Amateur jockey David Maxwell is facing criticism after his lackluster ride at Doncaster this week. Despite being a likable guy and a fan favorite, Maxwell's performance on his recent £150,000 purchase, Off The Jury, was less than impressive. Punters were left disappointed and believe that Maxwell should face the same level of scrutiny as professional jockeys when giving a subpar ride. However, no inquiry was held, leaving many questioning the on-course officials' decision.
The first-ever Sunday night meeting at Wolverhampton took place recently, but it failed to attract a significant number of paying spectators. With only 405 people in attendance, including owners, trainers, jockeys, officials, and sponsors, the lack of interest from the public was evident. Many argue that adding more races is not the answer to boost betting turnover and suggest cutting down on the number of races instead. Jockey Callum Shepherd spoke out against the Sunday night meetings, emphasizing the importance of a healthy work-life balance in the racing industry.
While the Sunday night meetings may be here to stay, there are suggestions on how to improve them. One idea is to limit these meetings to apprentice jockeys, allowing them to gain valuable experience while giving veteran jockeys a night off. Another suggestion is to pool stable staff from different stables who are willing to work on Sunday nights. These ideas aim to make the Sunday night meetings more appealing and beneficial to all involved.
Jockey Joe Anderson had a memorable week after pulling off a miraculous victory at Plumpton. During the three-mile hurdle race, Anderson was thrown out of the saddle when his horse made a terrible mistake. However, he managed to cling onto the horse's neck and climb back aboard without stirrups. Despite the setback, Anderson went on to win the race, showcasing incredible athleticism and redeeming himself from a previous mistake. Anderson's impressive performance has earned him the nickname "Top Gun."