See the photo-finishes for yourself

Dating back to ancient Roman and Greek chariot races, horse racing has a longstanding history as a real crowd-pleaser. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a good race, from the thrill of having a flutter to the glamour of fashions on the field. Australia's own race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup, has defined the country's racing calendar and cemented its spot in the social scene for over 150 years. To be among the thousands who gather at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November, get in touch with a Flight Centre consultant and book your trip to enjoy the Melbourne public holiday.

Horse Racing: Melbourne CupThe nation stops to watch a close finish at the Melbourne cup

Head to the United Kingdom in June to experience the sport of kings at the week-long racing series the Royal Ascot. With the Queen and the Royal Party in attendance, the dress code is predictably formal and entry is restricted in the Royal Enclosure (one of three enclosures). The heritage venue and traditional pageantry is a sight to behold. Across the Channel, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe brings the thoroughbred elite to Longchamp in October to round off France's racing season in spectacular fashion.

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby TrackAerial view of the Kentucky Derby track

America's annual Kentucky Derby in Louisville thrills spectators every May with the 'most exciting two minutes in sports'. Sip a mint julep and stake out your spot at Churchill Downs to be roused by marching band tunes and see the winning steed draped in a garland of red roses. In the United Arab Emirates, the lavish Dubai World Cup has become the richest horse race in the world, with champion stallions and fillies vying for a purse of $10 million. If you are champing at the bit to see the photo-finishes for yourself, book a sporting holiday with Flight Centre and experience the traditions and the triumphs firsthand.

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