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Stepping stones to bigger events UK/IRE

by Paul
(Cowes Isle of Wight )

Hi Horse4course,

I'm interested in which races are considered stepping stones to bigger events .

Which races do trainers enter into to see if they're horse is good enough to enter bigger more lucrative races both flat and jumps seasons please,to include races used by trainers to try out a horse with the potential to run abroad Longchamps Arc for example amongst others.

Thank you

Answer: Trials races are often used to assess whether a horse is capable of being competitive in the five UK Classic flat races.

2,000 Guineas: Typical trials include The Craven Stakes and the Greenham Stakes

1,000 Guineas: served by trial races such as the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes

Oaks: Trials include the 1000 Guineas and the Lingfield Oaks Trial.

Derby: The Sandown Classic Trial 1m 1f Group 3 run in late April can serve as a trial for the Epsom Derby.

Another trial is the Lingfield Derby Trial Listed race over 1m 3f run at Lingfield in early May and the 2000 Guineas.

St Leger: The Great Voltigeur Stakes Group 2 over 1m 3f run at York's 4 day Ebor Festival serves as a trial for the St Leger run in September

Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp: Trials might include King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes Group 1 1m 4f and the Yorkshire Oaks Group 1 1m 4f run at York

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