As one of the most popular sports, horse racing events across the world attracted thousands of spectators. However, the fans in the United Kingdom (UK), the Middle East, Australia, France, and the United States have the highest supports for such type of sport.
Horse racing is one of the oldest sports as well as one of the best-loved sports in the UK. Regarding the popularity, horse racing ranks second only after football. It is also popular for betting in the UK.
There are many races held across the country, such as the Epsom Derby, the Royal Ascot, and the Grand National. Horse racing is popular due to the involvement of betting. However, many spectators just enjoy watching the races for entertainment.
2/ Middle East
Horse racing is a popular sport in the UAE, though the betting on such sport is illegal here. The Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is described as the largest horse race in the world. It hosts the Dubai World Cup, which is one of the richest horse racing events worldwide with a prize of $10 million.
Besides football and rugby, horse racing is one of the most well-known sports in Australia, brings large crowds throughout the year. The country is home to over 300 racecourses, more than any country in the world.
Most of the races organized in Australia are flat ones. Some jumps racing events are held in Victoria and South Australia. Notably, the country holds the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.”
France is one of the leading nations in Europe in horse racing. The most important horse racing event in this country is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is not only the richest race in Europe but also the second richest turf race in the world.
The other famous horse racing events in France are the Prix de Diane, the Grand Prix de Paris, and the Prix du Jockey Club.
Beginning from the middle of the 1600s in New York, horse racing is now one of the best-loved sports in the United States in terms of spectator attendance but also for gambling. The U.S.’s horse racing market is worth about $115 billion annually.