Video: The life of a champion

The jumps season kicks into top gear this weekend with The Open Meeting at Cheltenham as the battle continues to be crowned Stobart Champion Jump Jockey.

A look at the incredible commitment, dedication and effort jockeys put themselves through in order to become Stobart Champion Jump Jockey.

It takes incredible drive, determination and commitment, both on and off the track, for a rider to reach the top and this video takes a look at what they have to go through.

A great deal of a jockey's time is spent doing physical exercise – riding horses in the morning as part of their training regime and riding at the races as well as running or spending time at the gym.

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With racecourses spread across the country they also spend a lot of time travelling to and from the races and a jump jockey will typically drive up to 70,000 miles a year in search of winners.

This is the equivalent to driving around the equator nearly three times every year. It also amounts to nearly 1,200 hours a year in the car, which is the equivalent to 50 days.

In the saddle, a jockey will jump around 7,000 obstacles (hurdles and fences) during a season – stacked on top of one another, that is almost the height of Mount Everest, while on average, a jockey will fall one in every 17 rides.

Click play to watch the video and see what it takes to become Stobart Champion Jump Jockey.

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