Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

William Hill Predict Minimum Weight Rise For Jockeys

Bookmakers William Hill have opened two different markets on a rise in the weights for jockeys, which could be welcome relief for riders struggling with the scales, such as Joseph O’Brien.


William Hill think it is highly likely that the minimum riding weight in the UK will rise from 8stone by the first Classic of the 2020 Season, but that the 2000 Guineas minimum weight will not have changed by then.


It’s 2/5 that the minimum riding weight for UK jockeys will be raised from the current figure of 8stone by 2020 (7/4 that it won’t), while it’s 3/1 that in the same time period the riding weight for colts in the 2000 Guineas will rise from the current 9stone (2/9 that it won’t).


“It’s indisputable that the human race is getting bigger and naturally jockeys are becoming taller and broader. There are pressures to make the weight and it looks increasingly likely that the current minimum weights will have to be reviewed,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


“As for Joseph O’Brien, his weight is unlikely to be the biggest issue for him this year, but rather the competition for such a prestigious position at Ballydoyle.”


William Hill are offering odds of 6/4 for Joseph to ride a Classic winner for Aidan O’Brien this season, with the continuing murmurs over his future influencing the odds.


William Hill Prices


The UK Minimum Weight For Jockeys To Be Raised From 8st by The 2000 Guineas in 2020: Yes 2/5, No 7/4


Riding Weight For Colts in the 2000 Guineas To Be Raised From 9st by 2020: Yes 3/1, No 2/9


Joseph O’Brien To Ride A Classic Winner For Aidan O’Brien This Season: 6/4