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CLASSIC FLAT RACES

Here's a new mnemonic phrase by Peter Hobbs recalling the five "Classic" horse-races of the British flat season in their order of occurrence. It describes a half-drunk female deer or rabbit leading a race:

" Classic?... ½-GIN DOE LED! "

1000/2000 Guineas (both Newmarket)
Derby/Oaks (both Epsom) - St.Leger (Doncaster)

All five Classics are for 3-year-old horses only and are raced on the flat. Three are open to colts and fillies (2000G, Derby, Leger), but as colts tend to dominate the results the other two (1000G, Oaks) are for fillies only. At the end of the season the St. Leger (the oldest of the Classics) is open for both Derby and Oaks runners.

  • 1000 Guineas
    - 1 mile, Newmarket (1814) - May
  • 2000 Guineas
    - 1 mile, Newmarket (1809) - May
  • The Derby
    - 1m.4f. Epsom (1780) - first Sat. in June
  • The Oaks
    - 1m.4f. Epsom (1779) - Sat. after Derby
  • The St. Leger
    - 1m.6f.127y. Doncaster (1776) - Sept.
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