National Hunt racing is the official name given to horse racing in the UK and Ireland in which the horses are required to jump over obstacles called Hurdle and Chase races. As an introduction to National Hunt inexperienced horses compete in Bumper races to gain racing experience on flat conditions before beginning a career hurdling or chasing.
 
National Hunt races are graded with Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 the most prestigious.  The more highly graded races attract more prize money and better horses and because of this the punter should expect more competitive and truer run races.
 
Grade 3 and lesser type races are generally Handicap Races where horses carry different weights, allocated by the handicapper. A better horse will carry a heavier weight, to give him or her a disadvantage when racing against slower horses. The handicapper's goal in assigning handicap weights is to enable all the horses to finish together (in a dead heat). The skill in betting on a handicap race, therefore, lies in guessing which horse can overcome his or her handicap
 
whiteflagisraised focuses on Grade 1 and Grade 2 (Bumper, Hurdle and Chase) races and hence avoids the more difficult and unpredicable Handicap events 
    
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As this site is for National Hunt enthusiasts- both experienced and beginners - please let us know what you would like us to cover. Your comments are welcome.

 
 
 
Next  Up

That's a wrap as the 2017/18 season comes to such an exciting end in Punchestown. Well done to Willie, Davy, Nicky & Dickie for such an entertaining 6 months. 

We will be back for more in 2018/19 starting with The Gowran Champion Chase in September.

In the meantime don't spend all you money on the Flat Season.
   

 

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