A novice in National Hunt horse racing is a horse which has not won in a particular type of race prior to the start of the current season.
A novice hurdler has not won a hurdle race before the start of the current season, while a novice chaser has not won a steeplechase before the start of the current season.
What is a stakes horse race?
Definition of stakes race. : a horse race in which the prize offered is made up at least in part of money (such as entry fees) put up by the owners of the horses entered. — called also stake race.
What is a Class 1 horse race?
The highest level is a Group 1 race; these are the highlight events on the racing calendar. 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 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 is a novice flat race?
A Novice Flat race is a Flat race for horses which have not won more than two flat races and have not won a flat race which is classified as Class 1 or more than one flat race which is classified as Class 2 in Schedule (F)2 to the Rules of Racing.
What does it mean to claim a horse after a race?
A claiming race in thoroughbred horse racing 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. Claiming races have claim amounts which vary, and higher amounts tend to have richer purses.
What is an allowance horse 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.” They usually are for a horse which has broken its maiden but is not ready for stakes company.
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 is a graded horse race?
Restricted stakes aren’t eligible for grading. Graded stakes races are the top level. These races can have no restrictions other than age or gender of the horses. There are three grades assigned by the Graded Stakes Committee: Grades 1, 2, or 3 with Grade 1 being the highest caliber.
What does class 2 mean in horse racing?
Grade 2 – Like Grade 1 races, runners have there weight carried determined by age and sex but, they are also made to carry more for previous winning races. Grade 3 – Open handicap races where the weight a horse carries is determined by the horse’s handicap rating.