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UK Pattern Races Guide

Group One

Classics and other races of major international importance (in the USA the equivalent is Grade One).

Group Two

Less important than Group One, but still major international races.

Group Three

Primarily domestic races regarded as preparatory contests for the higher groups (such as Classic trials).

Group One races are always run without penalties on a weight-for-age-and-sex basis, whereas penalties can apply in Groups Two and Three races, based on previous performance in pattern races.

Below Group races are Listed races, a set of races designed to identify racehorses of superior merit but below Group standard. The Pattern is fluid allowing the status of a particular race to be altered if appropriate.

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Pattern (National Hunt)

While jump racing is not part of the European Pattern described above, a seperate Pattern was introduced to the winter game in 1990 to give more of a structure to the jumps season. The jumping Pattern divides into three grades:

Grade One

Championship races where the weight carried by each horses is determined by age and sex with no penalties for previous wins. (Weight-for-Age). They are generally the top races and attract the best horses and biggest prizes.

Grade Two

Either Weight-for-Age races (like Grade 1), but with penalties for previous wins, or Limited Handicaps which feature narrow weight ranges.

Grade Three

Valuable Open Handicaps where the weight carried is determined by a horse's Handicap rating.

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