Definition of flat race in US English:

flat race


  • A horse race over level ground, as opposed to a steeplechase or hurdles.

    • ‘I wonder how long it will be before we have a four-runner flat race where Ballydoyle trains all four runners?’
    • ‘It is almost unheard of for a Steeplechaser to revert to a flat race and win.’
    • ‘In addition to sponsoring flat races at the country's 59 racetracks, the British fund is in the middle of a major program for jump races.’
    • ‘This year celebrates the 225th running of the Vodafone Derby, the greatest flat race in the world.’
    • ‘The tragic jockey was riding All Heart for Paddy Mullins in a seven-furlong flat race at Galway when the horse clipped the heels of another horse and fell about half a mile from home.’
    • ‘Over a glittering career, Mr FitzGerald trained more than 1,200 winners over both jumps and flat races.’
    • ‘The flat races - the 100 yards, 440 yards and the mile - have all been removed from the event, to be held on Tuesday August 31.’
    • ‘He rides them in national hunt flat races called bumpers but he lets a professional jockey take over for the hurdles.’
    • ‘The seven-year-old winner of National Hunt flat races has gone on to greater things on the Flat proper.’
    • ‘At least one major project at Ascot has fallen behind schedule by up to five weeks, prompting speculation that York Racecourse could once more be the venue for the biggest flat race meeting of the summer.’
    • ‘A mixed card consisting of three flat races, two chases, a hurdle race and a bumper gets underway at 2.45, although it is very likely that at least one race will be divided.’
    • ‘I also had Majestic Man win a few nice flat races, including a listed race at the Curragh, in 1990, with Paul Eddery riding.’
    • ‘The champion stakes is a series of 12 races in 10 countries over four continents and is one of the world's most prestigious flat races.’
    • ‘The programme is comprised of three flat races and four over the obstacles.’
    • ‘A five furlong flat race is over in a matter of seconds and any one of the thirty horses in the field is capable of winning it.’
    • ‘‘It seemed to be a very important finding that horses coped much worse if their first race was over a long distance, and that first-race effect particularly noticeable in National Hunt flat races,’ Woods said.’
    • ‘This diminutive lady won seven races in 2004 including a flat race at the Curragh.’
    • ‘And he did win a flat race not long ago so he will be in fine order.’
    • ‘Spectrometer has already brought its celebrity owners some success having won a flat race at York last year as a 33/1 shot.’
    • ‘Racing will commence at 4.30 and the mixed card will consist of three flat races, three chases and a bumper for five, six and seven year olds.’


flat race

/ˈflat ˈˌrās/