A Beginners Guide to UK Horse Racing Race Types

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In this article I will go through the different types of races in British Horse Racing, starting with flat racing, and then moving on to National Hunt racing.

Flat Racing

A Beginners Guide to UK Horse Racing Race TypesA maiden race These races are for any horse that has never won before in flat racing.

A Handicap race In a handicap race, horses will carry differing weight based on their ability, the better horse, the more weight they carry. The handicapper’s aim is to give every horse an equal chance, so in a race with a blanket finish, the handicapper will have done a good job.

Group Races These are the best races on the flat. They are divided in to Group one, two and three races. Group One races are the elite races, including the Derby and the other classics, and they offer the most prize money. There are currently 33 group one races,  44 group two races and 70 group three races.

Listed Races These are good races, the level just below group races.

Conditions Races These are races where the weights carried by the horses are governed by conditions attached to the race (as opposed to handicaps where the weight is governed by ability). The conditions may be differing weights for the sex of a horse (fillies carrying less weight), the age of a horse(younger horses carrying less), or a horse having won a race of a certain value previously carrying more weight.

Selling Races These are races for lower classed horses, where the winner will be offered for auction. All other runners may be claimed too.

Claiming Race Each horse is allocated a weight by it’s own connections, the lower weight they allocate, the lower price they can claim. Any horse may be claimed after the race.

Nursery Race Handicap races for two year olds only.

Apprentice, Amateur, Lady and Gentleman Races These all apply to jockeys, apprentices for apprentice jockeys only, amateur for all amateur jockeys, lady races are for both amateur and apprentice female jockeys, and gentleman races for male amateurs.

National Hunt Racing

National Hunt Racing

National Hunt Racing is divided into three types of races – hurdles, chases and National Hunt flat races. Chases have larger obstacles, which can include ditches, water jumps and plain fences, whereas hurdles are smaller and thinner obstacles – the NH flat races obviously have no obstacles, but are still run under National Hunt rules (as opposed to flat racing).

Claiming, Selling, Handicap, Condition and Maiden races all follow the same system as the flat alternative, so see above.

Novice Hurdle For horses that at the start of the season have never won a hurdle race before –however, may enter another novice hurdle that same season if winning one.

Group Races Similar to the flat, races are divided into group one, group two and group three. There are currently 37 group one races, 63 group two races and 35 group three races. Group one races include the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the King George VI chase.

Listed Races High quality races one level below group races.

Hunter Chase Only open to horses that have experience hunting and the riders are all amateurs.

National Hunt Flat Race Also known as “Bumpers”, these are for horses with no experience over hurdles or fences,  and are generally put towards the end of a race meeting.

All races in UK horse racing (flat and jumps) have a class ratingranging from class one to class seven – class one including all group races and listed races,  with class two to seven covering the rest of the races. The class of the race is governed by the ratings of the horses entered in races, with class two races being much more valuable than the lowest rated class seven races.

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