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Jockeys to saddle up for low-cal Christmas

A team of food scientists has come up with a low-calorie Christmas dinner so jockeys can enjoy festive fare without failing the weigh-in.

The average person gets through thousands of calories on Christmas Day but Dr Rachel Edwards-Stuart, who spent three years working with innovative chef Heston Blumenthal, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, chairman of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy, have created a 294 calorie meal.

The team, recruited by bookmakers William Hill, was asked to come up with a meal for the jockeys racing over the festive period who normally restrict themselves to crackers and water.

They used modern cooking techniques to come up with a meal including turkey gel, dehydrated Brussel sprouts, potato foam and cranberry air.

Top jockey AP McCoy, (inset), who is riding on St Stephen's Day, said it was "a great invention" that would let him join in with his family at Christmas.

"I used to feel a bit left out, so this year I am looking forward to enjoying the full flavours of Christmas lunch, without having to worry about the calories," Tony said.

Dr Edwards-Stuart added: "I created a layered dish full of different flavours and textures that I hope will prove both delicious and visually appealing to our jockeys."