Journal article

Barriers to entering race training before 4 years of age for Thoroughbred horses born in the 2014 Australian foal crop

Meredith L Flash, Adelene SM Wong, Mark A Stevenson, James R Gilkerson

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Currently, there is a paucity of data on the barriers for Australian Thoroughbred horses transitioning from stud farm to racetrack. This paper reports the reasons why horses failed to enter race training and documents their exit destinations. Biographical records of Australian Thoroughbred horses born in 2014 were investigated to determine the number of horses that had not officially entered race training by the start of the 4-year old racing season (1 August 2018). Of the 13,677 foals born in 2014, 66% had commenced training and 51% had raced before the beginning of their 4-year-old season in Australia. A sampling frame based on the post code of the premises where foals were born and record..

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Grants

Awarded by AgriFutures Australia, as part of the AgriFuturesT Thoroughbred Horses Program


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by AgriFutures Australia, as part of the AgriFuturesT Thoroughbred Horses Program (https://www.agrifutures.com.au), in the form of a grant awarded to MLF, JRG and MAS (PRJ-011251). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis or preparation of the manuscript.