I won’t pretend to know everything about how to win at horse racing. Being married to a horse trainer, however, I do know all about the hard work and long hours that go into producing a winner. This is especially useful for me because I work closely with clients and other horse owners.
Let’s start with the ungodly hours. I get a lot of questions from friends about our lifestyle, and by far, the most frequent is, “Why do they start so early in the morning?” Danny leaves the house six mornings a week at 4 am. We have met people who do breakfast radio and the odd baker, but outside of these professions, it’s rare to find someone who has a similar working day. In the racing industry, however, this is very normal.
The reason they get started so early is because there’s simply a lot of work involved in keeping horses in top race-winning form.
First on the list of priorities is getting every single horse exercised. At Flemington alone, there are around 500 horses in training. Already, that is a lot of traffic on the different training tracks each morning.
Once the horses have been worked, the track staff need to groom them so they are in shape to be used again the following day.
Next come the million other tasks that need to be completed in the morning. There are horses that need massages, ultrasounds, and icing. All these need to be done before the horses that are running that day head off to the races.
This all happens between 4 am and 10 am. The races each day are between 12 pm and 5 pm, and the night races can go as late as 10 pm. As you can see, if the horses aren’t worked early morning, it just wouldn’t get done!
Does this cut down on our social life? Certainly. Danny is asleep by 9:30 most nights, so we don’t have many late dinners. With two young children, it all works out fine, but I’m not sure that we will be able to get them into bed at 7 pm forever!
The massive effort involved in how to win at horse racing has paid off. Danny has trained two stallions that have both won dual group 1 races. One really proud moment for us was when our Shamrocker became the first filly in history to beat the boys in both the Australian Guineas and Australian Derby.
One thing I like about the horse racing and training lifestyle is that anyone can join. You don’t even need to be a millionaire to be an owner. You don’t have to worry all the time about how to win at horse racing, either. Just indulge your love of horses and enjoy the adrenaline. Winning a race should be icing on top.