How Long is a Horse Race?

Horse Racing is run over a multitude of distances.

Let’s dive straight into all the different lengths a horse could race on both UK Racecourses or Irish Horse Racing Tracks.


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How long are horse races on the Flat?

Here are the most common distances for races on the flat:

  • 5f
  • 6f
  • 7f
  • 1m
  • 1m 2f
  • 1m 4f
  • 1m 6f
  • 2m
  • 2m 4f

There are some different distances at various racecourses like some have 5 and half furlong races for example.

How long are horse races over the Jumps?

Here are the most common distances for races over the Jumps:

  • 2m
  • 2m 2f
  • 2m 4f
  • 3m
  • 3m 2f
  • 3m 4f
  • 4m 3f

Generally, the national hunt races are long-distance races.

How far is a furlong in horse racing?

A furlong in horse racing is 201 metres in distance.

One furlong is 1/8th of a mile.

One furlong is equivalent to 220 yards or 660 feet in measurements.

A furlong is an imperial and United States Customary systems length unit.

How many furlongs Makes 1 mile?

Eight furlongs make one mile in distance.