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is the term used for the highest level of Thoroughbred
The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed...
and Standardbred stakes races in many countries. Group One (G1) races may be run under handicap conditions in Australia but in Europe weight-for-age
Weight for Age is a term in Thoroughbred horse racing which is one of the conditions for a race. It means that a horse will carry a set weight in accordance with the Weight for Age Scale. This weight varies depending on the horse’s age, its sex, the race distance and the month of the year...
conditions always apply. Races may be also restricted to age groups or a stipulated gender.
In the United States
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, "Grade I
A graded stakes race is a term applied since 1973 by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to thoroughbred horse races in the United States and Canada to describe races that derive their name from the stake, or entry fee, owners must pay...
" is used instead. These races, whether designated as "Group One" or "Grade I", attract the best horses, and are for very large stake money.
- Group races
Group races are the highest standard of Thoroughbred horseraces in Australia. The Australian Pattern Committee recommends to the Australian Racing Board which races shall be designated as Group races...
- List of Group One races in Great Britain
- List of Australian Group races