RACEGOERS were amused to see some unusual racing colours sported by jockey David Probert when he went into the paddock for the Totepool EBF Conqueror Stakes at Goodwood’s recent opening meeting of the season.
The wrong silks had turned up for him to wear in the race, where he had a ride on a horse trained by Rae Guest from Newmarket. He had been expecting to receive racing colours with green hoops, but instead was left with plain white silks.
The rules and regulations of racing state that jockeys must wear the colours that are shown in the racecard, and if this rule is breached then the horse and rider are withdrawn from the race.
In an ingenious attempt to avoid being withdrawn from the race, Probert and fellow jockey, Hayley Turner, pinned green ‘J’ Cloths to his white silks with safety pins to avoid the grey filly, Conciliatory, not being able to run. Conciliatory, which won twice last year, finished fifth of the seven runners in the Goodwood race but still collected more than £800 prizemoney in the Listed race.
For this story and other equestrian news and pictures,see Sussex Horseworld, West Sussex Gazette, May 11.