Training Thoroughbred Champions

Racehorse training is a totally unique profession. It is a science, albeit an inexact one, but it is also an art form. The very best racehorse trainers often have decades of professional experience behind them, yet a newcomer to the profession can still waltz in and start lifting the sports top prizes from day one.

Every single horse is different, with unique attributes and abilities. Much like human athletes, some thoroughbreds are born champions, with an innate ability at either flat racing or hurdling, and the job of a trainer is to identify where their strengths lie and help them reach their potential and win the major honours.

Others horses can require significantly more conditioning, and each programme has to be uniquely tailored to their needs. Factors such as age, skeletal strength, genetics, muscle structure and development, size, and breed, can all play a factor in a horse’s suitability to be a successful racehorse.

A racehorse's fitness and training plan must be coordinated to minimise the risks of injury and lameness. For example, while a sprinting exercises might be effective for training two-year-olds, too many could adversely affect their still developing skeleton, leading to more injuries and therefore adversely impact their willingness to learn and curtail their potential.

Finding a way through this myriad of possibilities to get a horse winning races is immensely challenging, but the rewards for success are considerable.

In this site, we look in more detail at what makes racehorse training so uniquely fascinating. We profile some of the UK’s leading trainers, highlighting their successes, how they differ from each other in their approach, and how their stables and the locations of their operations affect their performance.

Owning a Champion:

Most horse racing fans and casual punters dream of owning their own racehorse. For many years it was beyond of the reach of the overwhelming majority, but today via innovations such as syndicates, racing clubs, and crowdfunding, everyone who wants to can own part of a racehorse, and potentially take a stake in a champion.

The world of racehorse ownership however can be something of a closed shop, so here we are going to demystify it, offering a simple guide on how to buy a racehorse, explaining the different systems people can use to purchase a stake, and highlighting the important points of racehorse ownership that it is all too easy to overlook.

If you can’t see why people would want to own a racehorse, then take a look at our Why guide to racehorse ownership, explaining why ownership is so popular, and the benefits that come with it.

Breeding Thoroughbred Champions:

In due course we will also be expanding to examine the art of horse breeding. We will highlight some of the UK’s most successful thoroughbred stud farms, explain how the process works, and why genetic heritage explains why some young horses can be worth ten or even a hundred times more than others.

Further Reading:

Most of our articles contain links to further materials and information, but there also a few key bodies and organisation that everyone interesting in training, breeding, and owning racehorse should take a look at:

·         Racehorse Owners Association – the representative body for all racehorse owners. Visit their informative website at www.racehorseowners.net

·         British Horseracing Authority – the body responsible for horse racing in the UK – full details of all aspects of horse racing in the UK can be found at www.britishhorseracing.com

·         National Trainers Federation – Membership body for all licensed trainers. Their website, containing a database of all UK-based trainers can be found at www.racehorsetrainers.org

·         The Thoroughbred Breeders Association – Supporting stud farms and breeding programmes across the UK, the association website, which contains details of all aspects of thoroughbred racehorse breeding can be found at www.thetba.co.uk