Discover Racing

Don’t know a colt from a filly? Ever wondered when Royal Ascot is held or where the world’s richest horse race is located?

The answers lie in our Life of a Racehorse and Horseracing Around the Globe sections. Click on the links below to discover the world of horseracing.

Man and horse have been competing in races for nearly 2,500 years.
Ancient Olympic Games featured equestrian racing in 776 BC.
The Romans loved it. Emperor Septimus Severus saw that races were run on Knavesmire in York centuries ago.
The modern racehorse, the Thoroughbred, can be traced back to three stallions, the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian, and the Godolphin Arabian.
The Dubai World Cup meeting is the world’s richest race meeting with prize money of US$30-million.
An average racehorse weighs 500kg and can eat up to 7kg of food each day
Horses have excellent eye sight and their eyes are the largest of any land mammal - up to 9 times larger than the human eye
The average length of a Thoroughbred’s stride at top speed is over 20 feet
Racehorses can reach speeds over 40mph/64kph during a race
You can estimate a horse’s age from its teeth
A racehorse’s name cannot exceed 18 characters (in order to be registered to race)
Horses can travel to races around the world in specially designed aircraft