In the wake of the controversial disqualification in the Kentucky Derby I heard a comment that the Kentucky Derby is the greatest horse race in the world. I thought I would give my opinion of what are the greatest horse races in the world. My top 4 would be:
1. Melbourne Cup
A handicap race run over 3,200 m on the first Tuesday in November with total prize money of $7,300,000 and trophies worth $250,000 in 2018. First run in 1861. No other race in the world can compare to the Melbourne Cup in its standing in the culture of Australia that is called “the race that stops a nation”… It is a public holiday in Melbourne, Victoria for the race.
The largest owner of race horses in the world, Godolphin,took over 20 years before they were able to win the Melbourne Cup in 2018.
Owners from New Zealand, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa and the United States amongst other countries have tried to win the cup.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Grand National, Aintree.