As owners we get very excited to see our horses at the races after we have just purchased a share in a yearling, especially when we start to see other 2YO horses racing.

The facts are thoroughbreds do not reach skeletal maturity until around 4-5 years of age and young horses risk injury every time they are asked to gallop at high speeds.

As a result, it is crucial that each horse is given the proper foundation of training to adapt to the pressures of training and racing. This foundation takes time and a lot of work.

This approach guarantees less risk in injury and gives the horse the best chance of a long and prosperous racing career. We treat every horse on its own merits and do everything possible to get your horse to the races as safely and early as possible.

The table below outlines a timetable of how your horse will be educated and trained from the time they are

purchased at a yearling sale until they are ready to race. This is just a general guide and there are many factors that can influence how early a horse can get to the races.

These factors include but are not limited to:

• Growth rate and maturity levels
• Injuries both skeletal and muscular
• How well a horse copes mentally during training • The rate at which a horse gains fitness – some are quicker than others.