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Talking Horses: should jockeys have their names written on their silks?


‘There’s a lot of good jockeys and they need more recognition’ says one ex-rider but the idea has not yet found favour in racing

Here’s a thought which you may or may not like: why don’t jockeys have their names written on the back of their silks, like footballers and other athletes? If we accept the advice of the sport’s marketing people and seek to make stars of our jockeys, why isn’t there an easy way of identifying them in a race? By which I mean, easier than finding the right page in your racecard or Racing Post and running your eye down the list of runners until you find the silks of the jockey who just impressed you or outraged you.

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