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In a standing start event, which is handicapped, the horse who is given the biggest handicap is known as the backmarker. For instance, in a race five horses may start off the front (who travel the nominated race distance), three off ten meters (who travel the race distance plus an extra ten meters), one off 20 meters and one off 30 meters. The horse starting from 30 meters is known as the back marker.

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