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.