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Welcome to our Horse Racing Quiz


Quiz I

  1. Established in 1776, which race is the oldest of Britain's five Classics?
  2. Which horse racing course is in Esher, Surrey? It hosts the Eclipse Stakes.
  3. In the United States, which three races comprise the Triple Crown?
  4. The Irish Grand National is run at which course?
  5. Which English racecourse is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world?




  6. Which horse is best remembered for his epic run-in defeat to Red Rum in the 1973 Grand National?
  7. Which jockey has been the British flat racing Champion Jockey 26 times?
  8. All modern thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to how many stallions originally imported into England in the 17th and 18th centuries?
  9. In the popular "Yankee Bet", how many bets are placed?
  10. Which racehorse was trainer Sir Henry Cecil talking about when he said: "I cannot believe in the history of racing that there has ever been a better racehorse"?
  11. Which American champion thoroughbred racehorse was the top money winning racehorse up to the 1940s, and the subject of films and books?
  12. On which raceourse is The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe raced?
  13. There are three horse racing courses in Somerset, can you name them?
  14. On which racecourse is The Kentucky Derby run?
  15. To make it easier to keep track of each horse’s age, all race horses in the northern hemisphere are given the 1st January as their birth date - on which date do all horses in the southern hemisphere celebrate their birthday?

Answers:

  1. St Leger (The British Classics are the Derby, the Oaks, the One Thousand Guineas, the Saint Leger, and the Two Thousand Guineas)
  2. Sandown
  3. Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes (Note: they are only open to three-year-old Thoroughbred horses)
  4. Fairyhouse
  5. Chester
  6. Crisp (he tired badly on the run-in when carrying 23 lbs more than Red Rum)
  7. Gordon Richards
  8. Three stallions
  9. 11 bets (that span a total of four different events)
  10. Frankel
  11. Seabiscuit
  12. Longchamp
  13. Taunton, Bath and Wincanton
  14. Churchill Downs
  15. 1st August




Horse Racing Quiz II

  1. How many furlongs are there in a mile?
  2. Can you name the only horse ever to win the Aintree Grand National and both the Scottish and Welsh equivalents?
  3. Can you name Australia's most famous annual thoroughbred horse race? And on which racecourse is it run?
  4. Racehorses are still priced in guineas - how much is a guinea in modern pounds and pence?
  5. How old old does a horse have to be to run in The Derby? And in miles and furlongs, how long is the race?
  6. Can you name the main auctioneer of racehorses in Britain and Ireland? And in which town is it based?
  7. Who is the only jockey to have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby?
  8. Newmarket Racecourse comprises of two individual racecourses, the July Course is one, can you name the other?
  9. Which horse has the record for the widest winning margin in the Epsom Derby? It was 10 lengths!
  10. Which racecourse is 16 miles south-west of Charing Cross, London?
  11. Which jockey's most celebrated achievement is riding all seven winners at Ascot in 1996?
  12. Who was the owner of Miinnehoma, the winning horse in the 1994 Grand National race?
  13. In 1970 which horse became the first for thirty-five years to win the English Triple Crown? (Note: The Triple Crown is the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, The Derby, and The St Leger Stakes)
  14. Can you name the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK? It was formed in 1750 to control the Newmarket races, set the rules of the game, and prevent dishonesty.
  15. What age is the world record for the oldest racehorse to win on the flat? It was set by Al Jabal, who won The Three Horseshoes Handicap Stakes in 2002 at Barbury Castle, Wiltshire?

Answers:

  1. 8 furlongs (a furlong is a little more than 201 metres)
  2. Earth Summit
  3. The Melbourne Cup. It's run on the Flemington Racecourse.
  4. One pound and five pence (originally 21 shillings)
  5. It's for three year old horses. 1 mile 4 furlongs (exact distance is 1 mile 4 furlongs and 6 yards)
  6. Tattersalls. Based in Newmarket.
  7. Steve Cauthen
  8. The Rowley Mile
  9. Shergar (1981)
  10. Kempton Park
  11. Frankie Dettori
  12. Freddie Starr
  13. Nijinsky
  14. The Jockey Club
  15. 19 years