The second largest spectator sport in Great Britain is horse racing, dating back many centuries.
There are several racecourses throughout the UK; some of which are Goodwood, Lingfield, Ascot and Aintree to name a few. Racecourses are specific to the horse breed racing in the events. Some of the racecourses hold very large races.
There are several horseracing major events in the UK. These events range from the jump, flat and mixed races. These major events are posted on The British Horseracing Authority website. Major events such as the Cheltenham Festival, The Radox Health Grand National Festival, The Coral Scottish Grand National Meeting are listed along with many others, which include a brief synopsis on each event.
Thoroughbred foals are bred every year, approximately 5000. Statistics show that at least 4000 to 5000 racehorses retire every year. At any one given time, there are approximately 20000 horses in horseracing.
In 1519 the Kiplincotes Derby horse race was first run and is still in existence. The Kiplincotes Derby is the oldest horse race in England.
Horse racing is enjoyed in many different ways in the UK. There are those who like to be actively involved through horse ownership. Or others who want to train. Then, of course, there is the gambling side of horse racing. One cannot leave out the importance of spectators. Without their involvement, the sport of horse racing would not be what it is today.
Eventually, all racehorses will stop racing for various reasons. Some retire while others leave racing prematurely. When racehorses leave racing before retiring they are known as wastage horses. Poor performance is often the primary reason for a racehorse to be pulled from racing. Other reasons may include injury, illness and even behavioural issues.