Colonel Baird Instructs the Jockeys: Senior Steward of the Jockey Club in England Has Heart to Heart Talk with Riders, Daily Racing Form, 1906-10-30


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COLONEL BAIRD INSTRUCTS THE JOCKEYS. Senior Steward of the Jockey Club in England Haa Heart to Heart Talk With Riders. . The English Jockey Club made a novel move about a fortnight ago in lecturing a number of the leading jockeys as to what constluted fair and foul riding and as to how a rider should pass another, and so on. It was a very peculiar move on the part of such a conservative body, for heretofore It was never known to offer the least advice to riders, but simply to discipline an offender. Of late there has been quite a lot of bumping and unpleasant wrangling, so the Jockey Club thought the best plan was to have a little heart to heart talk with the boys. It was at Newmarket that the stewards requested the jockeys to appear before them. Colonel E. W. Baird, the senior steward of the Jockey Club, and as such practically the most influential race course ruler in the world, was the spokesman and he gave utterance to some. exceedingly sensible remarks about the conduct of jockeys in races. Among those present were Danny Maher, J. n. Sheets . Martin, W. Halsey, B. Dillon, A. Terapleman, F. Templeman, B. Jones,. O Madden, H. Watts, n. Jones, Trigg, Saxby, Hlggs, Grigg3. Randall, Lynham, Wootton, Pike, Escott, Heckford, Plant, Howard, and Heppell. They were told that they must keep straight that if1 they crossed another horse they would lose their license. Colonel Baird referred to the vexed question of jockeys trying to come up on the rail, which has become such an important matter in English race courses of late; He said "jockeys on the rail who have their horses beaten sometimes pull out and let another horse through. You must not do that. If your horse in beaten you must let him drop out where he is-, and not pull out. Frequently jockeys shout out to one another in a race, calling, on them to pull, put. Jockeys should take no notice of this. They must keep their own line and hot pull out to let other jockeys up."

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