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Going is the term used to describe the surface of a racetrack in the run up to a horse racing meeting. The going is determined by the amount of moisture in the ground and is assessed by an official steward on the day of the meeting.

There are seven grades of surface, which are:

  • heavy
  • soft
  • good to soft
  • good
  • good to firm
  • firm
  • hard

The 'hard' grade is rarely used, as a racetrack with this type of surface is generally deemed to be dangerous to both horses and jockeys.

For artificial surfaces the official grades are:

  • fast
  • standard to fast
  • standard
  • standard to slow
  • slow


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