|Saturday, March 24, 2012|
|Weights Increase in Irish Flat Races|
Following a submission made to The Turf Club and Horse Racing Ireland by Dr. Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer of the Irish Turf Club, the Irish racing authorities have decided to raise weights for flat races from 25th March.
The decision to raise the weights was made in the light of medical evidence and research which showed that there was significant dehydration, reduced bone density and inadequate nutrient intake by jockeys.
The main changes are:
Mr. Denis Egan, Chief Executive of The Turf Club and Chairman of the International Conference for the Health, Safety and Welfare of Jockeys (ICHSWJ) said: “First of all, I would like to pay my tribute to Dr. Adrian McGoldrick, Dr. Giles Warrington and their research team who have been working hard on this important issue for years. These changes will bring a healthier life for jockeys and I hope other racing jurisdictions facing the same issue would follow our footsteps. The whole weights issue in racing will be one of the main issues which will be discussed at the ICHSWJ which will take place at Monmouth Park, New Jersey, USA on 15th and 16th September 2012. I would urge every racing authority to seriously consider being represented at that conference. Full details about the conference will issue in the next few weeks”.
Aki AKITANI (Deputy Secretary General)