Horse Racing Around The World

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Horse racing in Ireland is more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle for some people. The subjects are thoroughbred and can be traced back to Arabian stallions who were imported to England early in the eighteenth century. The stallions mated with native horses to produce a stronger and faster breed. There are two types of races these horses compete in. Flat racing is the most classic known race that runs over a set range started from stalls. Horses can begin running these races at two years of age.

The headquarters of flat racing in the country of Ireland is at the Curragh in Kildare where history has it that Celtic Kings once held races there. National Hunt, or Jump, requires the horses to jump over a number of obstacles. Maturing slower than flat race horses, these horses are usually four or five years of age when beginning to jump.

In Ireland, the main season for the sport of horse racing runs from November to the end of April, although one can catch a jump race at any time of the year. There are various categories in which a horse can compete ranging from the Conditions Race, a race in which the animal is required to have won one race or more, to the Maiden Race, for those that have yet to win.

Horse races in Japan are headed by the Japan Racing Association that was established in 1954. The JRA is required to provide ten percent of its gross betting turnover to the national treasury. Japan breeds the fourth highest number of Thoroughbreds in the world.

In stake races in Japan, the first place purse is 250 million yen and called the Japan Cup. The smallest purse is 5 million yen and given at events to two or three year old newcomers who do not win. Before each run, the horses are taken for a stroll in the parade ring so people who are betting on the race have a chance to check them out before placing their bets. Seeing these thoroughbreds at close quarters for many citizens is a thrill and a huge part of the whole experience.

Tracks in France offer programs free of charge. On the track, bets are only allowed for the next race so advance betting is not allowed. There are many interesting options tor the type of bet one can make, including the Jemele Place which includes picking two of the animals who can win in any order as long as they are in the top three. All bets are made through tellers, making the sport a more intimate and a social experience for such spectators.

In South Africa, the rich and famous love spending their days at the horse racing track. There are three famous events that take place in three principal cities. The Summer Cup is held in Johannesburg, the J&B Met is held at Cape Town in the Kenilworth Race Course and the Durban July is held at Durban.

After parties are a must for South Africans after a day of betting and horse racing. Saftote is the agency in control of keeping all betting within stipulated regulations. Two organizations, Phumelela Gaming and Gold Circle, control the sport in South Africa. The history and excitement behind the sport makes horse racing an event that will not disappoint.

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