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Find out everything you need to know about horseracing

Whether you are planning a day at the races, you want to place a bet or you want to know more about how it all began, you’ll find the answers here on Racing Explained. Simply select a category to get started.

Picking a Winner

How to pick a winner explained

Learn how to spot a confident horse, how favourites are chosen and how to read the form.

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Flat Racing

The Sport of Kings explained

Find out more about the races, rules and regulations in the lucrative sport of Flat racing.

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A Day at the Races

What to expect from a day out at a racecourse

Find out what to wear, what to do and what to expect from the action at the races.

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Racehorses

All about the stars of the show

Learn about the daily lives, balanced diets and training regimes of the mighty racehorse.

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Betting

Having a flutter explained

Understand odds and demystify the different types of bets you can make in racing.

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Jump Racing

Hurdling and steeplechasing explained

Discover more about the history of Jump racing and the rules and races within it.

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Jockeys and Trainers

The rest of the team explained

Get to know the teams behind the horses to discover what makes a champion.

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History

The history of racing explained

Explore the history of horseracing to find out what made it the sport it is today.

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About

What is Racing Explained?

Discover more about the encyclopedia of horseracing.

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Jump Racing

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History

About

What is Racing Explained?

A comprehensive guide to horseracing

Racing Explained is here to help you make sense of the world of horseracing. From understanding odds to training racehorses, this is the encyclopaedia of everything you need to know about the sport.

It can be a confusing world for beginners and first-time racegoers, so we’ve provided answers to all of the most common questions to help you understand what’s going on during your day at the races and beyond.

Racing Terms

Racing is a sport full of unique phrases and colloquialisms.

If you ever find yourself wondering, you can use this glossary to get your head around the jargon. Everything from ‘the going’ to the Grades is explained to help you make the most of your time at the races.

FAQs

The most common questions about racing

Find out the answers to the most frequently asked questions about horseracing here.

Whether you want to know how to read a racecard, how to go about picking a winner or how the rules of racing work, you’ve come to the right place.

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What is The Jockey Club? arrow-right

The Jockey Club is the largest commercial group in British horseracing. It is the past, present and future of the sport itself.
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What is a Hurdle race? arrow-right

A Hurdle race is a horse race where the horses jump over obstacles called hurdles. These are smaller than fences and are a minimum of three and a half feet high.
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What is Jump racing? arrow-right

Jump races are races that include obstacles for the horse and jockey to jump. These can be small ones known as hurdles or large ones known as fences.
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What is a Classic? arrow-right

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

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