Triple Crown Races.
There has been some questions asked about some of the different challenges that span the flat season, as I have mentioned them when detailing information on the bigger races like the Derby and 1000 Guineas.
There are some big contests over smaller amounts of races – like the Triple Crown, and bigger ones over more races, like the Global Sprint Challenge and the British Champions Series.
Today I’ll look at the Triple Crown – This set of events is made up from three races for three-year-old horses. Managing to win all three races is considered the most prestigious set of races a thoroughbred racehorse can win in their country.
As you can see, the trip gets longer as the contest progresses. Here are the races-
The British Triple Crown
2,000 Guineas Stakes, run over 1 mile
The Epsom Derby, run over 1 mile 4 furlongs
The St. Leger Stakes over 1 mile, 6 furlongs
And there is an equivalent for the girls, both finishing on the same race.
The Fillies British Triple Crown
1,000 Guineas Stakes,
St. Leger Stakes
But then it expands, as there is an equivalent for the longer distance races.
Stayers’ Triple Crown,
Ascot Gold Cup
This season, Camelot has the first two races in the bag, and it will be great to see him get the third – The St Leger.
He certainly looks like he may well manage it, and it will be the first time since Nijinsky in 1970 if successful.
Lets hope he does, as it is something nearly as rare as a Diamond Jubilee, as there has only been one British Triple Crown winner since the war!
Come on Camelot!
Australia, Ireland, Germany and most of the horse-racing world also have similar sets of races for their versions. Here are a few of them:-
Germany, – Dreifache Krone
Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen, German 2000 Guineas
Deutsches St. Leger
Ireland – Triple Crown,
The Irish 2,000 Guineas
The Irish Derby
The Irish St. Leger
The Australian – Triple Crown (with a two year old version as well!)
AJC Australian Derby
Japanese Triple Crown
The Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas),
The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby),
The Kikuka Sho (Japanese St.Leger)
So everyone has copied us, along with many more countries having their own version.
I’ll detail some of the other contests over the course of a week or so, so you will know which races are affiliated to which series of races.
Lets hope Camelot does well in the St. Leger.