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Harry Redknapp’s 25-1 Horse Poised to Win Big at Cheltenham Festival

, Harry Redknapp’s 25-1 Horse Poised to Win Big at Cheltenham Festival

Divine Inspiration

Ben Pauling is hoping for some divine inspiration to lead Bowtogreatness to victory at the Cheltenham Festival's Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

Hot Streak

Owned by football legend Harry Redknapp, Bowtogreatness is trained by Ben Pauling, whose stable is currently on fire.

Underdog Story

Despite being a 25-1 shot for the race, Bowtogreatness is showing promise off his current mark, giving punters hope for a big win.

Potent Combination

Pauling and Redknapp have already tasted success this season, winning with Shakem Up'Arry at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Peak Performance

With Bowtogreatness nearing his peak fitness, both trainer and owner are optimistic about their chances at the upcoming race.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Racehorses typically wear specialized shoes called racing plates, which are lighter and thinner than regular horseshoes. These plates offer the necessary grip on the track while minimizing their weight. 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.

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How often is it recommended that racehorses are trained?

Racehorses’ training frequency is determined by the horse, his level of fitness and racing 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.

How can you maintain the mental health of a racehorse?

Maintaining a racehorse’s mental health as well as their physical condition is crucial. Racehorses’ psychological well-being is enhanced by varied routines and mental stimulation. Ensuring the horse has social interaction with other horses and providing a calm, stable environment helps to prevent stress and behavioral issues.

What is a trainer’s role in training a racing horse?

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. The jockey’s ability to understand the horse and its strengths and weakness is crucial for preparation.

What is the initial step to training a racing horse?

The first phase of training a racing horse involves “breaking”, where the horse gets used to wearing a saddle and bridle as well as the weight of 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.

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At what age should a horse start race training?

While horses can begin basic race training as young yearlings (or even younger), most start their more intensive training when they reach two years of age. It is at this age that their bodies are ready to take on the demands of the racetrack, yet still young and flexible enough to adapt. However, the exact timing may vary depending on the individual horse’s development and temperament.


  • 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.
  • Research has found that a racehorse’s stride length can increase by up to 7% following specific strength and conditioning programs.
  • Studies suggest that proper early training can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses by up to 50%.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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How to Create an Effective Racehorse Training Schedule

The best training schedules for racehorses should balance intense exercise with rest. To build fitness, incorporate a combination of walking, jogging, galloping, or breezing exercises throughout the entire week. You should schedule rest days in order to recover your mental health and repair muscles. Seasonal training cycles in relation to the horse’s racing calendar. Tapering activities before a race will ensure peak performance.



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