Mindbender: Flat Race

Here’s one for racing experts: what’s the longest race in the flat season?

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Flat racing in the UK used to be run only between late March and early November, prior to the advent of all weather racing. The flat season on grass however still is regarded as having the prestigious races and opens with the Spring meeting at Doncaster, and closes in the first week of November with the November Handicap, again at Doncaster. The shortest races for thoroughbreds in the UK are run over five furlongs (5/8 mile) and the longest is two and three quarters of a mile. This exceptional test of stamina is run at Royal Ascot each year.

BUT the longest UK race in the flat season is the four-and-a-half mile long Grand National in April.

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