THE Family Matters feature “Work out when exercise is best for you own body” (The Press, September 5) wondered whether the time one exercised affected the results in terms of fitness gain.

Does the same apply to racehorses in training?

Horses are taken onto the gallops first thing in the morning for their daily workout then back to the stables for feed and afterwards rest for the day.

However, during the season the time they are called on to make their winning effort is the afternoon or, in mid-summer, the evening, maybe up to 9pm.

Would exercising them at the same time as they are due to race alter their performance?

Has it ever been tried or is it just a horse racing tradition?

Harold Mozley, Blakeney Place, York