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AP McCoy Tips Lossiemouth as the One to Watch at Cheltenham

Legendary Jockey's Bold Prediction

Legendary jockey AP McCoy is not one to mince words when it comes to horse racing. He has declared Willie Mullins' horse, Lossiemouth, as a 'good thing' for this year's Cheltenham Festival. McCoy even goes as far as to say that she will be 'the biggest steering job' of the event.

McCoy reckons Lossiemouth is a banker in the Mares’ Hurdle

Lossiemouth's Winning Streak

Lossiemouth, the impressive mare trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Rich Ricci, is currently the favorite to win the Mares' Hurdle on the first day of the festival. With odds at 1-2 and having only been beaten once in her career, she is a force to be reckoned with.

AP McCoy's Confidence

Even with the competition heating up, McCoy stands firm in his belief that Lossiemouth will dominate the field. He praises her performance at previous races and confidently states that she is the easiest horse to steer around the Cheltenham Festival course.

Bookies on Edge

If McCoy's predictions hold true, bookies may find themselves in hot water as Lossiemouth, along with other Mullins-trained horses, could secure a formidable treble on the first day of the festival. With the excitement building, all eyes are on Lossiemouth to see if she can live up to the hype.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different race training methods for different horse breeds?

Race training methods can indeed vary for different horse breeds, as breed characteristics and racing distances differ. For instance, Thoroughbreds, which are commonly associated with long-distance flat racing, undergo different training compared to Quarter Horses, which specialize in sprinting short distances. Each breed requires a tailored approach to meet their physical and behavioral traits.

How can you ensure the mental wellbeing of your racehorse?

The mental health of a racing horse is just as important as its physical condition. Mental stimulation, gentle handling, and regular pasture turnout all contribute to the psychological well-being of a racehorse. To prevent stress, it is important that the horse be socialized and has a stable and calm environment.

How important is the pedigree of a racehorse for success?

The pedigree of a racing horse can indicate its potential, but it isn’t the only thing that determines their success. Lineage may indicate that a racehorse has inherited an aptitude for speed or durability, but other factors like training, temperament and health are equally important. Good training can help a horse maximize its natural abilities. It may even be able to outperform other horses with better pedigrees.

How do I condition a horse for racing?

The process of conditioning a racehorse involves a gradual progression that includes both long, slow distances for building stamina, and shorter, more intense workouts to increase speed. A carefully designed regimen of exercise must gradually strengthen the horse’s cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal system. This is done to mimic the stress of racing, without injuring or overstressing it.

Is there a need for a specific shoe on a racing horse?

Racing plates are typically lighter and thinner compared to regular horseshoes. These plates are designed to provide the required traction while also minimizing the weight. A professional farrier with experience in working on racehorses carefully selects and fits these shoes according to the hoof structure of each horse and the type of racing surface that they will run on.

What is the age at which a horse should begin racing training?

Horses can start their basic training as yearlings, but most begin their more rigorous race training and conditioning when they are around two years old. When their bodies are mature and able to handle the stress of the track, but still young enough to learn. Depending on the temperament and development of the horse, exact timing may differ.


  • Research has found that a racehorse’s stride length can increase by up to 7% following specific strength and conditioning programs.
  • Around 80% of thoroughbred racehorses begin their racing careers by the age of two, according to industry estimates.
  • The average racehorse reaches its peak physical ability between the ages of four to five, with some variation based on the breed and individual development.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • The Injury Database from The Jockey Club reports that synthetic racing surfaces have a lower horse fatality rate than dirt tracks, with a statistically significant difference of 1.2 fatalities per thousand starts on synthetics compared to 2.0 on dirt tracks.
  • Approximately 70% of a racehorse’s diet consists of forage, with the remainder made up of grains and supplements to meet their high-calorie needs.

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How To

How to cool down a racehorse after a workout

It is important to cool down the racehorse after exercise to avoid muscle stiffness. This will also help with recovery. Begin by walking slowly on a longer rein to gradually reduce the heart and respiratory rate of the horse. Use this time for assessing the horse and looking for signs of distress. Then, gently stretch the legs and neck. Finalize by grooming the horses to relax their muscles and checking for any cuts, abrasions or other injuries.