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Aintree 2024 Day 2: Handicap Hurdle Winner Revealed!

File photo dated 17-02-2024 of Inthewaterside (centre), a course and distance winner who likes soft going so he appeals in the 2.20 at Aintree. Issue date: Friday April 12, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Titan Tipping. Photo credit should read Steven Paston/PA Wire.

Kateira Takes the Lead

On Day 2 of the Aintree Festival, Kateira clinched victory in the Handicap Hurdle, with Jango Baie and Inthewaterside following closely behind.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different types horse races in Britain?

Yes, there are various types of horse races in the UK, falling primarily into the categories of Flat racing and National Hunt (or jump) racing. Flat racing, which doesn’t involve obstacles, takes place on level tracks, ranging in length from 5 furlongs all the way up to over 2miles. National Hunt racing places emphasis on the horse’s speed and ability to jump, and races such as hurdles and steeplechases feature a number of obstacles. Within these two broad categories, there are also variations such as handicaps, maidens, and conditions races, each with specific entry criteria and rules.

What are some of the most prestigious events for horse racing in the UK.

The United Kingdom is home to several world-renowned horse racing events. Among these, the most prestigious include the Royal Ascot, the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National at Aintree, and The Epsom Derby. These events are not only a showcase of the best equine talent, but they also have a rich history and tradition. They’ve become social occasions that include distinctive dress codes.

How is the safety of horses and riders maintained during a race?

Safety is paramount in UK horseracing. This includes both the horses and their riders. Racecourses must meet strict safety standards. This includes the condition of tracks and the quality or the jumps. Horses must be examined before and immediately after races. The jockeys wear protective equipment like body protectors or helmets. Rapid response teams and veterinarians are also on hand to deal with any incident.

What is the role of a steward in horse racing?

Stewards are responsible for ensuring that all horse racing is conducted in a fair and legal manner, according to the racing rules. Stewards are responsible for overseeing jockeys and trainers as well as other racing personnel. They also monitor races to ensure that no rules have been broken and hold inquiries about any incidents. In the event that rules are violated, the stewards may also be able to impose fines or suspending the race.

What is the handicap system in UK horseracing and how does it work?

In UK racing, the handicapping system was designed to give each horse an equal shot at winning. In essence, the weights that horses carry in a race are determined by their previous performances. Better horses carry heavier weights to level the playing field against horses with lesser past performances. The British Horseracing Authority in the UK is responsible to update ratings after the race results.

How can i learn to read race cards?

The racecard provides important information about the race, the horses and their trainers. A racecard usually lists information such as the horse’s name, age and weight, along with the trainer, jockey and form figures that show past performance. By learning how to interpret these data, you can better gauge each horse’s chances. As part their customer service, most racecourses or betting services provide guides to help you read racecards.


  • Around 14,000 thoroughbred foals are born each year in the UK with the goal of becoming top racehorses.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.

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How to Pick a Winning Horse for UK Racing

The form of a horse is important to consider when choosing a winner. It includes past performances, race distances, surfaces, and the success records of the jockeys and trainers. Begin by reviewing recent horse races. Pay particular attention to horses who have consistently placed in the top three. Check if the horse is suitable for the race distance, and if it has done well in similar conditions. For both the trainers and jockeys, you can check the statistics of wins and places to get a better idea of their performance. Although there isn’t a foolproof method for selecting a winner you can increase your chances by doing thorough research.