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Horsepower Offers Unique Behind the Scenes Look at Horse Racing

Horsepower is one of the latest fly-on-the-wall sports series going behind the scenes with one of the most successful horse racing trainers in the sport. The Amazon Prime documentary has been a big hit on the platform since it was released in early October.

Andrew Balding, who is predominantly featured in the docuseries, is a British Classic-winning trainer and he comes from a family with a rich history in the sport. His father Ian trained the Derby winner in 1971 with Mill Reef.

The series shows how horses are prepared for their races on the track. It also documents the challenges involved in making sure they are 100% fit for the major contests across the year in Flat racing.

One of the horses which feature for Balding is Coltrane. He is a horse who runs in the stayers’ division in Flat racing. He is 7/1 in the bet on horse racing odds for the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day in 2022. His latest win at Doncaster, where he beat one of the highest-rated horses in his division, Trueshan, suggests he goes to the meeting with a great chance.

Balding is fortunate to have multiple Group One horses like Coltrane as he has the support of big owners in the sport, as you will see in the series.

Oisin Murphy Battles to Save His Career

Horsepower also covers what it is like to ride at the highest level in the sport, following three-time Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy. He gives a great insight into the sacrifices needed to be a jockey.

Murphy has had problems outside of the saddle, which have been well-documented. During part of the series, he is suspended from the sport, and we learn why that was the case. It shows the 27-year-old making his comeback to riding at the biggest meeting of the year, Royal Ascot.

Murphy’s fans will be eager to see how he performs in upcoming races. For a more detailed look at emerging patterns for future races, be sure to check out horse racing tips from Paddy Power.

As well as partnering horses on the track, jockeys have other responsibilities, including waking up at the crack of dawn to ride several horses on the gallops. This is an important part of their daily routine.

It is also fascinating to hear Murphy talk about how he must make high-pressure decisions in the saddle where he has only a split second to decide what option to take. This can often be the difference between winning and losing a race.

Grooms and Stable Staff

Arguably the most heart-warming part of Horsepower is the affection for the horses that the grooms and stable staff have in the yard. They are just as much part of the success story as the jockeys, trainers, and owners.

The grooms provide love and care to their assigned horses throughout the year. They clean their boxes, ride them on the gallops and travel with them to their races, sometimes internationally.

One of the stories which will catch your heart is about Abdul, a Sudanese refugee. He had a love for horses from a young age and his move to Highclere proved to be a dream job for him.

Horsepower is available as four one-hour episodes. It can be enjoyed even if you have never watched a horse race before or have no knowledge of the sport.

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