Horsey Telly on Channel 4 TV 3/4/2014


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11 November 2013
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For anyone interested in some horse-themed telly tomorrow evening...

Channel 4 at 10pm - Jockey School

The details:

Three teenagers with troubled backgrounds each want to make it as jockeys.

They're not from the ranks of Champagne-drinking, hat-wearing spectators normally associated with race days. They aren't world-renowned sportsmen on horseback, dedicated to what they do and in peak physical condition.

They're fighters, travellers and troublesome teens, who have not had the best start in life. But they're passionate about horses, and this could be their way to a better future.

The Northern Racing College near Doncaster offers an intensive 10-week course, the possibility of a second chance and training for these teenagers to become jockeys.

Chaos meets order as the teenagers enter a world of 7am starts, discipline and hard work, and face the no-nonsense approach of the tutors.

Can the rigid structure and routine of Britain's toughest jockey school and a love of horses give these teenagers a fighting chance of a better life?

Channel 4 at 11.05pm - How to Win the Grand National

The Grand National is the ultimate challenge in horse racing. To take part in it at all requires extraordinary dedication and bravery. This programme examines what it takes to win it.

Drawing on the testimony of jockeys, and analysis of the anatomy of the horses, Mark Evans gets to grips with the race. His aim is to learn what qualities separate the winner from the also-rans.

He looks at the race in forensic detail: first the adrenaline-pumping start where 40 horses line up ready to charge, followed by the immense power they need to jump the nearly six-foot-high fences, then the precise combination of human balance and equine skill to land safely, and finally the power, will and endurance that decide the final sprint.

From its origins in the muddy chaos of Irish cross-country drag hunting, the Grand National has transformed itself, with new research in laboratories now unlocking the biological basis of success.

With demonstrations including horses leaping over cars, new film techniques taking viewers inside the race, and trainers revealing the secrets behind creating winners, the programme provides an unprecedented insight into the sport, and into the people and horses whose goal is to conquer four and half miles and 30 fences, and to satisfy what is often a lifetime's obsession.

I remember the second programme as they showed it before the 2013 Grand National, but suspect I'll be watching again!


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26 October 2013
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Oohh that sounds interesting, it's so rare there is anything on mainstream television to do with horses, I'll definitely be watching, thanks for that.