ANATOMY OF A JOCKEY "What You Need To Know"
Don't let their small stature fool you, there's a lot more to being a jockey than you might think. The rewards can be millions but the riders face grueling fitness regimes and unbelievable diets before they've even left the starting gate. And they're off...! Arabic العربية PLACE YOUR BETS Jockeys are self-employed and never actually own the horses they race. Instead they hire themselves out to the highest bidder, and are responsible for their own travel costs, insurance and equipment. The average rider loses about 4kg of weight during a race due to the battering his body has taken. THE PAY OFF Jockeys may be freelance workers, but the money is there to be earned. Top jockeys can take home over 563,700 KWD ($2million USD) a year. DREAMS CAN COME TRUE SIZE MATTERS In 1923 a stable hand, Whilst there are noFrank Hayes, was granted height limits, most jockeys his lifetime wish to enter tend to stand between a race at Belmont Park. 1.47m and 1.67m. Unfortunately for him, it would also prove to be his last ever race. He died of a heart attack halfway through, yet his body The thoroughbred horse. SIZE MATTERS Whilst there are no height limits, most jockeys tend to stand between 1.47m and 1.67m. TAKE A WALK Many jockeys speed walk instead of running to build up their endurance but prevent muscle growth. SOUNDS NUTS The world's most successful jockey, Laffit Pincay Jr, was famous for upholding a strict diet to ensure he would be as light as possible. For lunch on race day, he would eat just half a peanut. OFF THE SCALE To ensure they meet the speed of 40 km/h stringent weight limits and when running. are light enough to win races, the majority of jockeys weigh under 54kg. HORSEPOWER The thoroughbred horse is able to travel at 72 km/h for a distance of over a mile. speed makes them faster than even cheetahs over a long distance. By comparison, a human can only reach a top To ensure they meet the speed of 40 km/h stringent weight limits and when running.