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Fergal O’Brien’s Secret Weapon Revealed for Cheltenham Festival

Daughter Fern to Aid in Triumph

Fergal O’Brien, local trainer gearing up for the Cheltenham Festival, is relying on a surprising ally – his daughter Fern. The 18-year-old, working at Willie Mullins’ yard, could be the key to Dysart Enos' success in the upcoming races.

Confidence in Dysart Enos

O’Brien is optimistic about Dysart Enos' chances, despite facing tough competition from the likes of Willie Mullins. With a strong record over hurdles, O’Brien believes his horse has what it takes to make an impact at Cheltenham.

Training Insights and Preparation

Fern, a conditional jockey gaining experience at Mullins' yard, is expected to bring valuable insights back to the team. O’Brien is confident that her time spent there will benefit both her and the training operation in the long run.

Stayers’ Hurdle Contender

Aside from Dysart Enos, O’Brien will also be leading the British charge with Long Walk winner Crambo in the Stayers’ Hurdle. With a solid training regimen and high hopes for the race, O’Brien is looking forward to a successful outing at Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the bloodline of a horse mean in racing terms?

The bloodline of a racehorse is enormously significant as it indicates the inherited traits passed down from its ancestors, which may include speed, stamina, and temperament — all critical factors in racing success. Breeders use a horse’s pedigree to predict its potential. They also match stallions and mares in order to produce offspring that have desirable racing characteristics.

What is Triple Crown racing?

Triple Crown is a prestigious award given to a three year old thoroughbred who has won three races of varying importance in the same calendar year. In the United States they are the Kentucky Derby Stakes (Preakness Stakes) and Belmont Stakes. Triple Crown is rare and an honorable accomplishment. It signifies a horses exceptional endurance and capabilities.

What surfaces are race tracks run on?

Horse races take place on different surfaces such as dirt, synthetic tracks, and turf (grass). Horses can perform differently on different surfaces. Some horses will show preference for a certain surface or have superior abilities. Conditions, such as a wet surface due to rain, may also have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a racing event.

What are the major horse racing events?

Some of the most illustrious events in horse racing include the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States, which comprises the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. Dubai World Cup races, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe events in France, Royal Ascots in the United Kingdom and Melbourne Cups in Australia are some of the internationally renowned horse racing events. These prestigious races attract the best horses, jockeys and trainers in the world.

What role plays the jockey during a horse race.

The jockey can make or break a horse race. Their decisions and skills are crucial. A skilled jockey will know how to pace their horse, when they should hold back and push forward, how to navigate the field as well as use the whip to encourage maximum effort in the final stretch. The relationship between the horse and jockey also plays a major role in a successful partnership.


  • The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most prestigious horse race, sees an average attendance of over 100,000 spectators each year.
  • As of the latest reports, the horse racing industry contributes approximately $40 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
  • Horse racing events in the United Kingdom draw in a yearly attendance of over 6 million people.
  • Horse racing is known to support roughly 1.4 million full-time jobs in the United States alone.
  • The average racing career of a Thoroughbred horse spans approximately three to four years, after which many pursue breeding or other equestrian activities.

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How To

How to Own Thoroughbred Racehorses

The first step to owning a racehorse is setting a financial budget. Take into account the cost for purchase and the ongoing costs of training, boarding, or veterinary care. You can choose to buy a thoroughbred racehorse outright through a private sale or auction, or join a partnership or syndicate for reduced costs and shared ownership. You can hire a trainer who is reputable to prepare your horse. You can also hire a professional bloodstock agent to help you choose and buy a thoroughbred. Be sure to understand the registration process and the ownership transfer through the relevant horseracing authority. Finally, you should immerse yourselves in the racing scene to truly enjoy your ownership.

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