Horse Racing in Australia happens nearly every single day of the year, but Group 1 races are the pinnacle of the sport, that come with more prize money and fame for winning.
They are headlined by the Melbourne Cup, run at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November every year.
What is a Group One race?
Group One, Group 1, Grade I or G1 is the term used for the highest level of Thoroughbred and Standardbred stakes races in many countries. In Europe, the level of races for Thoroughbred racing is determined using the Pattern race system introduced in 1971 and monitored by the European Pattern Committee.
What is a listed race in Australia?
A race event where the racecourse handicapper assigns horses a weight based on earnings and past performance to create a theoretical level playing field. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous handicap race. An open race is one where there are no conditions on horses who enter the race.
How many Group One races are there in Australia?
Group 1 races are held in the 5 major states of Australia at the principal metropolitan tracks in each capital city. The majority of Group 1 events take place at the major racing carnivals in Melbourne and Sydney each autumn and spring.
What is a Grade 1 stakes race?
Category:Grade 1 stakes races in the United States. The Committee grades stakes and handicaps into three grades: Grade I, Grade II and Grade III. The largest races are Grade I. The committee uses as criteria for the grading: Purse Requirement: That the race has a purse of more than $75,000.
Is the Everest a Group 1 race?
“The Everest should be in its own category as an elite race. It is the perfect race to be the first race to be given that title. “There are races around the world that are beyond group 1 level and this race has moved into that elite category in just a year.
What is Australia’s richest horse race?
With prize money of $13 million, it is the richest race in Australia and the richest turf race in the world. It is held on the second Saturday of October as the feature race of the Sydney Spring Carnival. The race has an unusual entry fee structure, similar to that of the Pegasus World Cup.
What is a Group 3 race?
Group races are the most well-known and the best races, divided into three categories – Group 1, 2 and 3. Group 1 races are a test of class and all the horses run off level weights but allowances are given for three-year-old horses against older horses and for fillies and mares against colts and geldings.
What does a listed race mean?
Listed Race in Horse Racing. Just below the graded stakes level in the United States is the handicap level. These are races which offer a sizable amount of purse money, but ones that are generally open to talented horses that cannot win a graded stakes.
What is a Group 2 race?
Group 2 Flat Races. While they are not considered as ‘important’ as the Group 1 races, Group 2 races are also rated as class 1 events. They still attract international contenders, especially those longing to make a name for themselves and break into Group 1.