What is a Classic?

The Classics are the crown jewels of British Flat racing;  five races that are considered the ultimate test of a generation of horses.

They are restricted to three year old colts and fillies and run over 3 different distances.

  • The 1000 Guineas is run over 1 mile at Newmarket and is restricted to fillies.
  • The 2000 Guineas is run over 1 mile at Newmarket and is open to both sexes but is usually contested by colts.
  • The Oaks is run on Epsom Downs over 1 1/2 miles and is restricted to fillies.
  • The Derby is also run at Epsom over 1 1/2 miles and is open to both sexes but is usually contested by colts.
  • The St Leger is run at Doncaster over 1 mile and 6 1/2 furlongs. It is open to both sexes.

Fast Facts

  • Victory over three different distances is known as the Triple Crown.
  • The only horse to win four Classics outright was Sceptre who in 1902 won both Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger.

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