Katarina Johnson-Thompson visits Galileo Gold ahead of the Lockinge

British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson recently visited Galileo Gold, last year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner ahead of his planned reappearance in this Saturday’s Al Shaqab Lockinge at Newbury racecourse on 20th May.

Katarina is one of the greatest all-round athletes in the world, although she specialises in the Heptathlon, such is her talent that she is amongst the world’s best in both the High Jump and Long Jump and has been labelled as ‘the future of athletics’.

Katarina visited the Hugo Palmer-trained horse as part of her role as a QIPCO British Champions Series ambassador and to find out the synergies between her preparation for the World Athletics Championship in London this summer, and the training regime of Galileo Gold, one of the returning stars of the prestigious 35 race Series.

She said, “It was really interesting talking to Galileo Gold’s trainer, Hugo Palmer on how the build of the horse dictates the distances that they compete over, just as it does in athletics.

After speaking with Hugo, it’s easy to see there are so many similarities between how a racehorse is trained and how elite athletes train.

We both have a team of people that work on all the aspects of performance so that you can hopefully achieve your potential and what we do in the lead up to competitions, how we get prepared in the winter months for the season ahead or a few days ahead of an upcoming race is so comparable to what Galileo Gold does. It made me have huge appreciation for these amazing athletes and the team around them.

It was fascinating to hear about the role of the horse physio and how things like ice baths are used with horses. I’m glad that I only have to do ice baths after once or twice a week rather than after each session, like Galileo Gold!”