Sports betting in Malaysia is a huge activity that attracts enthusiasts of all ages and classes. Horse racing is one of the activities that those who engage in sports betting in Malaysia follow. With horse racing being introduced in Malaysia and Singapore by the British in 1802, the sport has remained popular since then.
Fans and betting enthusiasts have been following the race with keen interest with a special focus on horse racing in the UK as well as other countries where this activity is well established. For those who are interested in horse racing in the UK, click here for more insights. In this article, Kate Richardson (You can view her profile here) will be looking at major international horse racing activities from July to December 2021.
Moet and Chadon July festival
They normally say that summer is not complete with the July festival. Come July 10th, 2021, the world will be meeting at New Market Racecourses for the Moet and Chadon July festival. The three days horse racing event promises to be world-class and fabulous. Horse racing fans, betting enthusiasts, and fashion-sensitive folks will each have an exciting moment as they try to satisfy their curiosity. Jockey club encourages acquiring tickets early as they only have a limited number, this shows the popularity of the event especially when the world is slowly coming to life after long COVID -19 induced lockdowns.
The first day of the event will be Ladies Day, this is the hottest ticket of the event with visitors coming from all parts of the world to enjoy the thrilling horse races, entertainment, and fabulous fashion.
The second day will be Gentlemen’s Day; this is the day where racegoers can visit with their partners, family, and friends. The event promises to deliver a fantastic day’s racing and an opportunity to enjoy the stylish summer festival.
The third and final day is Darley July Cup Day. This is what the festival is about. The event will feature Group 1 race; the prestigious and most valuable event will be organized with the winner being recognized as the best sprinter, not just in the United Kingdom but the whole of Europe.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The Group 1 Flat race will be taking place every year in October. Held at Ascot racecourse in England, the event is open to three years and older horses, running over a distance of one mile. It was originally a September event but changed when its name was switched from Knight’s Royal Stakes to Queen Elizabeth. It was originally a Group 2 status meet but was promoted in 1987 and has since been added to the Breeeders’ Cup Challenge series. The current winner is The Revenant; the United Kingdom bred horse and a French-trained thoroughbred specializing in over 1600 meters races. Its trainer is Pierre Charles Boudot.
Yorkshire Ebor festival
The four-day event is scheduled to take place between August 19th and 22. It will be staged at York Racecourse in York, England. The August event has been taking place ever since the first run in 1843. Each of the four days has some great events lined up and now given that restrictions on the attendance of outdoor events have been lifted, fans will have a great time as they get out of long and tedious lockdowns. Wednesday will see the Juddmonte International day marked where Juddmonte international, Great Voltigeur Stakes, and Acomb Stakes will be the highlights of the day. The second day will be Ladies’ Day where Lowther Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks will be the featured races. On Friday, Nunthrope Day will be marked where Nunthorpe, Strensall, and Gimcrack Stakes will be the races for the day. The final day will see the Ebor handicap and Lonsdale Cup staged. This race is a major event in the flat racing calendar that is set to attract racegoers from the United Kingdom as well as different parts of the world.
The 2021 Ebor Festival will be different from the 2020 edition as fans will be allowed into the racecourse. Last year’s event was held in a very restrictive environment where fans were not allowed into the racetrack. With the heightened vaccination campaigns, it is expected that a sizeable crowd will attend the festival. Guidelines on the admission of fans have been issued where everybody is supposed to observe the social and physical distance, sanitize at all times as well as wearing masks properly during the entire festival. Racegoers have also been discouraged from using public transport as they have been the source of most infections. With the strict observance of these measures, it is expected that this event and many others which are scheduled during the year can be safe.
The November Meeting
Jockey Club website describes this event which starts on Friday the 12th November 2021 and runs to Sunday the 14th November as “unmissable”. The race goers return after being locked out in the 2020 edition although they had a chance of watching the action online. Fans are delighted to have the event again, this time racetracks welcoming the spectators to see the action that they missed in 2020 as a result of restrictions that had been put in place to curb COVID-19 infections. With spectators observing all the health protocols, it is expected that the race will be safe. The 41st edition is expected to provide thrilling action despite the inconveniences brought about by the need to mask, sanitize, and observance of social distance.
Other events scheduled for the period include:
- 32Red Christmas Festival which will be held in December at Kempton Park
- Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Wales
- Qatar Prix de l’Arch de Triomphe which will be held at Longchamps Paris in 3rd October 2021
- Melbourne Cup which will be held on 2nd November 2021
The international horse racing calendar is full-packed up to December, racegoers looking for action can make a date with these and many more events. With the restrictions on fan attendance slowly being lifted, the race gets interesting. It is a chance for race-goers and horse racing betting enthusiasts to get the action again and enjoy their favorite sporting activity.