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James Doyle sidelined after hunting injury

, James Doyle sidelined after hunting injury

What happened?

Flat jockey James Doyle found himself on the sidelines after sustaining an injury while out hunting with friends. This unfortunate incident caused him to miss out on racing opportunities with his new team, Wathnan Racing.

Doyle's new venture

Having signed with big-spenders Wathnan Racing for the current season, Doyle was looking forward to making strides in his career. However, the injury setback has temporarily halted his plans.

Missed opportunities

With high-stakes races on the line, including the £1.6million Neom Turf Cup, Doyle's absence was felt during a recent fixture in Doha. Despite his previous successes, he was unable to compete due to the hunting-related injury.

New beginnings

Despite the setback, Doyle remains optimistic about his future with Wathnan Racing. The jockey expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and is eager to collaborate with the team to achieve success in the upcoming events.

Looking ahead

As Doyle navigates his recovery process, he keeps his sights set on potential future victories and the possibility of competing for the jockey's title. His journey with Wathnan Racing marks a new chapter in his racing career.

A word of caution

While the world of horse racing offers excitement and thrill, it's essential to remember to gamble responsibly and prioritize safety both on and off the track.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you race a horse on any track?

While initial training can occur on a variety of tracks, specific race training often requires facilities that simulate the conditions the horse will face in competition. This means that you need to have tracks that are of the correct size, with the same kind of surface your horse will be racing. This helps to condition horses and allows them to become familiar with that specific racing environment.

At what age should a horse start race training?

Horses that are two years old can begin training, although they may start with basic training. Their bodies are still young, and can adapt to the learning process. The exact timing can vary depending on each horse’s temperament and development.

How important is a racing horse’s lineage?

The pedigree of a racing horse can indicate its potential, but it isn’t the only thing that determines their success. Although a horse’s lineage can indicate an inherited aptitude for endurance or speed, other factors, such as health and temperament, are also important. Good training will maximize a horses natural abilities and may even enable it to outperform those with more impressive bloodlines.

How often must racehorses receive training?

Training frequency for racehorses is usually tailored to the individual horse’s needs, 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 will allow your horse to recover, and help prevent overtraining.

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What is the initial step to training a racing horse?

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 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. They ride horses and provide feedback about the horse’s performance. But they also teach the horse racing tactics like pacing, position, and how to respond to commands. A good jockey is able to recognize the horse’s strengths, weaknesses and how they can be improved.


  • 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.
  • 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 majority of racehorses in training are subject to an exercise regimen that includes being ridden six days a week.
  • 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.

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How to Reduce injury risks during racehorse training

Implement a progressive regimen of training that is aligned with the horse’s level of fitness to reduce injury risk. Combine high-intensity exercises with sufficient recovery time to avoid overtraining. Maintain the training and racing grounds to avoid accidents. Check for wear and tear and use the correct fitting tack. Cross-train with swimming or other low-impact activities to balance muscle development and joint health.

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