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Jockey banned for corruption set for sensational comeback with ‘amazing’ trainer

Plotting a Comeback

After a ten-year ban for corruption, jockey Eddie Ahern is gearing up for a sensational return to the racetrack with a trainer he describes as 'amazing'.

Dark Days Behind

Ahern, who was banned for passing on insider information, is set to race again in Denmark after being cleared by English and Irish authorities.

Inspired by Dettori

Ahern, who draws inspiration from jockey legend Frankie Dettori, is ready to make amends and get back to what he loves most – riding racehorses.

Making Amends

Despite facing a harsh punishment, Ahern is focused on moving forward, getting back in the saddle, and chasing his passion for horse racing once again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by the jockeys silks and why?

The jockeys silks is the colorful, patterned outfit worn during racing. Each set is unique and registered to the horse’s owner, allowing spectators and officials to identify the horses during the race easily. The silks’ design can have sentimental meaning or be part of a family tradition. It may include different colors, patterns, or emblems.

How can i learn to read race cards?

A racecard contains important information that is vital to understanding a particular race or the horses participating in it. A racecard typically lists details such as the horse’s name, age, weight carried, trainer, jockey, form figures representing past performance, and sometimes the colors of the silks worn by the jockey. Understanding this information can help you make better betting decisions by allowing you to gauge the chances of each horse. As part of customer service, many racecourses and betting companies offer guides on how to read racecards.

How does the handicapping system work in UK Horse Racing?

In UK horse racing, the handicap system is designed to give every horse an equal chance of winning a race. Essentially, horses are assigned different weights to carry during the race based on their past performances. To level the playing fields, better horses are given heavier weights. The British Horseracing Authority, which is responsible in the UK for the handicapping system, regularly updates the ratings following the results.

What does the phrase ‘photo finish’ in horse racing mean?

The ‘photo finish,’ is when two or multiple horses cross the finishing line so closely together that the winner cannot be determined with the naked eye. In such instances, race officials use a finish-line camera that captures images at high speeds to review the precise moment each horse’s nose reaches the line. The photo-finish image allows officials to accurately determine the official order.

How are racehorses bred and selected for racing?

Racehorses tend to be bred for the purpose of winning races. Breeders select sires and dams with proven racing pedigrees, aiming to produce offspring with optimal characteristics for speed, endurance, and temperament. Thoroughbreds dominate racing in the UK and their bloodlines have been carefully documented. Prospective racehorses often go through a selection process that includes pedigree analysis, physical conformation assessments, and performance in training before they begin their racing careers.

Can you describe what the “Going” is in horseracing?

The condition of a racecourse’s surface the day before a race is referred to as ‘going.’ It is a critical factor that can affect the performance of the horses and the outcome of a race. The ‘Going” can vary from heavy, which indicates a wet, very soft track, to firm, which indicates a hard, dry surface. There are several gradations in between, such as soft, good to soft, good, good to firm, and hard. Trainers and riders must take into account the “Going”, when making decisions about racing strategies and equipment. For example, choosing horseshoes that provide better grip.


  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • British racing oversees around 1,500 fixtures annually across its 59 racecourses.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.

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How to Dress for UK Horse Racing Events

Dressing for UK horse racing events depends on the racecourse, and which enclosure you’ll be in. The dress code for prestigious events, such as Royal Ascot or Cheltenham Festival is strict, especially when it comes to premium areas, like the Royal Enclosure in Ascot. Formal daywear, including formal suits, are required. For most other events and enclosures, smart casual attire is accepted. You should check the event’s specific dress code guidelines in advance to ensure compliance. This will also enhance your overall experience. You should also consider the weather when choosing footwear. Race days can require a lot of standing and walking.