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Horse Racing South Africa: Queen's Plate runs Jan 11th

Cape Town - Equestrian champions, trainers and jockeys alike are gearing up for the Cape’s most elegant horse racing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, which holds its 153rd running on January 11, 2014 at Kenilworth Racecourse, with contenders competing for the coveted R1 million purse.

For the jockeys, preparing for race day demands rigorous discipline and stringent dietary control to ensure peak performance and weight control. This often means having to keep up to 10kg below their regular weight or lose up to 3kg through cardio exercise in a sweat suit the day before the race.

“If I weigh just 200g more than my designated weight on race day, I will be replaced with another rider and will have to pay a fine, so I take my diet and exercise very seriously. I eliminate carbohydrates and fatty foods, train in a sweat suit and spend an hour in the steam room once a week,” says jockey Glen Hatt, who is intensively preparing for his ride at The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

A jockey’s commitment begins long before race day and Glen, who normally weighs 70kg, must keep his weight under 60kg for the race, avoiding weight training of any kind, lest he gain muscle mass.

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