What is ‘Jump Racing’?
‘Jump racing’ is a form of horse racing in which the horses jump hurdles or other obstacles, such as fences, hedges and ditches, around the course. In Britain, this kind of racing is known as ‘National Hunt Racing’ and consists of both steeplechase and hurdle races. Many of the world’s most famous horse races are jump races.
‘Jump Racing’ Explained
Jump racing is one of the most popular forms of horse racing and it attracts a lot of wagers. Many race days include a lot of hurdle and fence races, because these are fun for spectators to watch and they add a complex competitive element for the horses. Jump races are often handicap races in which the weaker horses are given an advantage against the weighted, stronger competitors. Jump races exist across all categories of horse racing, and most race days include one or more jump races in their daily program.
The Grand National is a great example of a jump race. This popular racing event, held annually in April in the UK, attracts more bets than any other British sporting event and is the busiest day for bookmakers. It is also probably the world’s most famous horse race, with one of the highest prizes and certainly the most prestige honour. Even royal horses have run the Grand National. It consists of over 40 jumps, hurdles and fences which the horses must clear at high speed to win.
Jump races are often controversial because they have a higher injury rate for both horses and riders. However, they are more exciting to watch and they create a more unpredictable betting situation for the spectators, because any horse can fall or refuse a jump at any time in their career – even the race favourite!