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Shocking Race at Dundalk: 12 Jockeys and a Horse Banned

What Happened?

Twelve jockeys, including a Cheltenham Festival hero, were banned after a 'truly shocking' race at Dundalk. The winning rider, Kevin Healy, 17, on Wrecking Ball Paul had an easy lead that stretched to around 100 lengths mid-way through the race.

Who Got Banned?

Notable jockeys like John Gleeson and Harry Swan received five-day bans. A total of twelve riders were suspended for their performance in the race.

Viewers' Reactions

Punters were shocked by the race, with some calling for longer bans for the jockeys. One viewer commented that the race was truly shocking, while another felt that the riders behind Wrecking Ball Paul deserved their five-day holiday.

Trainer's Response

Trainer John McConnell was questioned about his horse Khadaash's behavior in the stalls. The horse stood for a considerable time before starting and was subsequently banned for 30 days.

Winner's Reaction

Despite the controversy, Kevin Healy was all smiles after securing his first win on just his third ride. He expressed his delight at the victory and thanked trainer Paul Mulligan for the opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a horse’s first step of training?

During the first phase of racing a horse, there is a critical “breaking” stage where the horses become accustomed with a saddle, bridle or the weight from a 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.

How do I prepare a horse to race?

Conditioning a racehorse is a gradual process that includes a combination of long, slow distance work to build stamina and shorter, faster workouts to develop speed. The cardiovascular system, muscle structure, and bone structure of the horse must be developed over time with a specially designed exercise regime that mimics race conditions without injury or stress.

Do different breeds of horses require different training methods?

It is true that race training can differ for different horse races, due to the differences in breed characteristics and distances. Thoroughbreds are often associated with flat-track racing over long distances. They receive different training than Quarter Horses who specialize in sprinting. Each breed is unique and requires a different approach to match their physical characteristics and behaviors.

What precautions should be taken to ensure the health of a racehorse when training it?

It is important to pay close attention to the health of a racehorse in order for it not be injured or ill. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, dental care, and proper hoof management are essential. The horse should also be monitored for signs of discomfort, fatigue or strain. It is important to implement a carefully planned training regime that allows a gradual progression in intensity. This will minimize the risk for musculoskeletal problems.

What is the best diet for a race horse?

A racehorse diet must be of the highest quality and balanced precisely to meet their energetic requirements for training and racing. The diet is usually a mixture of high-quality hay, grains like oats and barley, as well as commercially prepared racehorse feed. The diet should also be supplemented by essential vitamins and mineral to promote overall health and performance.

How important is a horse’s pedigree when it comes to winning races?

While pedigree can be an indicator of potential, it is not the sole determinant of a racehorse’s success. A horse’s lineage may suggest an inherited aptitude for speed or endurance, but training, health, and temperament are also influential factors. Good training can help a horse maximize its natural abilities. It may even be able to outperform other horses with better pedigrees.


  • Statistically, less than 1% of thoroughbred foals born each year will go on to win a stakes race.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Research has found that a racehorse’s stride length can increase by up to 7% following specific strength and conditioning programs.
  • Gastrointestinal issues affect up to 90% of racehorses during their training, emphasizing the need for careful dietary management.
  • Racehorse mortality rates during racing have been observed to be between 1.5 to 2 deaths per thousand starts, depending on the racing jurisdiction.

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How To

How to select race-specific tack for your horse

To improve performance and not burden the horse, use lightweight, durable tack. The racing saddle is designed to minimize weight and interfere, so that the horse can move at maximum speed. Use racing bridles made of strong materials that are thin and lightweight. This will give you more control with less bulk. Select racing plates rather than traditional horseshoes for better traction on the track. Always ensure tack fits properly to prevent injuries and maintain comfort during racing and training.