A Dictionary Of Horse Racing Terms C Part 2

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Flat race classifications are from Class A through to Class G. This determines the methodology for framing conditions races.


Reference to a horse race that has been around for a very long time. These races of longstanding tend to attract the best horses and have become regarded as the highest quality of racing. The classics are open only to 3 yo’s and above and there are 5 of them in England.

The Classics are currently:

New market, spring, 2000 guineas colts and fillies, first run in 1809

New market, spring, 1000 guineas, fillies only, first run 1814

Epsom 1.5 miles, summer, derby colts and fillies, 1780

Epsom 1.5 miles, summer, oaks, Fillies only, first run 1779

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