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Horses that can't possibly win the race

by Lee

Why do horses race knowing they will never win. Is it for practice or training? What is the reason?

Answer: The horse does not know it will never win although some horses have a greater will to win so they try harder.

The trainer may be aware the horse will not win but his incentive to enter the horse is the training fees from the owner.

The horse might be capabe of winning but entered in an unsuitable race to maintain its fitness, protect it's handicap mark or to try out a different distance or going.

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Mar 25, 2011
Horses that cant possibly win races (2)
by: Lee

how do you find out what horses have entered a race to train or maintain their handicap mark or try a different distance or going?

Go to the Racing Post website and do a search for the horse. You will be presented with its past racing history. You can then check to see if the horse has already raced under the present conditions.

To check if it is protecting its handicap mark check its future entries eg Grand National which is a chase and if the horse is running in hurdles races beforehand then it could be protecting its handicap mark.

There is no facility I know of that would perform a check for all horses in all races.

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