10 Richest English Flat Races
Whilst races such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National are the big names the big names in National Hunt racing there are equally notorious flat races. We take a look at 10 of the richest and most popular:
1. The Epsom Derby
The Epsom Derby is not only England’s oldest and most prestigious horse race for thoroughbreds, it is also the country’s richest. Each year the nation’s most prestigious race for 3 year old thoroughbreds pays out a prize fund of £1,25 million pounds.
2. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Recognised as being the highest quality race run in the United Kingdom, the King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth Stakes has one of the richest prizes in international thoroughbred racing. The race tends to feature an array of former Classics winners, and pays out a prize fund of £850,000.
3. International Stakes
The International Stakes is the most prestigious race held at York Racecourse. Open to 3 year old and above thoroughbred colts and fillies, the race is also one of England’s richest events, paying out a £600,000 purse.
4. The St Leger Stakes
The last of the five Classics run annually in England is presently the fourth richest race in the country. Run over 1,6 miles at Doncaster during the later part of the flat racing season, the St Leger Stakes pays out a prize fund of £500,000.
5. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes & Royal Jubilee Stakes
Two of the feature races run annually at Royal Ascot tie for the fifth richest race in English thoroughbred racing. Whilst neither race is regarded as being more prestigious than the Ascot Gold Cup, they both offer substantially higher prize money, with each race paying out a £450,000 purse.
6. The Newmarket Guineas
The opening Classics of the English thoroughbred racing season both offer significant financial rewards to trainers and owners whose racehorses win or place in either race. Both the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas pay out purses of £400,000.
7. The Epsom Oaks
The most prestigious fillies’ race of the flat racing season pays out a purse fit for a princess, with £350,000 on offer for the racehorses that place in the race.
8. The Coronation Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup & St James’s Palace Stakes
These five group 1 feature races at the Royal Ascot meeting pay out a cumulative total of £1,5 million in prize money. The five races all pay out purses of equal value, with £300,000 distributed between the racehorses that place in each race.
9. The Sprint Cup
The 5f Sprint Cup ties with the King’s Stand Stakes as the richest sprint in English flat racing. The event is also the richest thoroughbred race held at Haydock Racecourse every year, paying out prize money of £300,000.
10. The Sussex Stakes
The Sussex Stakes is the highlight of another of England’s major race meetings – the Glorious Goodwood Festival. This group 1 race is one of the richest open age group thoroughbred races in the world, paying out a prize fund of just under £300,000.