The UK Horse Racing Scene

The UK has some of the greatest horseracing events on the planet. Not only that, there’s usually something going on each month too.

Filling in the gaps between The Cheltenham Festival, Glorious Goodwood and the world renowned Grand National, there’s a plenty to keep you going in-between Champions day at Ascot ain’t too far off, so digest the following and get ready to enjoy another fine horse racing spectacle.

It’s great if you know how to place a bet and you have your favourite trainer etc, but do you know your off your bridle terms to your hunting season start date? If not, don’t despair, you’re far from alone.

We’ve put together a piece of jargon busting information for you, let us know if you want more. There’s a horse race going on somewhere, if not there’ll be one this coming weekend, so learn the basics here.

Grade 1 races

A grade 1 race will abound with top quality horses, it’s where the elite horses race against one another.

What is the jump season, when does it start? (Winter)

The jump season runs in any year from the first day after the Sandown Park Gold Cup Meeting, until the final day that meeting is programmed in the following year.

The National Hunt season is the period between November to April and peaks in December with The Cheltenham Festival.  Along with Cheltenham there are several other noteworthy meets too, such as The Grand National, the Hennessy Gold Cup. The season ends at Sandown, mid-April, with Bet365 Gold Cup being the feature race.

What’s the flat season (Summer)

Runs in any year from the day the Lincoln Handicap (Doncaster) is programmed until the afternoon the November Handicap (Doncaster) is programmed.  It traditional kicks off in the UK after the Jump season ends and continues in to November.

Flat racing is predominantly run across a flat racecourse, unlike hurdling or steeplechase horses are not expected to jump over any obstacles.  The courses consist of varied distances, from five furlongs (slightly over a mile) to over 2 miles.


Relates to betting, Antepost, and comes into play, usually on the big horse meets, when the horse’s prices are usually higher than what they would be, come the start of the race.

These are great for getting your pick at a good price, but, if come race time the horse, no matter what the reason, isn’t racing you will not be reimbursed for your stake.

For more betting information on the horse’s, check out the guys over The Winners Enclosure.  They’re an established, high-end and extremely well-respected horse racing review website. They post daily tips, with reviews and insights regarding all the latest horse race events across the UK.