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Racing Explained

Learn about the daily lives, balanced diets and training regimes of the mighty racehorse.

A guide to the types of Racehorse

The Thoroughbred is the most common breed of horse used in racing and the ones you’ll typically see at racecourses across the country.

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All about the thoroughbred

Nearly all of today’s racehorses can be traced back to one of three ‘foundation’ stallions – The Darley Arabian, The Godolphin Arabian and The Byerley Turk.

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Horse welfare comes first

British Racing is among the world’s best regulated animal activities. The 14,000 horses registered in training at any one time enjoy a quality of life virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal.

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How fast are racehorses?

Racehorses can run 100m in half the time it takes the fastest humans on the planet to do so at top speed, which puts them amongst the fastest animals on the planet.

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What does a racehorse eat and drink?

The diet of a racehorse has to be thoroughly planned, carefully managed and strictly adhered to if they are to compete at the highest level.

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What happens to a racehorse during a race?

Although racehorses are natural athletes famed for their speed and stamina, they must be well looked after before, during and after races in order to achieve their full potential.

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What happens after racehorses retire?

For the highest performing horses, a career at stud beckons as the parents of the next generation. An increasing number of racehorses, however, go on to successful second careers after retiring from the track.

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