What are the ‘weighing out’ procedures?

29 Apr 14

Before going out to ride in a race, each jockey must ‘weigh out’. This involves standing, with the equipment he is going to carry in a race, on the digital scale in front of the Clerk of the Scales. The Clerk of the Scales will ensure that the rider is carrying at least the weight shown in the racecard (less any ‘claims’ they might be entitled to due to their levels of experience and/or numbers of winners ridden). In some cases, it may be necessary to add lead weights to the jockey’s equipment in order to achieve this.