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THE world’s first racing simulator designed to train a jockey’s mind as well as his body is to receive its first outing this weekend.

Inventor Bill Greenwood, whose Cheshire-based company Racewood has spent 17 years evolving the machine, says it is the only simulator that addresses the psychology of racing.

“This machine is designed to exercise jockeys’ brains as well as their muscles. It reacts to every move they make and accurately reflects the impact of their decisions in a real race environment.”

The simulator takes the form of an actual horse, coupled to a video screen which replicates the jockey’s view of the track. Particular courses can be practiced before a race, and by pre-programming exact racing day conditions no two experiences are ever the same.

Top professional jockey Alan Munro has already trialled the new model. “The machine reacts extremely closely … and tactically it’s hard to win. It’s going to be really good for young riders to learn how to race ride.”

Commissioned by the British Racing School, the first model will be unveiled to the public at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 27 October.