In UK and Irish Racing, you’ll see that many of the distances are measured in furlongs. But how long is a furlong? It is essential to know how long the race you’re betting in is and understand the distances.
A furlong, put quite simply, is around 1/8th of a mile. So if you see a race that is one mile and four furlongs, you’ll be looking at around a mile and a half for the race.
Also, a furlong is around 220 yards, which is good to know as in some races you’ll see that they’re a mile and a half and 110yards, so that’s another half furlong put onto the distance.
The shortest distance you can have on the flat is five furlongs, so you know that you’ll need sprinters for this distance.