Forget the jockey or the owner, the next racecourse winner could be trained by a machine. A mile-long loop powered by monorail and designed by a Turkish tycoon is about to revolutionise how horses are trained.
The £20 million device at the 165-acre Kingwood Stud in Lambourn, Berkshire, will put young horses through their paces with the promise of eliminating human error and avoiding injury.
The machine, which is the brainchild of Mehmet Kurt, 70, one of Turkey’s leading industrialists, takes up to ten horses at varying speeds from a trot to a 30mph canter around the all-weather surface. It will soon be open to trainers.