Horse Racing Goings

The horse racing goings are the ground conditions at UK racecourses or Irish Racecourse tracks.

The going is determined by the amount of moisture in the ground.

It is measured by the clerk of the racecourse and a very important factor because some horses prefer running on a certain type of going.

Do horses like different ground conditions?

Yes absolutely. Racehorses enjoy different ground conditions and the going reports can determine the entries of a horse running.

It is important to check the previous form on how a horse has run in the varying ground goings.

A horse’s trainer decision to run a horse can depend on the ground conditions.

Some horses are specialists on a particular ground condition because of their running action.

Whereas some racehorses may be adaptable to different horse racing goings and win on various ground conditions.

The different types of going

A number of terms are used to describe the various types of going.

Check out the full list of going types:

Firm Ground

Firm ground is when the surface is very dry.

The lack of moisture in the ground conditions is often found in the summer, during the Flat season.

Firm-ground conditions often result in the quickest race times because the horse’s stride can bounce off the surface.

Good to Firm Ground

Good to Firm Ground is when the surface is dry but on the slower side of firm ground.

There is some moisture in the ground conditions but it is usually still firm underfoot.

If there is no rain forecasted a racecourse will water the track if they feel it is too firm.


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