Known internationally as the Epsom Derby but more colloquially as The Derby or The Derby Stakes, this a flat race run over 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards. It takes place at Epsom Downs every year on the first Saturday in June and it is the biggest, richest horse race in the United Kingdom. Previous winners have in recent years earned prizes of up ?700,000.00 and the value of Aurhorized, the 2007 shot up to an incredibly ?10 million in stud fees.
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This esteemed Blue Riband event is run on the racecourse at Cheltenham in the United Kingdom during the annual Cheltenham Festival in March. As the most valuable non-handicap race in the country, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is considered to be the most prestigious of the Nation Hunt calendar. It covers 3 miles, 2 1/2 furlongs over 22 fences.
In terms of prize money, the Grand National is the most valuable National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom. Run over a distance of 4 miles 856 yards, covering 2 circuits of the Aintree National Racecourse, it was founded by William Philip Molyneux, who owned the land at Aintree in Liverpool, and while there is some matter of historical debate as to when the first Grand National Race was actually run, opinion has settled for 1836 although the years 1836-1838 do not appear in the record books because the races run in 1837 and 1838 were originally believed to have taken place elsewhere.