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Faces At The Races: Rachel Halden

One has to leap a lot of hurdles if they're going to be successful in the racing game. Fortunately for trainer Rachel Halden, a native of Wakefield, in Yorkshire, England and a budding training star at Woodbine, she has plenty of real life experience at the task. “From the age of 16 to 20, I rode both steeplechase and flat racing,” says Halden. “I won my first race at Kelso, a Scottish track, in an apprentice race for steeplechase jockeys. We went two and a half miles over hurdles. I jumped the last two in second place and somehow managed to win.” Although Halden still gallops her own horses in the morning, she doesn't miss the daredevil lifestyle of a hurdles jock. “I was young and fearless!” she laughs. “I wouldn't do it now, but at that age you don't think about what could happen to you.” Halden grew up…

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