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HORSING AROUND: Denise Lewis with racehorse Sympathy

OLYMPIC GOLD medallist Denise Lewis has gone behind the scenes at one of the most renowned stables in racing to discover just what it takes to train a champion racehorse ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day on October 17.

Lewis visited 10 times champion trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, at his Newmarket stables to learn first-hand the winning formula behind getting a horse from the sales ring to the richest raceday in Great Britain.

As a champion of the track herself it is this aspect of racing Denise has always found fascinating and can relate to most. Lewis said: “The more time I spend with these incredible athletes the more I love the sport.

“Being able to go behind the scenes with one of the biggest names in the racing and discover just how these incredible equine athletes train, recover and prepare for big races is what I love the most”.

“As an athlete I understand the attention to detail and care that goes into training and speaking with Sir Michael about the training process really emphasised for me the similarities between my own training and that of a racehorse.

“There is a whole team working together to ensure the horse as an athlete is in the best possible condition come raceday and the excitement around big days like QIPCO British Champions Day is palpable. It’s these similarities with my own experience that have really drawn me to horse racing”.

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With over £4 million in prize money and featuring a card that boasts four Group 1 races, QIPCO British Champions Day is the finale to the Flat racing season where, for the first time this year, the winner of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship will be crowned in front of a large crowd and live on Channel 4.

* To watch the full behind the scenes discussion with Denise Lewis and Sir Michael Stoute and for tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day on October 17 visit

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