UK National Hunt Horse Racing
Jump racing is not as popular as flat racing in the UK, but it does have the biggest event of the year in terms of TV viewership - the Aintree Grand National. Covered by the National Hunt organization in the UK, jump racing covers both hurdle jumping and steeplechasing, two of the most exciting events in horse racing. An interesting facet of jump racing is that it is mostly the domain of older horses. It takes a lot of power for a horse to perform well at jump racing, the kind of power that only a fully-grown horse possesses.
In our jump racing pages, you can read about:
Here you will find fixtures for some of the most popular and prestigious National Hunt meetings and festivals in the UK, including steeplechases and hurdles.
Don't know the difference between hurdles and a steeplechase? Check out this page to find everything you need to know about the different types of jump races.
While the festivals are generally more of an attraction than single races, there are a few jump racing events that stand out the most - like the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This page provides information on the most important races and events in the National Hunt calendar.
With over 70 jump races considered, the Order of Merit is one of the most prestigious awards in jump racing. Learn about the award in our dedicated page.
Unlike flat races, jump racing really is all about the festivals as a whole. This page will give you an insight into the biggest meets and the races they feature, as well as any traditions associated with the festivals.
The When and Where of Britains most outrageous Jump race meetings. The highest order of Class 1 Jump racing invites you to join in the fun, whether at the infamous fences of Aintree of the hellish hurdles at Cheltenham - get your information here.
Are 30 meetings a year just not enough for you? Then forget about Grade 1 and jump right into the event-packed world of UK Grade 2 Jump racing. Learn about dates and whereabouts right here.
Looking for some old-school handicap jump racing? Then search no more. Click here to learn whens and wheres of Grade 3 Jump races in the United Kingdom.
If you don't know why a Grade I race is better than a Grade II race, then visit our race grades page.
Jump racing is a bit more dangerous than flat racing. On this page, you will find information on the safety measures taken to minimise horse injuries and deaths in this exciting sport.