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Five Horses Who Will Thrive in Soft Ground at the Grand National After BHA Update

, Five Horses Who Will Thrive in Soft Ground at the Grand National After BHA Update

Aintree Going Update Benefits Mud-Loving Horses

The first going update for the Grand National has been released by the BHA, indicating soft (heavy in places) conditions at the Aintree National track. With this news, horses who excel in the mud are likely to have an advantage in the upcoming race.

Nassalam, the Heavy Ground Specialist

Nassalam, trained by Gary Moore, showcased his talent for heavy ground with a dominant victory in the Welsh Grand National. Despite a disappointing performance in the Gold Cup, Nassalam's preference for soft ground could level the playing field in the Grand National.

Delta Work: A Puddles Enthusiast

Gordon Elliott's Delta Work thrives in wet conditions, as seen in his victories on soft ground. Although lacking a recent run, Delta Work's love for galloping through puddles could give him an edge in the Grand National.

I Am Maximus: Quick to Back

Bookies have noted a surge in bets for Willie Mullins' I Am Maximus, a former Irish Grand National winner known for excelling on soft ground. With favorable conditions and recent victories in heavy going, I Am Maximus is a horse to watch in the upcoming race.

, Five Horses Who Will Thrive in Soft Ground at the Grand National After BHA Update

Ain't That A Shame: Heavy Ground Enthusiast

Amateur jockey David Maxwell's purchase of Ain't That A Shame, a Thyestes Chase winner, could pay off as the horse thrives in heavy conditions. With multiple wins on heavy ground, Ain't That A Shame is poised to make an impact at the Grand National.

Meetingofthewaters: Soft Ground Connoisseur

JP McManus-owned Meetingofthewaters has a strong record on soft ground, with all career wins coming under such conditions. Despite some concerns on heavy ground, Meetingofthewaters' performance in the Ultima suggests he can handle the challenge at the Grand National.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the necessary health precautions when training a racing horse?

To prevent injury or illness, racehorses need to be given the attention they deserve. It is important to have regular veterinary exams, receive vaccinations, provide dental care, and maintain proper hoof health. It is also important to monitor the horse for any signs of strain or fatigue. Implementing a well-thought-out training regimen that allows for gradual progression in intensity can help minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

Can you race a horse on any track?

Although the horse can train on various tracks initially, specific racing training requires facilities which simulate the conditions that the horse is likely to face in competition. This can include tracks of the right size with the exact same type and surface that the horse will race upon. This helps to condition horses and allows them to become familiar with that specific racing environment.

Different horse breeds require different race training techniques

As breed characteristics and race distances vary, so can the training methods for horses. Thoroughbreds that are usually associated with long-distance racing on flat surfaces receive different training from Quarter Horses. Each breed requires a tailored approach to meet their physical and behavioral traits.

How can you ensure the mental wellbeing of your racehorse?

It is equally important to maintain a racehorse’s psychological health as it is its physical fitness. Diverse routines are important for a racehorse’s mental well-being. By ensuring the horse is socialized with other horses in a stable, calm environment, you can prevent stress and behavioral problems.

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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.

How often is it recommended that racehorses are trained?

It is important to tailor the frequency of training a racehorse according to its needs, level and schedule. Typically, they would have a daily routine consisting of exercise such as walking, trotting, and cantering, with more exertive work such as galloping or breezing several times a week to build stamina and speed. Rest days are equally important to allow the horse to recover and prevent overtraining.


  • Racehorse mortality rates during racing have been observed to be between 1.5 to 2 deaths per thousand starts, depending on the racing jurisdiction.
  • 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.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • Gastrointestinal issues affect up to 90% of racehorses during their training, emphasizing the need for careful dietary management.
  • An extensive survey indicated that over 90% of racehorse trainers utilize swimming as a low-impact exercise in their conditioning routines.
  • Around 80% of thoroughbred racehorses begin their racing careers by the age of two, according to industry estimates.

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How to Improve a Racehorse’s Stamina & Speed

Interval training can increase a racehorse’s endurance and speed by alternating between high-speed gallop periods and slower recovery phases. Gradually increasing the distance of each workout as the horse gains fitness. Monitoring the horse’s recovery heartrate is essential in order to prevent them from being overexerted. It is also important to allow ample time for rest between training sessions.



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