over 3 days for first time in 2022 with the 2000 Guineas being the feature race on Day 2, and the 1000 Guineas being the feature race on Day 3. The 2000 and 1000 Guineas are both run over a mile and it’s the first chance the 3-year-olds get at Classic glory. Both races form the first leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Derby and Oaks at Epsom and then finishing with the St Leger at Doncaster in September.
|Where:||Churchill Downs Racecourse|
The Kentucky Derby is held annually at Churchill Downs and it’s a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds. The race is run over a distance of 1 mile and a quarter on dirt. In America, it’s described as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. It’s also the first leg of the Triple Crown, which is then followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes.
The Epsom Derby Festival is held over 2 spectacular days on the Epsom Downs. The Epsom Oaks is a Group 1 for the fillies and is the feature race on Day 1. The Epsom Derby is a Group 1 for the colts and is the feature race on Day 2. The Epsom Derby is also the richest flat race in Britain and is the most prestigious of all 5 Classics. Both the Derby and Oaks are run over a distance on 1 mile 4 furlongs.
|When:||14 – 18 June|
|Featured Races:||St James’ Palace Stakes |
Prince of Wales’s Stakes
The Gold Cup
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Royal Ascot is one of most prestigious horse racing meetings in the world. It’s held over 5 days with the Royal Procession beginning each day at 2pm when the Queen and other members of the Royal Family arrive down the straight mile in the Royal Landaus. Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting and it attracts all the best racehorses from around the world. There are eighteen Group races across the 5 days, with eight of them being Group 1s.
The Summer Festival
|When:||1 – 2 July|
|Where:||Sandown Park Racecourse|
The Summer Festival features 2 days of the very best Flat racing held at Sandown Park. The Group 1 Eclipse is run over a mile and a quarter on Day 2 of the meeting. This is the first major opportunity for the Classic generation of three-year-olds to face their older rivals.
|When:||7 – 9 July|
|Where:||Newmarket Racecourse (July Course)|
|Featured Race:||Darley July Cup|
The July Festival is held over 3 days on the July course with the feature race being the Group 1 Darley July Cup which is held on the final day of the meeting. The Darley July Cup is run over six furlongs and is one of the most prestigious sprint races in Britain. Horses often travel from all over the world to run in this race.
King George Weekend
|When:||23 – 24 July|
|Featured Races:||King George VI |
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
This is Ascot’s summer showpiece meeting with the Grade 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes being the feature race. It’s run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlong and is open to all age groups. The race in 2022 will be worth £875,000, making it Britain’s second richest race with only The Derby being worth more. The winner now also receives an automatic invitation to compete in the same year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
|When:||26 – 30 July|
|Featured Races:||Goodwood Cup |
King George Stakes
The five-day ‘Glorious Goodwood’ meeting is one of the highlights of the British horse racing season. The featured race on day one of the festival is the Goodwood Cup, while the biggest race on the final day of the meeting is the prestigious Stewards’ Cup.
|When:||17 – 20 August|
|Featured Races:||Juddmonte International Stakes |
Darley Yorkshire Oaks
York Ebor Handicap
The York Ebor Festival is one of the most popular racing meetings in the UK and it attracts owners and trainers from all over the world. The Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes is run on the first day of the meeting and is the most valuable race of the week. It all ends on the Saturday with the Ebor Handicap which is now the most valuable flat handicap in Europe.
|When:||7 – 10 September|
|Featured Race:||St Leger Stakes|
The St Leger Festival is undeniably the jewel in the crown for Doncaster racecourse as it hosts the oldest and final Classic of the season with the St Leger Stakes being run on the last day of the meeting.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
|Featured Race:||Longchamp Racecourse|
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat race open to all age groups and ran over a distance of about 1 mile 4 furlongs. It’s one of the most prestigious races in Europe and it’s also the world’s second richest turf race.
The Melbourne Cup is the richest 2-mile handicap in the world and one the most prestigious races in the world. It’s known as the race that stops a nation and a crowd of over 100,000 people attend Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington racecourse.
|When:||4 – 5 November|
|Featured Races:||Breeders Cup Classic |
Breeders Cup Turf
Breeders Cup Mile
The Breeders’ Cup meeting is one of the biggest and best meetings in the world with all the best horses from all over batting it out in Grade 1 races across 2 thrilling days. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the most valuable race at $6 million and is the final race run on the second day of the meeting.
The November Meeting
|When:||11 – 13 November|
|Featured Races:||Paddy Power Gold Cup |
The November meeting at Cheltenham is the first major jumps festival of the season and the first chance for the top national hunt trainers in the UK and Ireland to go head-to-head with their star horses.
|When:||26 – 27 December|
|Where:||Kempton Park Racecourse|
|Featured Races:||King George VI Chase |
The Desert Orchid Chase.
The Christmas Festival at Kempton is one of the highlights of the national hunt fixture list. The King George VI Chase is a mid-season trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with plenty of horses going on to win the big race in March. The Grade 1 race is run over 3 miles and is the feature race across the 2 days.