With Christmas and New Years in the rear-view mirror and with plenty of people looking forward to 2017 and all the fun and exciting things they’ll be getting up to, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the newest member of the YGT family…
Racingbreaks.com is your one stop shop for all your horse racing needs offering tickets, hotels and hospitality packages to all major UK racecourses including Cheltenham, Aintree, Newmarket, Ascot and many more.
They also offer international experiences to exotic destinations including Dubai, France, Australia and America, as well as exclusive chances to meet Brand Ambassadors including Frankie Dettori, Mick Fitzgerald and Jim Crowley!
If you like having a flutter during a day at the races as well as hitting the fairways too, there’s nothing stopping you from combining the two…
Here are some of the top racing experiences for 2017 from Racingbreaks.com and we’ve made sure to include where you could tee it up nearby!
Cheltenham Festival & Celtic Manor
The Cheltenham Festival is the crown jewel of the National Hunt season, where electricity fills the air as 230,000 people descend onto the beautiful Cotswold Hills over four days of scintillating racing.
Champions are decided, heroes are made, and from time to time reputations are left in ruins as the finest horses, jockeys and trainers battle it out for the highest of racing honours…as well as the small matter of nearly £4m of prize money! Packages are available which will see you staying at the Cheltenham Chase hotel, with options to go to the races on any day of the Festival, as well as a chance to meet legedary jockey Mick Fitzgerald!
To get the most out of your time away, why not tag on a visit to Celtic Manor which is less than an hours drive from Cheltenham itself. Here you can try your hand at the Roman Road or Montgomerie Courses, or even the world famous Twenty Ten which of course played host to the world’s best golfers at the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Royal Ascot & Foxhills
Alongside world class racing, Royal Ascot remains the pinnacle of Britain’s fashion and social calendar. The colour, variety and beauty of the spectacle here is unique, blending tradition with innovation across five days of compelling racing, haute couture style and effervescent partying.
300,000 sharply dressed punters arrive at the famous Berkshire racecourse from every corner of the country to witness one of the most famous events in horse racing and the good news for those also with a soft spot for golf?
Ascot racecourse lies less than 10 miles from Foxhills Club and Resort, which is home to two cracking championship courses and a charming Manor House Hotel.
The Grand National & Formby Hall
There is little argument that The Grand National is the most iconic race in the world. After all, with around 600 million people tuning in across the globe, it’s the most watched televised sports event in the world and with over 65,000 people flooding into Aintree each and every year in order to see which will become the latest horse to be written into the history books alongside the likes of Red Rum, Foinavon and Aldaniti; the atmosphere at the venue itself is electric.
The thrill of the big race is unbeatable for racing enthusiasts when witnessed in person, and it seems that year after year, the excitement and quality of the event grows and grows. The fat that it’s held on a Saturday allows golfers the perfect opportunity to watch the races then gallop off to a local golf resort such as Formby Hall on the Sunday. Located less than 10 miles away from Aintree racecourse, this superb resort has recently undergone a £10 million refurbishment and is an ideal place to come back down to earth after Grand National euphoria!
Dubai World Cup
The $30 million Dubai World Cup takes place on the final weekend in March every year and is the biggest sporting and social event in Dubai. Based at the unique, state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse (which houses its own golf course!), where the Grandstand measures 1 mile in length, the Dubai World Cup is brought to a spectacular close by the world’s richest horse race; the $10m Dubai World Cup, won in 2016 by California Chrome.
As you’ll no doubt be aware, Dubai is also home to some incredible golf courses, headlined of course by the Majlis at The Emirates Golf Club.
Dubbed “The Desert Miracle”, this course was the first all grass course in the UAE and is the annual host of the Dubai Desert Classic, former champions of which include the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods and, more recently Rory McIlroy.
Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe & Le Golf National
Europe’s richest and most prestigious race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place over the first weekend of October each year in Paris. The race attracts the greatest racehorses from around the world and usually takes place at the historic Longchamp racecourse, but due to $145m redevelopments currently taking place, the race will move to Chantilly for 2017.
In 2018, The Ryder Cup will be staged at Le Golf National just outside the French Capital.
Why not get a sneak preview of the course where Europe will be trying to wrestle the trophy back from Team USA after a few days at the races?