Racing is by far the biggest of all the equestrian sports. With the racing industry the seventh biggest employer in Britain, it's not surprising that the sport is the first thing people think about when they think of horses. There are two types of racing - Flat and jumps - with action on the Flat generally over much shorter distances. Speed and power epitomize the action, with the big summer festivals including the Guineas meeting at Newmarket, the Derby meeting at Epsom, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, the York Ebor meeting and British Champions Day. Over jumps, the whole season is geared towards the big spring festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown. With the races over longer distances and hurdles or steeplechase fences involved, they are a greater test of stamina and attitude. Unlike on the Flat, the most successful jumps horses are not whisked off to the breeding sheds early, so they come back year after year. From the Gold Cup to the Grand National, the Derby to the Champions Stakes, horses like Sea The Stars, Frankel, Goldikova, Black Caviar, Denman, Kauto Star, Long Run and Sprinter Sacre light up the sport every time they race.
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