Recent years has seen a steady increase in the amount of horses from Britain and Ireland travelling abroad. Whether it be the Breeders Cup, Melbourne Cup, The Dubai World Cup or simply a short trip across the water to France, it is becoming more and more prevalent.
A main reason for this is prize money. The money on offer at Churchill Downs, Flemington Park and Meydan puts some of the money on offer for black-type races in the British Isles to shame. Whilst the money on offer here was always very attractive, other countries have moved past us in this respect, Champions Day at Ascot aside.
Many trainers also send horses to France as it may prove to be a better opportunity to gain a group class victory. Winning in this grade as a monumental effect on a horses stud fee, so if the ground at Auteil is likely to suit more than that at Ascot, a trainer and owner is more than happy to get the horse across the channel.
This has resulted in some very famous victories for British and Irish horses, here is a few highlights below.