Just before we get into the detail of this week’s
Where is all this going you may ask? Well, on Friday evening after riding in the first race at Kilbeggan, Casey tweeted: “@Kilbegganraces must be stuck for a few quid. Whats the profit margin on single biscuits #prettymiserable.” and attached was the picture on the right.
The treatment of jockeys on Irish racecourses has been a hot topic in the past but it certainly seems as if Kilbeggan are still in the dark.
Casey’s tweet was retweeted by surprised followers 175 times and got favourited 100 times, with many average punters asking was it a joke.
The Kilbeggan canteen isn’t exclusively for jockeys, with trainers also able to gain access to refreshments there, but throwing out 10 packets of biscuits is the equivalent of one person walking through the gate of Kilbeggan and surely that’s worth it considering these are the people who are putting the show on. It seems a very petty thing, but it is embarrassing that anyone could even think of trying to charge 10c for biscuits, never mind charging jockeys at a racecourse. Efforts to contact Kilbeggan racecourse manager Paddy Dunican for this article were unsuccessful but I do believe, courtesy of a one of the senior members of the weighroom, that Dunican addressed jockeys afterwards and expressed his unhappiness that they brought the subject to Twitter and hopefully there won’t be a repeat at their next meeting.
In December, jockey Ruby Walsh took to Twitter and declared his disgust as he went to get something to eat after riding at Downpatrick and there was nothing left for jockeys and the power of Twitter appeared to work there as the track have rectified that issue by becoming the first track in Ireland to offer jockeys a hot meal.
After riding three winners at Downpatrick in March, Paul Carberry tweeted: “Nice to have a treble at Downpatrick today but even nicer to get hot food in the weighroom. A first in Ireland hope the rest of the racecourses follow suit.”
It has been often discussed, how jockeys in Britain are far better looked after in the weighroom than those in Ireland. While most of the tracks here offer free tea, coffee, water and energy drinks (and biscuits) for the riders, jockeys are still expected to pay for sandwiches, which isn’t ideal.
It may seem a very small topic, but surely those lads who have two ambulances following them around as they do their job and give us huge entertainment are entitled to be well looked after.
And as some remarked, it’s not as if it was a good (biscuit) selection offered in Kilbeggan!