By Hayley Pugh
It might look like something from a theme-park but this new £20 million machine, designed by rollercoaster engineers, is actually putting young racehorses through their paces.
The machine, dubbed the Kurtsystem, is designed to eliminate jockeys’ human error and can take up to 10 horses at varying speeds from a trot to a 30 mile per hour canter round a mile long all weather surface.
The track, based at Kingswood Stud in Lambourn, also features state of the art medical technology which monitors the horses’ heart rate and breathing as well as bone and muscular development.
It is hoped the new machine will eliminate human intervention which according to Kurtsystems is often detrimental to a horses’ development and can prematurely end a horses’ racing career.
The unique machine was designed by Mehmet Kurt, one of Turkey’s leading industrialists and entrepreneurs and can also be used to rehabilitate older horses which have been injured.
Mehmet Kurt said: “I was delighted to provide the British horseracing community with an introductory demonstration of the Kurtsystems technology this week in Lambourn.
“Trainers, owners, breeders and their staff were able to see the pre training system operate at speeds varying from a walk, trot to a canter with yearlings and 2yos.
“The system will improve the preparation and pre training of young racehorses before they enter a full traditional training regime.
“It will reduce injuries, better condition the horse and allow us to measure their physical growth and readiness.
“It will also have a large role in horse rehabilitation which will apply well for injured national hunt horses.
“This system will better allow racehorses to reach their full potential on the racecourse.”