Britain's Professional Jockeys Association is hopeful new schedule breaks and earlier finish times for night racing in 2019 will work to curb exhaustion for its riders and stable staff, according to a Racing Post report.
“Burnout is the big word,” PJA executive director Dale Gibson told the Post. “We have 30 additional evening fixtures this year compared to last year and that takes its toll.”
Riders are hesitant to give themselves breaks for fear of missing out on key riding opportunities, which means some ride as many as ten horses in the morning before getting ready for the afternoon card. For those riding at tracks with night racing, that sometimes means working until after midnight before starting early the next morning.
Night racing will now end by 8:30 p.m. and flat racing will have two breaks in November and March.
Officials pointed out the hours are problematic for barn staff in an industry struggling to find and retain help.
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