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Can you tell me in what order do Horse Races go from the Classics down to the Class 5 Races ??

How many category races are there?


Horse races in the UK fall into 2 categories:

1. National Hunt races over jumps (with the exception of a non jumps race known as a “Bumper” or National Hunt Flat (NHF) race)

2. Flat racing without obstacles which can take place on turf or synthetic surfaces (known as all weather tracks)

National Hunt races are divided into 7 classes:

The highest calibre races are termed Class 1 which are subdivided into Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 and Listed. Typical Grade 1 races include the well known King George VI run on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The weight carried by a horse in these races is determined by their age and sex.

The lower class races 2-7 are mostly handicap races where weight is decided by the ability of the horse.

Flat races are divided into 3 main types:

The Classics, such as the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby

Class 1 or Conditions races where the weight carried is determined by the conditions of the race

Pattern Races split into Groups 1, 2 or 3 and below these Listed races

Below these are Classes 2-7 where the horses competing are assigned handicap ratings by the British Horse Racing Authority.

Each class has a handicap level e.g. class 2 are Heritage races handicaps ranging from 86-100, 91-105, 96-110. The lowest class 7 is for horses assigned handicap ratings 46-50.

Some races have the same weight for all the horses for example maidens for 2 year olds.

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