The Bumper King Is Back!
A new season of jumps racing means a fresh new look and a new page for Mato and his horse racing selections! Specialising in Bumper Races but very often he will cover most National Hunt races.
What Is A Bumper Race?
National Hunt Flat races, informally known as Bumper races, are flat races run under National Hunt racing rules in Britain and Ireland.
The main idea is for jump horses to gain racing experience on flat conditions of equal length, before beginning a career hurdling or chasing. Because of the lack of fences and hurdles, the horses sometimes run faster; however the low quality of many of these races, and that horses are only taking part to gain experience, often results in a slow pace. Bumpers are typically put at the end of a race meeting and such races are notorious for being difficult to predict the winner. The vast majority of National Hunt meetings in Ireland include a bumper. They are run much less frequently in Britain.
The term ‘bumper’ arose because in the past, only amateur riders were allowed to compete and had an ungainly bumping style in comparison to the professionals.
Followers of his blog last season would have benefitted from multiple winners over the season at some cracking prices so we are keeping our fingers crossed for much of the same for this season.
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