O’Brien: ‘It Can Only Be An Advantage Health-Wise’ To Raise Scale Of Weights For Jockeys

At just 23-years-old, Joseph O'Brien has already made the transition from a highly successful career as a jockey to a multiple Group 1-winning trainer.

O'Brien's riding career was brief – he took out his jockey's license in 2009 and he announced his official retirement early last year – due to his constant battle with his weight. At 5'11”, O'Brien was unable ride any lighter than 126 pounds. The minimum weight that a jockey can ride at is higher in Europe than it is in North America, and O'Brien is one of several in the racing industry who feel the minimum should be raised even more.

In a recent interview with Ireland's Independent, O'Brien discussed the racing industry in Ireland, in particular the struggles jockeys throughout the country have in maintaining their weight.

“With jockeys, the way the weights are at the minute, with Irish kids getting taller and stronger and heavier as a result, you will probably find more non-nationals as jockeys (here), like in America,” O'Brien told the Independent.

“There is no disadvantage to horses carrying more weight in races. It can only be an advantage to jockeys health-wise.”

Read more at the Independent

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