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What is a National Hunt Flat Race?

A National Hunt Flat race, informally known as a Bumper, is a flat race run under National Hunt rules in Britain and Ireland.

The idea of these races is for jump horses to gain experience running over the distance of a National Hunt encounter, before beginning their career over hurdles.

The fact that there are no hurdles in this one means the novice horses are less likely to get themselves injured. The usual distance for a National Hunt Flat Race is anything between 13 – 20 furlongs.

They are not usually the strongest races as any horse that shows promise in a Bumper will then go onto race over hurdles, but you can find plenty of value.

The majority of Bumpers are ran in Ireland and the term “Bumper” arose because in previous years, only amateur riders were allowed to take part in these races.

Now though, any jockey can take part, so you do see the likes of AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh riding in a National Hunt Flat Race.

You’ll usually see these races take place at the end of a meeting.