What is a flat race called?

A bumper is a Flat race run under the rules of Jump racing. It is designed for horses who have not previously run on the Flat to get experience of racing.

What is the biggest flat horse race?

The World’s Greatest Flat Races

  • The Oaks.
  • The Derby.
  • Irish Derby.
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. July 28, Ascot, England.
  • St. Leger.
  • Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. October 7, Longchamp, Paris, France.
  • Breeders’ Cup Classic. November 3, Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA.
  • Melbourne Cup. November 6, Flemington, Australia.

What is a flat race in horse racing?

Flat racing competes over a course without obstacles, while steeplechasing includes jumps over obstacles, horses pull a cart in harness races, and endurance races cover extreme distances. Many people are familiar with flat course horse racing, but there is a whole slew of other types of races to learn about.

What is the shortest flat horse race?

five furlongs
The shortest possible flat races are held over a distance of five furlongs, which equates to just over 1,000 metres. Typically, the longest flat races held are around two miles and four furlongs.

Do any jockeys ride flat and jumps?

Horses can readily switch between Flat and Jump racing, particularly Hurdling, whilst a handful of jockeys currently ride under both codes. Most Flat horses cease Flat racing when 6 or 7, but many Jump horses are still racing at the age of 12.

Why are jump jockeys heavier than flat jockeys?

Jump jockeys tend to be taller and weigh more than flat jockeys because they require strength and stamina for the longer Jump races. Flat jockeys tend to weigh less and, as a result, are likely to be shorter, too. The races are shorter and faster and the horses are younger.

What is the richest horse race in England?

Royal Ascot is the most valuable race meeting in Britain with a total prize fund of £7.3million in 2019.

What age are horses fastest?

Horses hit their peak speed at 4.5 years old, after 4.5 years of age horses typically level off until five years old and then slowly decline in speed. This information was garnered from a different study by the Journal of Equine Science.

What is the shortest distance a horse can win by?

Nose. A nose is the shortest winning margin. A nose is 0.05 of a length winning distance. The abbreviation for a nose winning distance is nse.

Which country invented horse racing?

In France the first documented horse race was held in 1651 as the result of a wager between two noblemen. During the reign of Louis XIV (1643–1715), racing based on gambling was prevalent.

What weight do you have to be to be a flat jockey?

8 stone
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced today that, as of 1st January 2013, the minimum riding weight for Flat racing will be raised by 2lb, to 8 stone.