The Sport of Kings is a side quest available in Kingdom Come: Deliverance that can be unlocked by meeting Zora in Neuhof stable. The main part of the quest is the horse race. Winning it won't be easy. Below you can find various information and tips that can help you reach the finish line as first.
You can participate in the race after reaching Talmberg on the horse that Zora gave you. Then, you have to speak with Sir Divish and convince him to give you a chance.
Prepare yourself before you participate in the race. Check if your horse has the best horseshoes. Also, some of the perks can helpful you, e.g. Racehorse from Horsemanship category. You should unlock them before you start this quest. Reach the starting spot near Talmberg when you are ready. You have to be there at noon. Arriving later will fail the quest.
The race is divided into four parts and their objectives are all the same - reach the appointed checkpoint. A good idea is to quickly open your map each time you start a new part of the race. Thanks to that you will know where you have to go next. This can also help you plan your route. The checkpoints are:
- Uzhitz's center
- The mill in Merhojed
- The quarry next to Talmberg
- The finish line near the Talmberg castle (the quest's starting place)
You can't win the race if you stick only to the main routes. The other contestants ride between the checkpoints flawlessly and they don't have to slow down as much as you have to in order to let their horses rest a little bit. The solution to that is to seek every opportunity to use shortcuts. You can test out this method shortly after starting the race by riding through the filed on the left (the only moment where you have to stick to the main route is when you are riding through the forest but even then, you have to do that only briefly).
The advantage of this solution is the fact that other contestants aren't using it. You not only get ahead of them but you also get a huge advantage. However, you have to be careful because hitting any of the obstacles on your path can cause you a lot of trouble. Avoid trees, bigger bushes (your horse can get stuck on them), fences, streams and other obstacles.
Get closer to a pole after reaching a checkpoint - Henry will automatically get a ribbon (you don't have to get off your horse or to press the interaction button). This is also a good method to regenerate your horse's stamina. Slow down for a while to let the animal's stamina bar regenerate completely or to get most of it back. Thanks to that you will be able to gallop throughout almost the entire time when you are riding to another ribbon.
By using shortcuts and galloping you should finish the race with a HUGE advantage over the other riders.