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October 2005
This month sees the climax of the flat Horse Racing season. In Europe on the 2nd of October, Longchamp near Paris hosts the celebrated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Two other top class races are billed for the same raceday at Longchamp: the Prix de l'Abbeye and the Prix Marcel Boussac. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the Breeders' Cup - widely acknowledged as the World Championship of Racing - comes from New York's Belmont Park on Saturday, October 29th. The eight spectacular Grade I races include: Breeders' Cup Distaff, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Breeders' Cup Mile, Breeders' Cup Sprint, Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Breeders' Cup Turf, Breeders' Cup Classic.

World Cup 2006 Qualifiers are the highlight of the Soccer calendar in October. Teams in the European & North American/Central American and Caribbean Zones compete on October 8th (Saturday) and 12th (Wednesday), while teams in the African and South American Zones play their games on the 7th and 8th and 11th, respectively.

For Formula 1 Motor Racing fans, the season draws to a close in October with the Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) on the 9th and the Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) on the 16th.

The MLB regular season ends on 2 October and the Boston Red Sox will hope to feature again in the MLB World Series (starts on October 22nd), while a sure sign of oncoming winter is the beginning of the NHL Ice Hockey season.

In Athletics, the 14th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the 1st, while in Darts world, players step up to the oche at the Winmau World Masters event in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England from the 21st to the 23rd.

These are just some of October's highlights, a full schedule will appear on this page by the end of September 2005.

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