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.
Group 2 and 3 races are still of high importance but are a step or two below the top tier in terms of quality.
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 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.
What are the different types of horse races?
The three main types of races are claimers, allowances, and stakes races. Claimers are races in which every horse is essentially up for sale. In allowance races, the field is usually limited to horses who have won a certain amount of money or number of races over a specified period of time.
What is an allowance race?
An allowance race is one in which the runners run for a higher purse than in a maiden race. These races usually involve conditions such as “non-winner of three lifetime.” A claiming race is one in which the horses are all for sale for more or less the same price (the “claiming price”) up until shortly before the race.
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 a Grade 1 race?
Class 1 races are then divided into Grades 1, 2 and 3, with a further category called listed races beneath that. The weight carried by horses is decided by their age and sex, with no penalties given for previous victories (known as “Weight-For-Age” races). Grade 2 races are directly below Grade 1 (surprisingly).
What is a Grade 3 horse race?
Grade 3 stakes. Suburban H. (G1) The “H” stands for handicap and means that the amount of weight each horse carries in the race is assigned by the Racing Secretary or Track Handicapper.
What are the 5 Classic horse races?
The five classic races are:
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes.
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes.
- Epsom Oaks.
- Epsom Derby.
- St. Leger Stakes.
What does black type winner mean?
Black-type indicates a runner has won or placed in a select race of importance. When a horse wins a stakes race, the information is added to the racing databases of The Jockey Club, Equibase, BrisNet and other companies that produce racing and breeding reports for their clients.