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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 18:22 GMT
Jump racing: The going
Red Marauder and Richard Guest after winning the National in heavy going
Heavy going makes for tiring work
The going describes the condition of the course - the state of the ground.

All horses are built differently and have varying "actions" (styles of running).

Horses that gallop with a high, rounded action often prefer running on softer ground as their legs are hitting the ground from a greater height than horses with a flatter action.

In Britain, there are seven official going descriptions: hard, firm, good to firm, good, good to soft, soft, heavy.

Although softer ground is more tiring which means horses are more likely to fall, injuries tend to be less serious because the ground provides a cushioning effect for those fallers.




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