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Christophe Lemaire Forced to Stay in Dubai After Puncturing Lung in Fatal Fall

, Christophe Lemaire Forced to Stay in Dubai After Puncturing Lung in Fatal Fall

Devastating Fall

Jockey Christophe Lemaire suffered a terrifying fall from Catnip in the Dubai Turf at Meydan, resulting in the horse being put down due to its injuries. Lemaire was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered he had broken his collarbone, a rib, and punctured a lung.

Extended Stay in the UAE

Due to his injuries, Lemaire will have to remain in Dubai for two weeks to receive necessary treatment. A statement by the Dubai Racing Club confirmed his condition and the expected duration of his stay.

Missed Opportunities

Lemaire's injuries caused him to miss riding long-time World Cup favorite, Derma Sotogake, in the race. The victory went to Juddmonte's Laurel River, ridden by Irish jockey Tadhg O'Shea.

Tragic Loss

The fall also led to the heartbreaking breakdown of Catnip on the racecourse, despite efforts to save the five-year-old gelding. Lemaire's accident occurred just before Sir Alex Ferguson's high-stakes race in the Sheema Classic.

Unexpected Winner

In a surprising turn of events, William Buick and Charlie Appleby's 28-1 outsider, Rebel's Romance, clinched the victory over the favorite in the Sheema Classic, leaving spectators in awe of the unexpected outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

How critical is the horse’s pedigree in racing success?

Pedigree is a good indicator of potential but it’s not the only factor that determines a horse’s performance. While a horse’s pedigree may indicate a inherited talent for speed and endurance, other factors such as training, health, or temperament also play a role. A horse’s natural ability can be maximized by good training, and it may even outperform horses with impressive pedigrees.

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What is the first training step for a racehorse?

During the first phase of racing a horse, there is a critical “breaking” stage where the horses become accustomed with a saddle, bridle or the weight from a rider. During these sessions, patience is key to ensuring the horse feels comfortable around humans and with the equipment they will use throughout their racing career.

Can you train your racehorse anywhere?

Although initial training can be done on any track, race-specific training is often required in facilities that mimic the conditions the horse may face during competition. This can include tracks of the right size with the exact same type and surface that the horse will race upon. The correct track will help condition your horse and give them the experience they need in that racing environment.

How often should racehorses be trained?

It is important to tailor the frequency of training a racehorse according to its needs, level and schedule. The typical routine for racehorses would include walking, cantering and trotting daily, as well as more strenuous work, such as galloping several times a weeks to increase speed and endurance. Rest days are equally important to allow the horse to recover and prevent overtraining.

Does a racehorse need a certain type of shoe?

Racehorses wear special shoes called racing plates, which are lighter and thinner than regular horseshoes. These plates are designed to provide the required traction while also minimizing the weight. A racehorse-trained farrier will fit and select the right shoes for each horse based on its hoof shape and the racing surface.

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What health precautions must be taken when training racehorses?

To prevent injury or illness, racehorses need to be given the attention they deserve. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, dental care, and proper hoof management are essential. It’s also crucial to watch for signs such as fatigue, strain or discomfort. The risk of musculoskeletal damage can be minimized by implementing a progressive training regimen.


  • Around 80% of thoroughbred racehorses begin their racing careers by the age of two, according to industry estimates.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • The average cost to train a thoroughbred racehorse for one year can exceed $50,000, accounting for expenses related to training, boarding, and veterinary care.
  • 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.
  • Gastrointestinal issues affect up to 90% of racehorses during their training, emphasizing the need for careful dietary management.

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How To

How to cool down a racehorse after a workout

After exercise, it is essential to cool down a horse to prevent muscle stiffness. Begin by walking slowly on a longer rein to gradually reduce the heart and respiratory rate of the horse. Use this time to assess the horse for any signs of distress or injury. Follow with a session of gentle stretching of the limbs and neck. To finish, brush the horse to loosen its muscles. Inspect for any cuts and abrasions.

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