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In the first episode of the latest series of This Racing Life, we visit three yards in and around Newmarket and take you behind the scenes at the stables of James Owen, Ilka Gansera-Leveque and Sarah Humphrey.

Owen us a rising force in the National Hunt game and has stumbled upon Burdett Road in his first season as a jumps trainer, the high-class former Flat racer looking a natural over hurdles so far and a contender for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The trainer gives us the scoop on his big hope - one who he hopes could be a foundation horse for his yard - will also revealing his background in the sport and the many strings to his equestrian bow. Between Arabian horses, point-to-pointers and plenty of pre-training, there's plenty going on!

Ilka Gansera-Leveque has her own yard in Newmarket and the only female trainer in the British ranks while also a practising vet reveals her unque background in racing - via the USA and Germany - and reveals her passion for art. A curator, she displays work at her own stables!

Sareah Humphrey is enjoying something of the limelight in the 2023/24 jumps season thanks to the bold-jumping exploits of her exciting novice chaser Nickle Back and the trainer tells us all about the journey so far as well as her hopes and ambitions for her stable star

This article originally appeared on Racing TV and is published here with permission.

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