The life of a racehorse

Most people regard horseracing as a harmless sport with the animals willing participants, enjoying the thrill of running fast.

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Beneath its glamorous facade, commercial horseracing is a ruthless industry motivated by financial gain and prestige.

What is concealed from the television-viewing punter and champagne-sipping patron is the immense suffering that the thoroughbred racehorse endures in a series of unremitting challenges through their often very short life.