Did you know that horse racing is the second largest spectator sport in Great Britain? Generating more than £3.7 billion for the British economy you’ll find some of the greatest racecourses including Newmarket, Ascot and Cheltenham. Even more our home soil houses a handful of the world’s most iconic races including the Epsom Derby, the Grand National, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
With a total of 59 licensed racecourses across Great Britain and a further 2 in Northern Ireland you are spoilt for choice when organising your next day out whether for corporate clients, colleagues, or group of friends. So rather than getting dressed up in your racing day finery and having to experience the trouble of public transport, you could make your big day out truly sophisticated with our Racing Days Chauffeur Experience.
Rapid Exec provide a straightforward and hassle free door-to-door chauffeur service so that you can enjoy the conversation without the distraction of driving. You and your guests can sit back in privacy and enjoy the comfort of a range of Mercedes Benz vehicles including a sublime S Class limousine, executive E class saloons or MPV people carriers. Thanks to our experienced drivers, who hold considerable knowledgeable of the UK road networks, you’ll be guaranteed an efficient, reliable, and punctual service. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of the most notable racing days in the calendar below and get planning your next day out:
Located near Liverpool in Merseyside, Aintree was established back in 1892 and is now best known for annually holding the world famous Grand National. The race which is 4 miles, 3 furlongs, and 110 yards long is considered to be one of the most demanding steeplechases in the world currently offering prize money of approximately £1 million.
According to AP McCoy the Grand National is the race that the world stops to watch and its popularity is proved by the massive crowd turnouts and 600 million home viewers. Owned by The Jockey Club, a commercial group existing solely for the long-term good of the sport since 1750, Aintree also hosts the Grand Opening day which offers live music and entertainment as well as Ladies’ Day which gives ticketholders the opportunity to compete in the style stakes as well as top class racing.
- Grand Opening Day: 7th April 2016
- Ladies Day: 8th April 2016
- Grand National Day: 9th April 2016
Hosting 9 of Britain’s 32 annual races Ascot is most famous for the Royal Ascot; an event often referred to as the centrepiece of the British social calendar providing the ultimate stage for the best racehorse. However, the Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of the Royal Ascot where ladies’ day is traditional the busiest of the week.
- QIPCO British Champions Day: 17th October 2015
- Royal Ascot: Mid-June 2016
- King George Weekend: Late July 2016
Set amongst the scenic location of the Cotswold Hills, Cheltenham Racecourse boasts a natural amphitheatre with a capacity of 67,500 spectators. Like Aintree, Cheltenham is also a Jockey Club racecourse. Cheltenham Racecourse houses a total of 3 tracks; the original, a tricky downhill fence with a long run-in, and a cross-country course which is laid inside the main track.
As the heart of almost every aspect of jump racing the Cheltenham Festival will expect to see a staggering £600 million pounds change hands during the 27 races.
- The Open: 13th – 15th November 2015
- Cheltenham Festival: 15th – 18th March 2016
Providing a venue for both flat race and over jumps, Newbury Racecourse hosts one of Great Britain’s 32 major races; the Lockinge Stakes. Established in 1958, one of the newer races in our calendar, the Lockinge Stakes became part of the British Champions Series in 2011 boasting a premier track.
- The bet365 Hennessy Festival: 26th – 28th November 2015
- Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes Day: 14th May 2016
Used for both flat and jump racing the oval circuit at Chepstow Racecourse is just under 2 miles long. With a total of 32 yearly fixtures, the Coral Welsh Grand National is described as the highlight of the Welsh racing calendar.
The jump races are a wonderful social occasion for family and friends alike with an attendance of more than 10,000 people. Capturing the passion and excitement of horse racing this year’s winner will receive a prize of £120,000
- Coral Welsh Grand National: 27th December 2015