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For many, when thinking of horse racing in its heyday, it inspires visions of vintage racing greats such as Muis Roberts, Fred Rickaby and Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer to mention but a few. Whilst in some respects the sport has seen significant changes over the years – including the introduction of Tellytrack and online betting – it has also remained the same in many ways, including methods of handicapping, race day procedures and the old world charm that accompanies visits to the parade ring and winners enclosure.
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Whilst many of the jockeys from the golden era are still very much involved in horse racing in other professions – some as trainers, some as Stipendary stewards and others as riding masters and coaches – there is a buzzing undercurrent of ‘young blood’ pulsing through the racecourse and jockey room – a new generation of up and coming champions who are holding their own – some even smashing decade-old Championship records whilst still in their apprenticeship.
Join Racing It’s a Rush as we launch the Young Bloods series – an intimate look at the lifestyle and behind-the-scenes footage from aspiring jockeys, trainers, vets, stipendary stewards and even commentators who make up the next generation of racing greats. Whilst rivals on the track, away from the races most of the jockeys and trainers are friends and comrades – fiercely protective of one another and the sport they passionately represent.
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Their careers begin at an early age, thrusting them into the proverbial spotlight whilst still navigating their studies and managing additional pressures most teenagers don’t even consider – such as weight management and injury prevention. Like all millennials, these young bloods have active social lives but it comes with the added responsibilities and pressures of being professional athletes. It is a sport characterized by highs and lows, moments of sweet victory and devastating defeat, narrow losses and split-second decision making. With interviews with the likes of Lyle Hewitson, Muzi Yeni, Callan Murray and Allistair Cohen, join us as we find out more about the Sport of Kings from the proverbial horse’s mouths.
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