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Constitution Hill Shocks Bookies in Champion Hurdle Market

What Happened?

Constitution Hill has caused a stir in the Champion Hurdle market after a disappointing performance at Kempton, leading bookies to suspend their markets for the race.

Market Response

The heavy favourite, Constitution Hill, was priced at 1-4 before the unexpected turn of events during a racecourse gallop at Kempton.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of surfaces do horse races take place on?

Horse races can be run on a variety of surfaces including synthetic, grass, and dirt. Each type of surface can affect a horse’s performance differently, and some horses may show a preference or exhibit superior abilities on a particular surface. The outcome of the race can be affected by changes in conditions, such as a muddy track caused by rain.

What is the significance in racing of the horse’s lineage?

Bloodlines are important because they indicate the traits that have been passed on from their ancestors. These include speed, stamina and temperament, all of which are critical to racing success. Breeders refer to the pedigree of a racehorse when predicting a horse’s potential. They match stallions appropriately with mares so that offspring have desirable characteristics.

What are the main horse racing events in the world?

Some of the most illustrious events in horse racing include the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States, which comprises the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. Dubai World Cup is a race that has a lot of international recognition. Other races are the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (France), Royal Ascot (United Kingdom), and Melbourne Cup (Australia). These prestigious events bring together the finest jockeys, trainers, and horses from all over the world.

How do handicaps work for horse racing?

Handicapping, also known as handicapping in racing, is a system that gives all horses the same chance to win. Horses are assigned different weights based on their past performances, with the perceived better horses carrying more weight. This system is designed to balance the competition and is a critical aspect to understand for those betting on races.

What factors affect the outcome of a race?

Many variables impact the result of a horse race, including the horse’s physical condition, breeding, and training. A jockey‘s ability and experience are also crucial, as is the track conditions and distance. Weather can also play a significant role, as some horses perform better on certain surfaces or under specific conditions than others.


  • The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most prestigious horse race, sees an average attendance of over 100,000 spectators each year.
  • The Thoroughbred industry in the United Kingdom heralds over £3 billion in economic output annually.
  • Australia hosts more than 19,000 horse races annually, making it home to one of the busiest racing calendars globally.
  • There are over 9.2 million horses in the United States, with a significant portion of these bred for the purpose of racing.
  • Horse racing events in the United Kingdom draw in a yearly attendance of over 6 million people.

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How To Understand Horse Racing Odds and Payouts

Understand that horse racing payouts and odds refer to the returns you can expect if your wager wins. Odds usually appear as fractions, decimals, or both. A 5/1 odds means that you will win $5 plus your original bet for every $1 wagered. If the decimal odds were 6.00, then a $1 wager would result in a total payout of $6. Multiply your stake by the odds, whether they are fractional or decimal. Remember that lower odds are more favorable to a horse, but the potential payouts will be smaller. Conversely, higher odds have larger payouts, but a less-favored horse.