The gelding of a racehorse these days can be done in a stress free manner. Your stress levels may be high though if you fail to pick up this all important gear change in the form guide.
While the procedure of gelding is usually done to younger colts, sometimes a colt or entire may not be gelded until racetrack performances give the indication a stallion career just isn’t going to happen for them.
Blueblood colts are given the opportunity to prove themselves as stallion material during their two and three-year-old seasons and if they fail to do so, connections may elect to enhance the colt’s chances as a successful racehorse by gelding them.
The likelihood of a thoroughbred properly showcasing their talents as a racehorse are for the majority enhanced when the procedure is carried out.
Issues linked with hormonally driven behaviour start to diminish making a horse easier to handle and less distractible.
One of the greatest ever examples of this is actually still in the process of unfolding with the gelding of Lankan Rupee attributed to him becoming the current best sprinter worldwide.
A promising but wayward sort as a three-year-old who could not be effective past 1000m due to his inability to settle, the decision to geld Lankan Rupee turned him around rapidly.
He became more relaxed, focused and easier to settle in races.
From an Open company three-year-old in season 2012/13, Lankan Rupee began a meteoric rise through the grades as a gelding in season 2013/14.
The four-year-old won seven of his eight starts, three of which came at Group 1 level.
Lankan Rupee concluded his season with a convincing victory in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) making him the only horse ever to claim the Oakleigh Plate-Newmarket-TJ Smith treble.
While rarely to this extent, the substantial improvement in a racehorse during a preparation after being gelded can be seen regularly.
Gelding is a gear change which is arguably often undervalued by most punters especially considering the rapid behavioural changes it can create in a racehorse.