As the two horses reach the 200-metre mark, the topweight ranges up to the bottom-weighted horse in the race, and they are poised to fight it out over the last 200 metres to determine the victor. The topweight edges to the front as they reach the finishing line, and jubilation ensues from the owner, the trainer and the jockey. The jockey goes to the weigh-in area, and bedlam ensues as the Clear of the Scales lodges an objection against the winner as the jockey’s weight for the horse he has ridden is incorrect.
The jockey “weighing out” weight does not correspond to his weight when “weighing in”. It is critical to comprehend the terminology. “Weighing out” refers to registering a rider’s weight before a race when they are outside of the jockeys’ room. “Weighing in” refers to the process of documenting their weight after the race as they make their way back inside. This scenario is not commonplace on any race day, but it plays itself out on glocal racetracks, albeit infrequently.
How do they add Weight to Horses? Certain races may require a horse to carry a heavier weight than the other horses in the race because some horses have higher ratings than others. The Clerk of Scales may add weight to a rider in various ways.
Certain racecourses employ rubber cushions between the saddle towel and the saddle and weigh between one and ten pounds. Certain jockeys dislike those pads because they believe the smooth outside covering causes the saddle to slide. Therefore, other racecourses allow lead weights tucked into compartments beneath the saddle flap.
Before a race, jockeys have to weigh themselves and their equipment (including the saddle) to ensure the correct weight. If a jockey weighs less than the horse, the discrepancy will be filled by tiny lead weights in a particular saddle material. Traditional weighing scales with chairs were used to weigh jockeys, but mechanical scales have now taken their place. After weighing in, the jockey passes the saddle to the trainer or the trainer’s helper to saddle up the horse. Following the race, the rider must weigh in with all of his equipment to ensure that the horse carries the correct weight.
The Clerk of Scales weighs the jockey. There is an official with the clerk of scales inside the jockeys’ chamber. Before racing starts, authorities must ensure that jockeys weigh and have their eight documented. The Cleark of Scales must visually check each jockey’s weight and report the information to the track officials. The officials then notify the commentator, who announces the overweight on any of their rides.
Weight – The Overweight Jockey
When a jockey declares an overweight on a horse, it is best to proceed with caution, although they should be evaluated for future races. Every race day, the impact of ‘weight’ on any horse is a hot subject of conversation. When a horse is said to be ‘well-weighted’ for a race, it is considered favourably handicapped compared to the weights allocated to its opponents. Of course, when more lead bags than necessary has to be tucked into the saddle, then those calculations so painstakingly made could be compromised.
If we take a comprehensive perspective, we may infer that a higher-class horse can carry heavier loads more quickly than a lower-quality galloper. However, as with everything else, this ability will be decided by the horse’s current racing condition, race distance, track condition (good, yielding, or heavy), and, of course, the all-important barrier position from which the horse leaps, particularly in large fields.
Trainers like jockeys to be as near to the assigned weight as possible since it is more difficult for the horse to bear this than a person who can move with it. Most people are generally aware that jockeys are weighed before and after a race to confirm they carry the weight listed in the program or on the changes list