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Cheltenham Gold Cup-Winning Owner Jailed for Fraud

Family Breaks Down in Tears

A Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning owner's family was left in tears as Conor Clarkson, 60, was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud. Clarkson, who owned Kicking King during the iconic win in 2005, was convicted of forging documents to pay off a bank debt.

Conviction and Charges

Clarkson, an Irishman, was found guilty of creating and using forged documents related to a property deal in Wicklow, Ireland. He forged the signature of a woman involved in the sale and was acquitted of some charges while convicted of others.

Sentencing and Reaction

Judge Patrick Quinn sentenced Clarkson to two years in prison, with the final nine months suspended. Clarkson's family, including his wife and three children, openly cried in court as the sentence was handed down.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the first step when training a racehorse?

In the initial training phase, the racehorse must undergo a crucial stage called “breaking,” during which the horse is accustomed to the saddle, the bridle and the weight carried by the rider. During these early sessions, patience and gentle handling are paramount to ensure the horse learns to be comfortable with human interaction and the equipment it will wear throughout its racing career.

Can you race a horse on any track?

While the initial training may be conducted on different tracks, the specific race training will often require facilities that replicate the conditions in which the horse will compete. The horse must be trained on a track that is the same size and has the same surface as the racetrack. This helps to condition horses and allows them to become familiar with that specific racing environment.

Are there different race training methods for different horse breeds?

Different horse breeds have different characteristics, and the racing distances can also vary. 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 do you prepare a race horse?

Conditioning a racehorse is a gradual process that includes a combination of long, slow distance work to build stamina and shorter, faster workouts to develop speed. It is important to strengthen the horse’s cardiovascular system, muscles, and skeletal structures over time by following a regiment that mimics racing conditions without causing injury.

What is the importance of a horse’s pedigree to racing success?

While pedigree can be an indicator of potential, it is not the sole determinant of a racehorse’s success. The lineage of a horse may indicate an inherited ability for speed or endurance. However, training, health and temperament can also be influential factors. Good training can maximize a horse’s natural abilities and even allow it to outperform others with more impressive pedigrees.

What health precautions are necessary when training a racehorse?

Preventing injury and illness requires that you pay attention to your racehorse’s health. Regular veterinary examinations, vaccinations dental care and hoof management is essential. Equally important is monitoring the horse for signs of fatigue, strain, or discomfort. It is important to implement a carefully planned training regime that allows a gradual progression in intensity. This will minimize the risk for musculoskeletal problems.


  • Research has found that a racehorse’s stride length can increase by up to 7% following specific strength and conditioning programs.
  • 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.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • 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.
  • Statistically, less than 1% of thoroughbred foals born each year will go on to win a stakes race.

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What to do about common racehorse behavioral problems

First, ensure that any behavioral issues in racehorses aren’t a result of physical discomfort. Once health issues are ruled out, utilize consistent and positive training techniques to modify behaviors. Exercises to build obedience and respect can be used. In cases of more challenging behaviors, use desensitization techniques to reduce overreactions to stimuli. Instill confidence and trust into the horse by remaining calm and assertive.

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