Yesterday I wrote a piece called ‘A Weighty Question’ in which I argued in favour of the permanent retention of the COVID-19 increased minimum weight scale, and in the article I opined that only a self-interested lightweight jockey or a dickhead would argue against the proposition.
Well, lo and behold today the natural 49er Dean Yendall comes in an interview with racing.com and proves me to be Nostradamus.
Is Yendall just a lightweight? Or is he a dickhead too?
Here’s a tip for the bloke.
If it’s your naturally skinny frame and the fact that you have to carry dead weight above 52kg that’s holding you back from getting more mounts son, embrace the 56 kilo limit and just eat a lot more.
You won’t miss the lettuce leaves, I promise.
Lightweight hoop Dean Yendall says there’s no need to raise the minimum weight once racing navigates its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minimum was raised earlier this year from 54kg to 56kg for day meetings and from 55kg to 56kg for night meetings to help take the pressure off jockeys.
Victorian Jockeys Association boss Matt Hyland revealed to Racing.com last week that he has had initial conversations with Racing Victoria and the Australian Trainer Association about raising the minimum weight from 54kg to 55kg.
He said about 60 per cent of the riding ranks were in favour of the increase, however the ATA would have to rubberstamp the move.
Yendall, who regularly rides in feature races down in the weights, said he was against a raise in the minimum.
“They raise the weights, they heavy weight guys can’t ride that weight anyway, so it’s not going to make a difference to them … that’s the way I see it,” Yendall said.
“But it’s going to takeaway the easier rides for us lightweights to get. Obviously the heavier weight jockeys think, ‘I could possibly make that weight a little bit easier’, but they’ll still have to waste.
“To me it doesn’t make much sense.
“Hopefully the weights come back down for my sake and a few others that are natural lightweights.”
Yendall said while he was still securing plenty of rides in the country through COVID-19, the rise in weight had impacted his ability to secure city rides.
“Trying to get city rides is my biggest problem at the moment,” he said.
“Obviously the 54kg rides are my bread and butter to pick up Obviously being 56kg, it’s not ideal.
“And then you’ve got the other part of it where the heavier weight horses are now carrying 62kg plus the allowance of the vest. They say, ‘we’re not going to put D. Yendall on, there’s too much deadweight’, so to speak, that old chestnut.
“That’s just the way it is, I guess.”