Racehorse stars in TV documentary

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  • Television viewers are invited to follow the story of Truman the racehorse from foal to his first race

    The life of a Thoroughbred is currently being filmed for a documentary which will follow the work involved in producing a racehorse.

    The cameras have been filming Truman, a bay yearling colt since his birth on 30 April last year.

    Buckingham Thoroughbreds in association with Waterfall Studios came up with the idea of following a racehorse from “cradle to grave” after the hit movie The Truman Show, starring Jim Carey.

    “A group of us including Simon Smith, Ray Santilli and Spyros Melaris from Waterfall Studios got together and were inspired by the film, ” says Les Straszewski from Buckingham Thoroughbreds

    “Having been involved in racing as an owner for many years, I thought it would be an excellent way of showing people exactly what goes on behind the scenes in racing.”

    Since the colt’s birth nearly 18 months ago, the cameras have been filming Truman’s every move.

    He recently passed his first wind assessment and discussions are underway to decide who will be responsible for training him as a two-year-old next year.

    Classically bred, Truman’s grandfather is the renowned stallion Sadler’s Wells. Two of his half brothers have won Group 1 races and expectations are running high.

    Providing his training all goes to plan, he will make his debut on the racecourse early next summer.

    Broadcasting rights on Truman’s life are in negotiation and the programme is expected to be shown early next year in the lead up to his first race.

    For more information about Truman visit www.trumanthehorse.com

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