A turf race in horse racing is a race that is run on grass or turf, as opposed to a dirt or synthetic surface. Turf races are popular in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Australia, and are considered to be a test of a horse's stamina and ability to handle different track conditions.
In turf races, the grass surface can have a significant impact on the race, as it can be affected by weather conditions and may change throughout the day as horses run over it. Turf races can be run at a variety of distances, from sprints to long-distance races, and may also have different types of obstacles, such as jumps or hurdles.
One of the key factors to consider when handicapping a turf race is a horse's previous performance on grass, as some horses may prefer dirt or synthetic surfaces. Other factors to consider include the condition of the turf on race day, the weather conditions, and the post position of the horses.