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Sport Racing Races The English Classics Other (British) Other (Overseas)

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Races

The English Classics

... are restricted to horses aged Click to show or hide the answer

The English 'Triple Crown' – for colts and fillies Run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, in late April or early May Click to show or hide the answer
Run at Doncaster in September Click to show or hide the answer
Run at Epsom in early June Click to show or hide the answer
The other two English 'classics' – for fillies only Run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, on the day after the 2,000 Guineas Click to show or hide the answer
Run at Epsom in early June Click to show or hide the answer

Described as "the fillies' equivalent of the Derby" – same course, same distance Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Other (British)

CommentsCourse DistanceSince Name
Oldest of the 'classics', run in September Doncaster1m 1447 yds1776 Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the home of the 12th Earl of Derby Epsom1m 890 yds1779 Click to show or hide the answer
Greatest of the 'classics' Epsom1m 4f1780 Click to show or hide the answer
Ayr 6f1804 Click to show or hide the answer
Premier long distance flat race – highlight of Royal Ascot Ascot2m 4f1807 Click to show or hide the answer
The other early season 'classic' Newmarket1m1809 Click to show or hide the answer
Goodwood2m 5f1812 Click to show or hide the answer
The first 'classic' of the English season Newmarket1m1814 Click to show or hide the answer
One of the oldest handicaps still going Chester2m 537 yds1824 Click to show or hide the answer
Shorter 'half' of the 'Autumn Double' Newmarket1m 1f1839 Click to show or hide the answer
Longer half of the 'Autumn Double' – named after the future Alexander II of Russia, who attended the inaugural race Newmarket2m 2f1839 Click to show or hide the answer
The world's most famous steeplechase Aintree4m 4f1839 Click to show or hide the answer
Goodwood1 m1841 Click to show or hide the answer
Principal handicap of the Royal Ascot meeting Ascot1 m1843 Click to show or hide the answer
York1m 6f1843 Click to show or hide the answer
For 3–year–old fillies only York1m 4f1849 Click to show or hide the answer
The first big handicap of the season: run on the first Saturday of the flat racing season (usually one or two weeks before the Grand National); along with the Grand National, makes up the so–called 'Spring Double' Doncaster1 m1853 Click to show or hide the answer
Australia's most prestigious race – first Tuesday in November Flemington3200 metres1861 Click to show or hide the answer
Premier sprint race of the Royal Ascot meeting Ascot5f1862 Click to show or hide the answer
The longest race in the English Flat season – part of Royal Ascot Ascot2m 6f1864 Click to show or hide the answer
Once known as the 'Two–year–olds' Championship' Newmarket6f1866 Click to show or hide the answer
Run over the last 6 furlongs of the Bunbury Mile – 2yr–old fillies only Newmarket6f1870 Click to show or hide the answer
End–of–season race at Newmarket, for 2–yr–olds Newmarket7f1875 Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the month in which it's run Newmarket6f1876 Click to show or hide the answer
Name prefixed with 'Dubai' since 1982 Newmarket1m 2f1877 Click to show or hide the answer
Run in July; sponsored since 1976 by Coral Sandown Park1m 2f1886 Click to show or hide the answer
Raced at Epsom the day after the Derby Epsom1m 4f1902 Click to show or hide the answer
First and most prestigious race of the National Hunt season (22 fences) Cheltenham3m 462 yds1924 Click to show or hide the answer
England's leading race for hurdlers Cheltenham2 ms1927 Click to show or hide the answer
Traditional Boxing Day race at Kempton Park Kempton Park3 ms1947 Click to show or hide the answer
One of Europe's leading weight–for–age races Ascot1m 4f1951 Click to show or hide the answer
First British race to attract major sponsorship Sandown Park3m 1118 yds1957 Click to show or hide the answer
Run at Cheltenham since 1960 Cheltenham2m 4f1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Run at Newbury since 1960 (Cheltenham 1957–9) Newbury3m 522 yds1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Principal race of York's three–day August meeting York1m 528 yds1972 Click to show or hide the answer

Other (Overseas)

CommentsCourse DistanceSince Name
Often described as the French Oaks (it's for 3–year–old fillies) Chantilly2,100m (1m 2½f)1843 Click to show or hide the answer
Australia's most prestigious horse race Flemington3,200m (1.988 miles)1861 Click to show or hide the answer
Oldest of the USA's Triple Crown (New York) Belmont Park1m 4f1867 Click to show or hide the answer
Third race of the USA's Triple Crown Pimlico1m 1.5f1873 Click to show or hide the answer
USA's most prestigious race (Louisville) Churchill Downs1m 2f1875 Click to show or hide the answer
Europe's most prestigious race — first Sunday in October Longchamp2,400 metres1920 Click to show or hide the answer
Ireland's richest race (2–yr–olds) — prize €1m — no longer run (Phoenix Park racecourse closed in 1990) Phoenix Park7f1988 Click to show or hide the answer
The world's richest race — $10m in 2015 Nad Al Sheba2,000 metres
(about 1m 2f)
1996 Click to show or hide the answer

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