As Indians with a colonial history, Racecourses are not a new concept for us. They come in all shapes and sizes and are situated all around the world – some come draped in luxury and others are as bare bones as they get. The sport may be an ancient pursuit of kings, but in 2016 horse racing is a modern spectator sport experience. Let’s have a look…
Sitting in the county of Berkshire, England, Royal Ascot Racecourse is one of the most prestigious venues for horse racing in the world. Due to its location near Windsor Castle, home to the British Royal Family, it has always been a special place for the sport. 32 annual races take place on the hallowed turf, with the most important being the ‘King George IV and Queen Elizabeth Stakes’, held in July.
The most famous course in the United States, Churchill Downs, is situated in the state of Kentucky. It can hold 120,000 people in its uniquely beautiful and creaking stands (which opened in 1875), and hosts the famous Kentucky Derby each year.
Meydan Racecourse, completed in 2010, not only incorporates the region’s history, but is also designed in true modern-Dubai style, with luxury and grandiosity of paramount importance. The stadium itself holds over 60,000 people and is quite possibly the most glamorous race course in the world, sitting in a 200 million sq. ft. development space called Meydan City.