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with Vogue Williams & Frankie Dettori



What do you get when you take the SAS Who Dares Wins chief instructor to the training yard?


We took ex-special forces soldier Ant Middleton to learn what it takes to train a Derby-winner, and discover how a racehorse's regime can be applied to human training. Watch as Investec Derby Festival ambassador Vogue Williams puts it to the test, complete with insight from star jockey Frankie Dettori...

It all began when Ant Middleton met Michael Bell, who trains horses for Her Majesty The Queen. After learning about a racehorse's training regime, Ant pieced together a racehorse-inspired workout guaranteed to put you to the test. The psychological side is also important - Ant spoke to two-time Derby winning jockey Frankie Dettori, delving into the relationship between horse and jockey.


"train easy, fight hard"

Ant also identified some differences between the way horses are trained versus those in the military. In the military the mantra is ‘train hard, fight easy’; soldiers are pushed to their limit everyday so they're ready at a moment’s notice. Racehorses on the other hand are not over-trained; they're eased into training and are taught to remain cool, calm, collected, saving adrenalin for the raceday: ‘train easy, fight hard’.

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