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Jumps Racing Mourns the Loss of Cheltenham Gold Cup-Winning Trainer Mark Bradstock

Remembering a Racing Legend

The jumps racing community is grieving the passing of Mark Bradstock, the renowned trainer who claimed victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Coneygree in 2015. Bradstock, aged 66, battled a long illness before his untimely departure.

A Legacy of Success

Mark Bradstock and his wife, Sara, made history when novice horse Coneygree triumphed in the Gold Cup, becoming the first novice winner in 41 years. The Bradstocks' stable also celebrated a significant win at Newbury in 2011 with Carruthers clinching the Hennessy Gold Cup under jockey Mattie Bachelor.

Fond Tributes and Memories

Former jockey Mattie Bachelor fondly remembered his time with Bradstock, highlighting the trainer's expertise and memorable moments shared together. Pundit Mick Fitzgerald also paid tribute to Bradstock's courage and determination in the face of skepticism before Coneygree's Gold Cup victory.

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What surfaces are used for horse racing?

Horse races are held on a range of surfaces, such as synthetic tracks, turf (grass) and dirt. Each type of surface can affect a horse’s performance differently, and some horses may show a preference or exhibit superior abilities on a particular surface. A wet track can affect the outcome of races.

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Horse race results are affected by a number of factors, including the horse’s breeding, training, and physical condition. Additionally, jockey experience and skills, track conditions, weight, and distance are all important factors. The weather can play a big role as well, because some horses do better on specific surfaces and under certain conditions.

What are major horse races?

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 and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are among the most prestigious races in the world. Royal Ascot is held in the United Kingdom. These prestigious competitions attract the finest riders, trainers, or horses in the world.

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  • As of the latest reports, the horse racing industry contributes approximately $40 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
  • There are over 9.2 million horses in the United States, with a significant portion of these bred for the purpose of racing.
  • The Thoroughbred industry in the United Kingdom heralds over £3 billion in economic output annually.
  • Australia hosts more than 19,000 horse races annually, making it home to one of the busiest racing calendars globally.
  • The Kentucky Derby, one of the most watched horse racing events, has attracted over 150,000 spectators in a single event.

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How To Choose the Right Horse for Betting in Horse Racing

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