As the general health of the racing industry continues to cause anguish among the sport's leaders and participants, one sector has never been in higher demand.
The last decade has seen a huge growth in the number of pre-training yards, which play an increasing role in the formative years of racehorses and have become a cog without which racing’s wheel would struggle to turn. Indeed, some pre-trainers are housing vast numbers to rival the biggest training yards.
Gone are the days when most Flat trainers would break in young horses themselves and it’s a similar story over jumps. As prices for young horses rocket in the sales ring, more trainers are buying horses at a far earlier stage in their lives when they are more affordable and, with time and space at a premium, many are sent to spend their early days with a pre-trainer.
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