Irish flat jockeys will welcome the news that weights are set to rise when the new season gets underway this weekend.
From Sunday, colts will carry 9-5 instead of 9-3 in two year old maidens, while fillies will now have a burden of 9-0,instead of the previous 8-12. In Nurseries, topweights will now carry 9-10 instead of 9-7. Until the end of June, three-year-old handicap maximum weights have risen 2lb to 9st 12lb and from July they will go up a further 2lb to 10st.
Weights will also change in conditions races, with the minimum increased from 8st 12lb to 9st, provided the weight-for-age scale and penalty structure of the race do not lead to the top weight exceeding 10st.
The changes come about following recommendations from the Turf Club’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adrian McGoldrick. The latter has carried out numerous studies and research into the area of weight issues with jockeys.