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O'Brien Speaks Out Against Interference

Friday, 17th July 2020

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has decided to open up on his thoughts regarding race interference. According to theguardian.com, the Ballydoyle maestro has decided to go public on his feelings after years of discreet lobbying have brought about no change to what he sees as a dangerous situation. “What we all want is the best horse to win all the time. There was an old thing of jockeys closing the door on other jockeys and not letting out other jockeys and taking their ground. I think that’s all stone-age stuff and it’s dangerous.” O’Brien noted, “This thing of horses drifting off their lines and drifting into the rail and the stewards saying it’s race-riding, that is all absolutely nonsense. I think no horse should ever stop another horse from winning. It’s not safe, the things that are allowed to happen. Over the last few years, the senior jockeys are allowed to do these things. I’ve seen riders getting injured in falls and [the jockeys responsible] get suspended for careless riding; that’s not careless riding, that’s dangerous riding and those suspensions, they should be weeks, not days. And that’s the only way it’ll be stamped out.” Clearly angered by what he sees as inaction by Stewards, O’Brien emphasised, “It has to stop, in my opinion. Everybody has kept quiet for too long. Jockeys have to start having respect for each other. The suspensions need to be big. It’s not the horse’s fault, or the trainer’s or the owner’s. People’s lives have to be respected.”

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