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Using Class In Horse Racing

Using Class In Horse Racing

For novice, you certainly need to take time to understand the horse racing form before you start
selecting any race that you think will yield a favorable profit towards your investment. For starters,
the first step to take is to understand the various types of horse races available at which this will make
things a bit easy for you to select a race of preference rather than selecting a race at random.

In this guide, I will outline a few tips associated with the various classes in horse racing. Understanding the classes will easily differentiate winners and losers in horse betting. There are various classes available and the quality classes consist of better horses and this is where the money is.

For instance, if the race is marked as an Open race this would mean that all horses in the race have no
restricted conditions at which better horses have a greater chance of winning. The major problem with Open races is that the favorites are more likely to win because a better horse could have been grouped with poor horses or horses that have never won a race before. Hence, the likely hood of judging each individual horse tends to be very tough and these races do not offer high dividends due to the fact that the better horses will always win the race.

However, when looking at other classes such as the maiden handicap and handicap all horses tend to
be very competitive because these have been grouped with other horses that have equal ratings. With
most handicap races, random selection of horses tends to yield good results but it’s not always certain
that the favorites will win. Any horse has the likelihood of winning the race. Hence, if a race is marked

handicap or maiden handicap (horses of similar ratings that have not won a race) there are greater
chances that you can make a fortune from your investment if you make use of a good strategy.

Another popular class is the claiming class at which horses are allocated a weight according to the
claiming price determined by the connectors. The weight plays a pivotal role to three qualities – early
start, peaking form and a drop in class. At times, you may find out that all horses that are winning on
a particular event have something in common dropping in class etc. at which as a beginner you would
need to look at this information each time you consider selecting a race.

It’s not all about looking at the classes but also looking at the history of the entire horse as well as
comparison of the different classes it has raced before.


Types of Horse Racing in Australia

Types of Horse Racing – Australia

Unlike the usual flat surface racing, Australia caters for all types of races thoroughbred racing to include
races with Special or Restricted conditions, Mares races for the females, Aged races for 2, 3, 4yo+, Group
One racing for the elite, maidens for the non-winners and many more.

The length of the races range from 800m to 3200m for flat races and 5000+ for Steeplechase races and

Below is a list of the types of races available in Australia

Race Type

Flat Race

Hurdle This is a type of race at which the horses would jump over a number of huddles and the distance
of the race is not less than 2800m with hurdles not more than 1 meter
and not more than 150m from the starting point.



This is a type of race at which the horses race on a flat surface.

This is a horse race event where horses would have to jump over a number of fences
that are not more than 1.15m high and its distance less than 3200m and
weight range is between 62kg to 68kg.


Class Races

A type of race that consists of horses that have never won a race

There are 6 types of class races and the first class – class 1 is restricted to horses that
have not won more than a single race going up in hierarchy at which
class 6 is restricted to horses that have not won more than 6 races.

Restricted and Special
Condition Races
This is a type of race at which the horses would have to meet certain type of
conditions before entry. For instance, they would be considering the
age, sex, the number of wins, etc. and all horses would have to match
these special requirements for entry.

Derby A blue ribbon classic stakes race for three year old fillies and colts & geldings running over a
distance of 2400m+


This is a type of race at which the weight of a horse is determined by the handicapper
and its handicap rating increases according to its performance and all
horses will race against each other where their handicap ratings are

Mares A type of race with only female horses that are at least 4 years


A type of race that does not give conditions or restrictions to horses. Any type of horse is
eligible to enter.

Flying Welter

Stakes Race

A race consisting of horses with light weight

A race consisting of quality horses and also offering higher prize money than the regular
horse races.


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