Horse racing calendar 2019: Schedule and results

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Equine excellence and fashion elegance combine to make the international racing circuit a hotbed of glitz, glamor and sporting action.

And a new year brings a new calendar of exhilarating horse races across the globe.

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Here are the races you need to know about it 2019.

Pegasus World Cup

When: January 26

Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US

What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.

For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

Result: City of Light strolls to $4M top prize at Pegasus World Cup

Cheltenham Festival

When: March 12-15

Where: Cheltenham, UK

What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences.

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Dubai World Cup

When: March 30

Where: Meydan, Dubai

What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

Result: Thunder Snow makes Dubai World Cup history

The Grand National

When: April 6

Where: Aintree, UK

What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings.

Result: Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum with back-to-back Grand National wins

Kentucky Derby

When: May 4

Where: Churchill Downs, USA

What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million.

Result: Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified

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