Check Out Australian Horse Racing for New Thoroughbred Excitement.
Are you interested in something a little different thanThoroughbred racing in the US or the UK? Are you tired of steeplechases and dirt claiming races? You should check out horse racing in Australia, which is every bit as exciting as racing in the States or Europe, with high-stakes events like the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup. Here's a look at four good reasons why you should follow Aussie racing.
It's something familiar, yet different.
It can be tough to go from a racing system like your own to one that's completely different. However, Australian racing is the perfect blend of UK and US Thoroughbred racing.
Like in Europe, Australian racing takes place on turf courses, and the racecourses, or tracks, are stunning with all that green. Unlike in the UK, however, Aussie courses are mostly ovals, so you don't have to learn the ins and outs of the the racecourse configurations like you do in Britain.
Australia has its own version of the UK and US Triple Crown races. Winning the "Cups Double" is taking both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, which is no small feat given the length of these races. Only one horse, Rising Fast from New Zealand, has ever won the Cups Double AND the Cox Plate, and that was way back in 1954.
If you're worried you won't be able to predict the Caulfield Guineas or Cox Plate results because the Aussie racing forms are so different, you can relax. The form guides in Australia are similar to both those of the UK and the US, and in no time, you'll be able to study past performances to pick a winner.
Rest assured, Australian horse racing is full of fabulous horses (see below), but it offers so much more. The best way to watch racing Down Under is to experience it in person. This is because the major
Australian races feature a load of style and entertainment elements on par with the Royal Ascot and the Kentucky Derby.
The Caulfield Cup, in particular, has a chic reputation. Each year, the event kicks off with the renowned Blue Sapphire Ladies Luncheon, and there are fashion prizes for both men and women on race day. You'll find smart dress and amazing millinery too at the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.
There are amazing horses being trained Down Under.
Australian horse racing fans in the United Kingdom and the States tend to get a little biased about their Thoroughbred champions. Anyone who's ever watched the legendary Black Caviar race, however, knows the quality of horses that are emerging in Australia. Imagine winning 25 races in 25 starts at the highest echelon of competition!
Whether you like sprints or "staying" races, you're sure to find world class horses in Australia, along with trainers who can hold their own against the best of the US and the UK. There are plenty of tracks to choose from too; Melbourne alone has four!
It's jam packed with excitement.
It's not just the native horses that are fantastic. Australia is rapidly becoming a center for international racing, led by the Melbourne Cup, "the race that stops a nation." Australia has a high number of Group 1 races, similar to Grade 1 races in the US, and these attract the world's top breeders and jockeys.
To make the racing even more exhilarating, you can't watch the workouts, also known as "gallops," in the morning like you can in the US. The trainers put their Thoroughbreds through their paces at private stables near the racecourses. While you can use a racing form to help you predict the Melbourne Cup and Cox plate results, there is an element of mystery about the horses' performances that make the big races that much more electric.
The next time you're looking for something different from the typical race fare in the US or the UK, take a look Down Under. Australian racing is taking the world by storm, and you can be on the cutting edge.
This article was written by Tony Samboras who is a big fan of horse racing. His knowledge and expertise has helped his mission to promote Australian horse racing abroad.