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There should be no grey area over scales

Unfortunately, I won't be riding this weekend as I am suspended for five days after failing to weigh in at Naas two weeks ago.

I have nobody to blame but myself as it is the jockey's responsibility to weigh in if required to do so. I finished third which means I automatically had to weigh in.

It's the first time it has ever happened to me and if I'd won the race I'd really feel terrible but we saw a similar instance with Colin Keane earlier at Wexford.

And, in my opinion, both courses have their scales badly positioned.

At Naas, for example, you come back to the weigh room and the television is straight in front of you and you stop to watch the replay and a couple of feet to your right is the jockeys' room and as soon as you cross the line, there is no going back, whereas the scales is a good 20 feet to your left.

In my opinion, too many tracks have their scales positioned incorrectly. This is the first time it has ever happened to me, but it won't be the last time it happens to someone at Naas.


It is a grey area and it shouldn't be. Whether it is the Turf Club or the racecourse, something needs to be done. I miss five days, so that's this weekend and next weekend gone - and I'm an amateur. If I was a pro, I'd be missing even more rides and if it happened two weeks before the likes of Christmas (or Champions Weekend, as it did to Colin Keane) it would be a disaster.