Reporter Stuart Riley finds out the hard way just how fit jockeys have to be
It's a familiar declaration heard on racecourses and in betting shops around the country: "I could have ridden a better race than that."
Yeah, but could you though, really? Quite aside from requiring the necessary skill of being able to ride a horse, jockeys also need to be incredibly fit – they are professional athletes after all, a fact often overlooked by armchair pundits.
So, to find out just how in shape jockeys need to be, we sent along interepid reporter Stuart Riley to a 'Jockey Fit' gym class at Epsom racecourse where champion apprentice Tom Marquand and personal trainer Hayley Madigan put him through his paces . . .
Read more about Stuart's gruelling morning in this week's RPSunday
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