UK Flat Horse Racing
Flat racing is by far the most popular form of Thoroughbred racing in both the UK and the world. There is nothing quite like pitting the fastest horses against one another in a direct race to the finish, though there is still a lot of variety in flat racing. The attributes a horse requires to compete well in sprints are not all the same as those a good long distance runner possesses.
Flat racing in the UK is held for horses from the age of 2 up to retirement, and most of the important UK races are flat races. As the name suggests, flat racing is raced on an essentially even track, on dirt or turf, with no hurdles or fences to be jumped. Flat races can be run at almost any distance, but they usually will not exceed more than a few miles.
In our racing guide pages, we will take you through:
Here we list fixtures for the most popular and prestigious flat horse racing meetings and festivals in the UK.
The British Classic races are the ultimate test of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in the UK, and they include the races that make up the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the UK. No horse has taken the Triple Crown for many years, and the waning popularity of the Triple Crown races may mean we'll never see a Triple Crown champion again. Read all about the rich histories of the British Classic Races in this guide.
The biggest meets are all flat racing affairs, and this page will introduce you to the major events of the UK flat racing calendar.
Check out dates and locations for the most spectacular events of the flat racing season! Join high rollers and the creme de la creme of the track for meetings that make history.
The make-or-break trials and test runs for future Group1 stars may not be quite as prestigious as their big brother meetings, however they are just as much fun to visit. For information on upcoming, dazzling Group 2 events, click here.
For the low-down on the finest domestic flat races in the United Kingdom, enter here, and get up-to-date with the compulsory meetings of the Group 3 season.
Not sure what the significance of the different Grades is? Can't tell the difference between the various kinds of handicap races? Our structure page will tell you everything you need to know to better understand how flat races are organised.