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‘Distraught’ jockey reacts to 1-100 runner’s ‘brutal’ end at Plumpton race

Jockey's Heartbreak

A jockey, described as 'distraught,' faced heartbreak after his 1-100 horse suffered a 'brutal' end to a Plumpton race, leaving punters in shock.

The Dramatic Turn

Chad Bament's dream of a first career win turned to agony as Windance blundered, unseating him in a dramatic fashion at Plumpton races.

An Agonizing Moment

Bament, who was leading the race with the finish line in sight, was left devastated after the horse's unexpected blunder sent him head-first into the turf.

A Cruel Twist of Fate

Despite a stellar performance on the Warren Greatrex-trained Windance, Bament's hopes were dashed as the horse stumbled at the final hurdle, throwing the jockey off.

Fans Show Support

Viewers expressed sympathy for Bament, with one recalling a similar incident at the Cheltenham Festival involving jockey Ruby Walsh and horse Annie Power.

Final Thoughts

While both horse and jockey emerged unharmed, the race ended in a dramatic finish with another horse, Everything'sontick, taking the win.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare my horse for racing?

Racehorse conditioning is a gradual, multi-faceted process. It involves both longer, slower distance work, which builds stamina, as well shorter, quicker workouts, which develop speed. The cardiovascular system, muscle structure, and bone structure of the horse must be developed over time with a specially designed exercise regime that mimics race conditions without injury or stress.

What is a horse’s first step of training?

The initial phase of training a racehorse involves a critical stage known as “breaking,” where the horse becomes accustomed to carrying a saddle, bridle, and the weight of a rider. During early sessions, the horse must be taught to accept human contact and wear the equipment throughout his racing career.

What is the role of the jockey when training a racehorse?

The jockeys are essential in the training and development of racehorses. Jockeys not only provide feedback to the horses on their performance during training, but they also educate the horses about racing tactics such as pacing and positioning. Good jockeys are able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their horses, which is essential for race preparation.

How can you ensure the mental wellbeing of your racehorse?

Mental health is just as vital to a horse’s performance as physical conditioning. Racehorses’ psychological well-being is enhanced by varied routines and mental stimulation. To prevent stress, it is important that the horse be socialized and has a stable and calm environment.

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

While pedigrees can be used as a predictor of potential in a racehorse, they are not the only factors that influence their 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.

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

Racing plates are thinner and lighter than normal horseshoes. These plates reduce weight and provide traction at the racetrack. A farrier who is experienced in fitting shoes for racehorses will choose and fit the shoe to match the horse’s specific hoof and racing surface.


  • 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.
  • Research has found that a racehorse’s stride length can increase by up to 7% following specific strength and conditioning programs.
  • The majority of racehorses in training are subject to an exercise regimen that includes being ridden six days a week.
  • Racehorse mortality rates during racing have been observed to be between 1.5 to 2 deaths per thousand starts, depending on the racing jurisdiction.
  • 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.

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How To

How To Cool Down A Racehorse Following a Workout

Cooling down a racing horse after an exercise is crucial to preventing muscle stiffness and promoting recovery. Slowly walk the horse on a long lead to lower its respiratory and heart rates. Use this time to assess the horse for any signs of distress or injury. Then, gently stretch the legs and neck. To finish, brush the horse to loosen its muscles. Inspect for any cuts and abrasions.