The flat racing season certainly comes to prominence when the sun is out and racegoers can don their Summer attire and throughout the warm months there is an array of top class flat racing taking place up and down the country, with top class festivals like Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood adding colour to a season that sees races like the Derby and the Oaks also take centre stage.
May usually holds the first mini festival of the season as the Classic generation strut their stuff at the home of flat racing, Newmarket, at the Guineas meeting. The best three-year-old colts in training will line up for the 2000 Guineas, whilst the following day the fillies will be at the forefront of punters minds in the 1000 Guineas.
Often unearthing future stars, many who have competed in the Guineas will look to use it as a springboard to the second batch of Classics, but this time the females will be the main attraction on the first day of the Derby meeting at Epsom. The Epsom Oaks will take place on the Friday afternoon and is one of the hardest races to win as not only will a filly have to show speed, but also stamina in the 1m 4f around the idiosyncratic undulations of Epsom Downs.
The following day, the colts will be on the back pages, as the Epsom Derby will attract bumper crowds and is the pinnacle of any flat horses career and it is a dream for trainers, owners and jockeys alike to have their name etched alongside some of the greats of the sport.
The Classic season is completed with the St Leger at Doncaster, but throughout the season, punters are treated to flat racing festivals of the highest quality with Royal Ascot the highlight for many. It attracts a diverse crowd with the Royal connection seeing everyone at the racecourse looking their resplendent best, but the racing certainly shines brighter with a plethora of Group races taking centre stage throughout the five-day festival alongside some hotly-contested handicaps.
A worldwide phenomenon, Royal Ascot has often seen trainers target the meeting from all over the globe and horses have travelled over from every continent to pit their wits against the best of British nd some have managed to prise away the glory and head back to their country with their head held eye.
Kicking off on the Tuesday with a trio of Group One contests, it continues right through until Saturday, where the Golden Jubilee Stakes is certainly one of the highlights, attracting the world's best sprinters.
Glorious Goodwood is another festival that broadcasts flat racing in a fine light, whilst the Dante festival at York racecourse, Chesters May Meeting and the Ebor Festival are just another few jamborees that offer the equine fans among you some top quality action on the level.
At the end of the season, all eyes then revert back to Ascot, as the British Champions Day will see all the leading horses return for a final soiree in which the British Champions Series, which comprises of races throughout the season, is completed and we see yet again runners from all over the continent doing battle in what is an awesome day of flat action.
Major Races in the Flat Racing Calendar