Horse racing is one of the most popular sports on the planet, with fans from all over the world following the top 2021 horse racing calendar events throughout the season.

Whether you are a flat racing expert or enjoy reading up on the best National Hunt horses to follow, horse racing is widely available almost every day of the calendar year.

From following the most important Cheltenham Festival trends to the Classics races on the flat, 888sport is the place to be for major horse races 2021.

Major Horse Racing Events 2021:

The horse racing calendar 2021 is filling up quickly and equine experts will be keeping a close eye on our horse racing expert picks in the coming months.

888sport can offer a range of ante post odds on the big horse racing events 2021, with long term betting markets on the Grand National, Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot.

Without further ado, it is time to take a look at the horse racing fixtures 2021. While some of these races may not interest you, the majority of European horse racing betting calendar 2021 races are covered.

You will notice that the biggest National Hunt fixtures 2021 take place between November and April while the majority of the top flat racing meetings are held throughout the summer months. 


January – Horse Racing Calendar 2021

National Hunt - January Grade 1 Races:

  • Challow Novices’ Hurdle – Newbury
  • Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle – Sandown
  • Clarence House Chase – Ascot

National Hunt - January Grade 2 Races:

  • Dipper Novices’ Chase – Cheltenham
  • Relkeel Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Hampton Novices’ Chase – Warwick
  • Leamington Novices’ Hurdle – Warwick
  • Silviniaco Conti Chase – Kempton
  • Warfield Mares’ Hurdle – Ascot
  • Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle – Haydock
  • Altcar Novices’ Chase – Haydock
  • Champion Hurdle Trial – Haydock
  • Peter Marsh Chase - Haydock
  • Finesse Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Cotswold Chase – Cheltenham
  • Classic Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Cleeve Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • River Don Novices’ Hurdle – Doncaster
  • Lightning Novices’ Chase – Doncaster
  • Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle – Doncaster
  • Towton Novices’ Chase – Wetherby

National Hunt - January Grade 3 Races:

  • Paddy Power Handicap Chase – Cheltenham
  • Classic Chase – Warwick
  • Holloway’s Hurdle – Ascot
  • Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase – Cheltenham
  • Heroes Handicap Hurdle - Sandown

February – Horse Racing Events 2021

National Hunt - February Grade 1 Races:

  • Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase – Sandown
  • Ascot Chase – Ascot

National Hunt - February Grade 2 Races:

  • Kingmaker Novices’ Chase – Warwick
  • Denman Chase – Newbury
  • Game Spirit Chase – Newbury
  • Winter Bumper – Newbury
  • Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices Hurdle – Sandown
  • Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase – Ascot
  • Rendlesham Hurdle – Haydock Park
  • Prestige Novices’ Hurdle – Haydock Park
  • Kingwell Hurdle – Wincanton
  • Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle – Kempton
  • Pendil Novices’ Chase - Kempton
  • Dovecote Novices’ Chase – Kempton
  • National Spirit Hurdle – Fontwell
  • Premier Kelso Hurdle – Kelso

National Hunt - February Grade 3 Races:

  • Betfair Hurdle – Newbury
  • Grand National – Haydock Park
  • Betway Handicap Chase – Kempton
  • Greatwood Gold Cup – Newbury

Flat - February Group 3 Races:

  • Winter Derby – Lingfield Park

March – Big Horse Meetings 2021

National Hunt - March Grade 1 Races:

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy – Cheltenham Festival
  • Champion Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase – Cheltenham Festival
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase – Cheltenham Festival
  • Champion Bumper – Cheltenham Festival
  • Marsh Novices’ Chase – Cheltenham Festival
  • Ryanair Chase – Cheltenham Festival
  • Stayers’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Triumph Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup – Cheltenham Festival

National Hunt - March Grade 2 Races:

  • National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup – Cheltenham Festival
  • Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Finale - Newbury

National Hunt - March Grade 3 Races:

  • EBF Novices’ Handicap Hurdle – Sandown
  • Imperial Cup – Sandown
  • Ultima Handicap Chase – Cheltenham Festival
  • Pertemps Final – Cheltenham Festival
  • Coral Cup – Cheltenham Festival
  • Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate – Cheltenham Festival
  • County Handicap Hurdle – Cheltenham Festival
  • Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase – Cheltenham Festival

April – Horse Racing Schedule 2021

National Hunt - February Grade 1 Races:

  • Manifesto Novices’ Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Betway Bowl – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Aintree Hurdle - Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Top Novices’ Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Mildmay Novices’ Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Melling Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Sefton Novices’ Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Mersey Novices’ Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Maghull Novices’ Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Celebration Chase – Sandown

National Hunt - April Grade 2 Races:

  • Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Future Champion Novices’ Chase – Ayr
  • Scottish Champion Hurdle – Ayr
  • Silver Trophy Chase – Cheltenham
  • Oaksey Chase – Sandown
  • Bet365 Select Hurdle - Sandown

National Hunt - April Grade 3 Races:

  • Red Rum Handicap Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Topham Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Gaskells Handicap Hurdle – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Betway Handicap Chase – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • The Grand National – Aintree Grand National Festival
  • Scottish Grand National – Ayr
  • Junior Jumpers Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Bet365 Gold Cup – Sandown

Flat - April Group 1 Races:

  • 2000 Guineas Stakes – Newmarket
  • 1000 Guineas Stakes - Newmarket

Flat - April Group 2 Races:

  • Sandown Mile - Sandown

Flat - April Group 3 Races:

  • John Porter Stakes – Newbury
  • Fred Darling Stakes – Newbury
  • Greenham Stakes – Newbury
  • Nell Gwyn Stakes – Newmarket
  • Abernant Stakes – Newmarket
  • Craven Stakes – Newmarket
  • Earl of Sefton Stakes – Newmarket
  • Gordon Richards Stakes – Sandown
  • Sandown Classic Trial – Sandown

May – Biggest Horse Fixtures 2021

National Hunt - May Grade 3 Races:

  • Swinton Handicap Hurdle – Haydock Park

Flat - May Group 1 Races:

  • Lockinge Stakes – Newbury
  • Coronation Cup – Epsom
  • Oaks Stakes - Epsom

Flat - May Group 2 Races:

  • Jockey Club Stakes – Newmarket
  • Dahlia Stakes – Newmarket
  • Huxley Stakes – Chester
  • Duke of York Stakes – York
  • Middleton Stakes – York
  • Dante Stakes – York
  • Yorkshire Cup – York
  • Sandy Lane Stakes – Haydock
  • Temple Stakes – Haydock

Flat - May Group 3 Races:

  • Sagaro Stakes – Ascot
  • Pavilion Stakes – Ascot
  • Palace House Stakes – Newmarket
  • Chester Vase – Chester
  • Ormonde Stakes – Chester
  • Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes – Lingfield
  • Musidora Stakes – York
  • Aston Park Stakes – Newbury
  • Henry II Stakes – Sandown
  • Brigadier Gerard Stakes – Sandown
  • Bronte Cup – York
  • Princess Elizabeth Stakes – Epsom
  • Diomed Stakes – Epsom
  • Pinnacle Stakes – Haydock Park
  • John of Gaunt Stakes – Haydock Park

June – Horse Race Calendar 2021

Flat - June Group 1 Races:

  • The Derby – Epsom
  • Queen Anne Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • King’s Stand Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • St James’s Palace Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Prince of Wales’s Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Gold Cup – Royal Ascot
  • Commonwealth Cup – Royal Ascot
  • Coronation Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Royal Ascot

Flat - June Group 2 Races:

  • Coventry Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Queen Mary Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Queen’s Vase – Royal Ascot
  • Duke of Cambridge Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Norfolk Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Ribblesdale Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • King Edward VII Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Hardwicke Stakes – Royal Ascot

Flat - June Group 3 Races:

  • Hampton Court Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Albany Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Jersey Stakes – Royal Ascot
  • Hoppings Stakes – Newcastle
  • Chipchase Stakes – Newcastle
  • Criterion Stakes - Newmarket

July – Major Racing Meetings 2021

Flat - July Group 1 Races:

  • Eclipse Stakes – Sandown
  • Falmouth Stakes – Newmarket Stakes
  • July Cup – Newmarket
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Ascot
  • Goodwood Cup – Glorious Goodwood
  • Sussex Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Nassau Stakes – Glorious Goodwood

Flat - July Group 2 Races:

  • Lancashire Oaks – Haydock
  • July Stakes – Newmarket
  • Princess of Wales’s Stakes – Newmarket
  • Duchess of Cambridge Stakes – Newmarket
  • Superlative Stakes – Newmarket
  • Summer Mile Stakes – Ascot
  • York Stakes – York
  • Vintage Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Lennox Stakes – Glorious Goodwood

Flat - July Group 3 Races:

  • Sprint Stakes – Sandown
  • Bahrain Trophy – Newmarket
  • Summer Stakes – York
  • John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes – York
  • Hackwood Stakes – Newbury
  • Princess Margaret Stakes – Ascot
  • Valiant Stakes – Ascot
  • Molecomb Stokes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Gordon Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Oak Tree Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Thoroughbred Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Glorious Stakes – Glorious Goodwood

August – Major Horse Races 2021

Flat - August Group 1 Races:

  • International Stakes – York
  • Yorkshire Oaks – York
  • Nunthorpe Stakes - York

Flat - August Group 2 Races:

  • Richmond Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • King George Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Lillie Langtry Stakes – Glorious Goodwood
  • Hungerford Stakes – Newbury
  • Great Voltigeur Stakes – York
  • Lowther Stakes – York
  • Lonsdale Cup – York
  • Gimcrack Stakes – York
  • City of York Stakes – York
  • Celebration Mike – Goodwood

Flat - August Group 3 Races:

  • Rose of Lancaster Stakes – Haydock Park
  • Sweet Solera Stakes – Newmarket
  • Sovereign Stakes – Salisbury
  • Geoffrey Freer Stakes – Newbury
  • Acomb Stakes – York
  • Strensall Stakes – York
  • Prestige Stakes – Goodwood
  • March Stakes – Goodwood
  • Winter Hill Stakes – Windsor
  • Supreme Stakes – Goodwood

September – Racing Fixtures 2021

Flat - September Group 1 Races:

  • Sprint Cup – Haydock Park
  • St Leger Stakes – Doncaster
  • Cheveley Park Stakes – Newmarket
  • Middle Park Stakes - Newmarket

Flat - September Group 2 Races:

  • Park Hill Stakes – Doncaster
  • May Hill Stakes – Doncaster
  • Flying Childers Stakes – Doncaster
  • Doncaster Cup – Doncaster
  • Champagne Stakes – Doncaster
  • Park Stakes – Doncaster
  • Mill Reef Stakes – Newbury
  • Rockfel Stakes – Newmarket
  • Joel Stakes – Newmarket
  • Royal Lodge Stakes - Newmarket

Flat - September Group 3 Races:

  • Solario Stakes – Sandown
  • Atalanta Stakes – Sandown
  • Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes – Salisbury
  • September Stakes – Kempton
  • Superior Mile – Haydock Park
  • Sirenia Stakes – Kempton
  • Sceptre Stakes – Doncaster
  • Legacy Cup – Newbury
  • Firth of Clyde Stakes – Ayr
  • World Trophy – Newbury
  • Somerville Tattersall Stakes – Newmarket
  • Princess Royal Stakes – Newmarket

October – Big Horse Events 2021

National Hunt - October Grade 2 Races:

  • Persian War Novices’ Hurdle – Chepstow
  • Old Roan Chase – Aintree
  • West Yorkshire Hurdle – Wetherby
  • Charlie Hall Chase – Wetherby
  • Haldon Gold Cup – Exeter

National Hunt - October Grade 3 Races:

  • Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle – Chepstow
  • Sodexo Gold Cup – Ascot

Flat - October Group 1 Races:

  • Sun Chariot Stakes – Newmarket
  • Fillies’ Mile – Newmarket
  • Dewhurst Stakes – Newmarket
  • British Champions Spring Stakes – Ascot
  • British Champions Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes – Ascot
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – Ascot
  • Champion Stakes – Ascot
  • Vertem Futurity Trophy – Doncaster

Flat - October Group 2 Races:

  • Challenge Stakes – Newmarket
  • British Champions Long Distance Cup – Ascot

Flat - October Group 3 Races:

  • Cumberland Lodge Stakes – Ascot
  • Bengough Stakes – Ascot
  • Cornwallis Stakes – Newmarket
  • Oh So Sharp Stakes – Newmarket
  • Pride Stakes – Newmarket
  • Autumn Stakes – Newmarket
  • Zetland Stakes – Newmarket
  • Darley Stakes – Newmarket
  • Horris Hill Stakes – Newbury
  • St. Simon Stakes – Newbury

November – Horse Calendar 2021

National Hunt - November Grade 1 Races:

  • Betfair Chase – Haydock Park

National Hunt - November Grade 2 Races:

  • Rising Stars Novices’ Chase – Wincanton
  • Elite Hurdle – Wincanton
  • Hyde Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Prestbury Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • November Novices’ Chase – Cheltenham
  • Shloer Chase – Cheltenham
  • Sharp Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • 1965 Chase – Ascot
  • Ascot Hurdle – Ascot
  • Berkshire Novices’ Chase – Newbury
  • Long Distance Hurdle - Newbury

National Hunt - November Grade 3 Races:

  • BetVictor Handicap Chase – Cheltenham
  • BetVictor Gold Cup – Cheltenham
  • Greatwood Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle – Haydock Park

December: Horse Racing Events 2021

National Hunt - December Grade 1 Races:

  • Fighting Fifth Hurdle – Newcastle
  • Henry VIII Novices’ Chase – Sandown
  • Long Walk Hurdle – Ascot
  • Kauto Star Novices’ Chase – Kempton
  • Christmas Hurdle – Kempton
  • King George VI Chase – Kempton
  • Finale Juvenile Hurdle – Chepstow

National Hunt - December Grade 2 Races:

  • John Francome Novices’ Chase – Newbury
  • Winter Novices’ Hurdle – Sandown
  • Many Clouds Chase – Aintree
  • Peterborough Chase – Huntingdon
  • Bristol Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • December Novices’ Chase – Doncaster
  • Summit Juvenile Hurdle – Doncaster
  • International Hurdle – Cheltenham
  • Noel Novices’ Chase – Ascot
  • Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle – Ascot
  • Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase – Kempton
  • Desert Orchid Chase – Kempton

National Hunt - December Grade 3 Races:

  • Ladbrokes Trophy – Newbury
  • Becher Chase – Aintree
  • BetVictor Handicap Chase – Cheltenham
  • Caspian Caviar Gold Cup – Cheltenham
  • Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle – Ascot
  • Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase – Wetherby
  • Welsh Grand National - Chepstow

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Alastair Grant / AP Photo*

 

FIRST PUBLISHED: 17th October 2020

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