The Breeders' Cup, Louisville

Join us for two days of spectacular racing at Churchill Downs 2018 Breeders’ Cup! The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world. It is the richest prize-money event in sports, consisting of 13 championship races and purses totalling $26 million.

2017 saw the 34th running of the two-day thoroughbred extravaganza that is the Breeders’ Cup with Del Mar successfully hosting the event over in sunning San Diego. The Breeders’ Cup Classic saw Gun Runner go to the front shortly after the break, he defeated Collected by 2 ¼ lengths to take home the £6 million purse. It was a disappointing run for Arrogate, who finished fifth, denying him the opportunity to equal Tiznow’s record of two back to back wins. The Breeders’ Cup Turf was won by Talismanic,who surged to the front in deep stretch and claimed victory from Oscar Performance. Last year’s Turf victor, Highland Reel, came home in third place.


4 nights Marriott Downtown Louisville from £3,070 per person
4 Night Extension - Bellagio Las Vegas from £570 per person including flights with Southwest


Wednesday 31 October
Depart: London Heathrow Flight BA295 12:05 hrs
Arrive: Chicago 15:55 hrs
Depart: Chicago Flight BA1793 19:50 hrs
Arrive: Louisville 22:05 hrs
On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel where accommodation has been reserved for four nights on a room only basis.

Thursday 01 November
Today, enjoy a combined horse farm and distillery tour, including lunch. This is your chance to sample Kentucky’s finest liquor coupled with a visit to a Horse Farm. Upon our return to the hotel, we shall have Welcome Drinks with your Host and Fellow Travellers.

Friday 02 November
Racing at Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup

Saturday 03 November
Racing at Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup

Sunday 04 November
Day at leisure until a mid-day transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Depart: Louisville Flight BA6592 17:35 hrs
Arrive: Chicago 18:07 hrs
Depart: Chicago Flight BA296 20:35 hrs

Monday 05 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 10:15 hrs

For those who would like to combine the Breeders’ Cup with a short visit to Las Vegas, we can offer 4 nights on a room only basis at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Sunday 04 November
Transfer from Marriott Downtown Louisville to Louisville Airport for your flight to Las Vegas. Accommodation has been arranged at the Hotel Bellagio for four nights on a room only basis.

Monday 05 - Wednesday 07 November
Days at leisure to enjoy the spectacle of this fairytale city.

Thursday 08 November
Depart: Las Vegas Flight BA274 21:00 hrs

Friday 09 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 14:55 hrs

Flight Upgrades, subject to availability:
World Traveller Plus from: £470
Club Class from: £2,590

Please note: you should make your own way by taxi to/from Las Vegas airport to the Bellagio Hotel.


Louisville Marriott Downtown

Ideally located for a flying visit to the Breeders' Cup, Louisville Marriott Downtown is just a 10-minute drive from Churchill Downs, and a stroll from the city's waterfront with its parks and eateries. Rooms here are spacious and offer plenty of comfort after a long day at the races.  

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement £150 per night

Bellagio, Las Vegas

This beautiful Italian renaissance style 5* property is an oasis of sheer elegance with state of the art comfort throughout.  The Bellagio nestles alongside a magnificent lake adorned with spectacular fountains and surrounded by lush gardens.  The fountains are enhanced at night by colour, light & classical music.  The hotel offers a grand Casino, elegant shopping promenade, fine dining establishments and a theatre reminiscent of the Paris Opera House.   Each guest room is elegantly appointed with European style furnishings, art & antiquities yet complemented with every modern day convenience; satellite T.V., stereo, room safe, telephone and en-suite marble bathroom.

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement: £100 per room per night


Tour Highlights

Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs, opened in 1875, covers 147 acres and the main, oval, dirt track is one mile in circumference and the turf track, inside the main track, is 7 furlongs in circumference. In addition to the track, clubhouse and stables, Churchill Downs also contains the Kentucky Derby Museum which focuses on the history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.

The Races
Friday 02 November 2018 – the following races will be run: $½ million Marathon , $1 million Juvenile Turf, $1 million Dirt Mile, $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, $2 million Distaff and 5 other supporting races.

Saturday 03 November 2018 – the most prestigious day of the Championship – the following races will be run: $2 million Juvenile Fillies, $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, $1 million Turf Sprint, $2 million Juvenile, $3 million Turf, $1½ million Xpressbet Sprint, $2 million Mile, $5 million Classic and 3 other supporting races.

Facilities at Churchill Downs Racecourse
Kentucky weather can be extremely changeable at this time of the year and can be cold, as such we have secured a Jockey Club Suite overlooking the track, with indoor and outdoor seating. Lunch is served buffet style and there is access to a cash bar. Betting facilities are located inside the suite.

Additional Info

Tour Extensions 
The Breeders' Cup tour to Louisville is fully escorted and our Horse Racing Abroad representative will be on site. If you wish to extend your visit to the USA before or after The Breeders' Cup we should be delighted to assist with your arrangements, which would be unescorted. Maybe go shopping in New York or Chicago, visit the vineyards of California or enjoy the sunshine of Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. Please contact our reservations department for further details.

Price Includes

• Return scheduled flights by British Airways • 4 nights room only accommodation at Louisville Marriott Downtown based on twin/double occupancy • Horse Park and Distillery Full Day Tour • Transfers throughout • Jockey Club Suite Hospitality • Assistance of our representative throughout

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