Horse Racing

Horse Racing
Horses from Julia Brooke's yard on the gallops on Middleham Moor

Julia Brooke: Chasing the dream

Julia Brooke is the first to admit that training racehorses is “a ridiculous thing to do”. She’s been up most of the night tending to a sick horse and a broken down van – and the rain clouds are foreboding as she muck outs the stables and prepares her string of horses for their morning gallop. Yet she’s been waiting a lifetime for this chance and radiates enthusiasm as she talks about her bold decision, in her early 50s, to become one of the newest additions to North Yorkshire’s training ranks at a time when many yards are struggling to make ends meet.

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