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Constitution Hill’s Cheltenham Festival Hopes Hang in the Balance

Henderson's Warning

Constitution Hill's chances at the Cheltenham Festival are uncertain as trainer Nicky Henderson insists the horse won't compete if not 100% fit. Crucial test results will determine his participation.

Decision Pending

Henderson revealed that Constitution Hill needs to be at his best next week to run at the Festival on March 12. Any sign of weakness could lead to withdrawal from the ferocious 2m Champion Hurdle.

Market Response

Following Henderson's update, Constitution Hill drifted in the market, leaving punters unsure of his potential showdown with State Man. Despite speculation, Henderson remains cautious about the Champion Hurdle.

Henderson's Stance

Addressing concerns about the horse's fitness, Henderson emphasized the importance of being fully prepared for a race as demanding as the Champion Hurdle. Any doubts could result in missing the prestigious event.

Bets and Odds

With over £340,000 wagered on Constitution Hill, uncertainty looms over the Exchange markets. The situation has led to two odds-on favorites in the race, with non-runner money-back offers adding to the intrigue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you race a horse on any track?

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. It is important to use tracks that are the same size as the actual track the horse will be racing on. By using the right track, you can condition your horse properly and help them get used to the racing environment.

What health precautions do you need to take when training a horse for racing?

Meticulous attention to a racehorse’s health is vital in preventing injury and illness. Regular veterinary checks, vaccinations and dental care are important. Equally important is monitoring the horse for signs of fatigue, strain, or discomfort. The risk of musculoskeletal damage can be minimized by implementing a progressive training regimen.

Is it necessary for a racehorse to have a specific type of shoe?

Racing plates are thinner and lighter than normal horseshoes. These plates minimize weight while providing the necessary traction for the racetrack. A racehorse farrier will select and fit the shoes according to each horse’s foot conformation, and the surface on which they will be racing.

What is the first training step for 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.

How important is a racing horse’s lineage?

While pedigree can be an indicator of potential, it is not the sole determinant of a racehorse’s success. 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. Good training will maximize a horses natural abilities and may even enable it to outperform those with more impressive bloodlines.

Do different breeds of horses require different training methods?

As breed characteristics and race distances vary, so can the training methods for horses. Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses undergo different types of training. Thoroughbreds excel at long-distance flat races, while Quarter Horses excel in sprinting. To meet the physical and behavioral characteristics of each breed, a customized approach is required.


  • Gastrointestinal issues affect up to 90% of racehorses during their training, emphasizing the need for careful dietary management.
  • Around 80% of thoroughbred racehorses begin their racing careers by the age of two, according to industry estimates.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • The majority of racehorses in training are subject to an exercise regimen that includes being ridden six days a week.
  • 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.

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How to Train a Young Racehorse

Introduce a young racehorse to training with the goal of building trust and familiarity. Introduce a horse to a bridle (or saddle), and let it feel the weight of a rider. The horse should be taught the basic commands of walk, halt and turn before moving on to trotting. Consistency in training is important, along with a calm, patient approach. This will build confidence and help prevent injury or stress.