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Flat racing

Flat racing is a term commonly used in the United Kingdom to denote a form of horse-racing which is run over a predetermined distance and in which the horses are not required to jump over obstacles such as hurdles and/or fences. This form of racing is a test of speed and stamina, and the skill of the jockey in determining when to hold the horse back or make it work harder.

The shortest flat race in the UK is a sprint run over five furlongs (5/8 of a mile). Racing takes place on a natural grass surface (turf) or on a synthetic surface (known as "all-weather").

The most renowned UK flat race is the Epsom Derby. Other classic flat races are: Epsom Oaks[?], 2000 Guineas[?], 1000 Guineas[?], St Leger[?].

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