Big Race Review
EVERY DAY, I GO BANANAS
2 slices toast
with low-fat spread and honey. Cup of tea or coffee.
During day: 2
bananas, bottled water.
Llewellyn, 35, is the toast of the racing world after winning two Grand
Nationals. Being even a pound overweight can hamper his horse’s chances of
to stay between a bottom weight of 9st 5lb and an upper limit of 9st 8lb.
So, every morning, I check it out on the bathroom scales."
Carl, who’s 5ft 7in, may look like a feather could knock him over but, he says, “I’m light yet tough. You have to give this job up after your mid-30s, because your body can’t take the falls – you average one of every 10 rides. I’ve had 20 so far this season and have broken nearly every bone in my body". (Click on Injuries to see the full extent of Carl's broken bones)
keep my strength up, that’s why I eat bananas. Sometimes I’ll have a
little salad at lunchtime if it’s laid on at the track. Some jockeys
drink to make up for eating so little – Champagne’s the favourite, but
I stick to the bottled water".
who let themselves go during the summer break put on stones. I never add
more than 5lb, which is easy to lose. Luckily, I’m not interested in
food, although I do let myself go on Saturday nights. There’s no racing
the next day, so that’s when we all go out for a big meal – Chinese is
my favourite. I’ll have a drink then – lager or wine, with a good whisky to
finish off. Now that’s something I do enjoy.”