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Irish Jockeys Health Warning

Friday, 28th October 2005

Irish Turf Club senior steward Pierce Molony "issued a warning to Ireland's jockeys that he is not prepared to sanction an increase in the weights until they give a commitment they will not ride when dehydrated," reported racingpost.co.uk. Molony announced he is "considering introducing random dehydration tests" & also "hit out at jockeys for refusing to contribute towards the cost of research into helmet safety, further evidence of a deterioration in relations between the 2 groups". Dehydration has been a major issue with the ITC "ever since tests were taken on jockeys at The Curragh earlier in the year & the body fluid levels of many were found to be dangerously low". And a special study is being carried out at the National Coaching & Training Centre in Limerick "which has found evidence of bone disease in some jockeys". Molony emphasised: "The studies have also identified other health concerns, such as low body fat & bone density which indicated the presence of osteopenia. We believe there is little point in raising weights unless riders accept they cannot continue to ride at weights which are detrimental to their own health."

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