Jockey Jason Watson disqualified in Lingfield race after losing weight sweating in the sun
Sweating in the sun caused Jason Watson to lose weight and took second place in the Lingfield opener following a steward investigation.
The rider made a determined effort aboard Tindrum 6-1 shot, a three and three quarter length finalist in the whichbookie.co.uk Free Racing Tips Handicap.
After three stages of the 1mf 4f competition, Watson was dragging his mount and an extra half mile they were ahead of their six rivals.
When the eventual winner Chai Yo Power (10-11 favorite) came to his side, the apprentice rider 2018 champion asked more of his horse.
In the cheeks for the first time, for the conduct of Watson, Tindrum held up but did not have the speed of the market leader.
Watson later said his efforts in the hot weather made him weigh 2 pounds less than when he went out to ride, costing connections the price of £ 1,343.55 for the second.
He was also banned for two days by stewards and Tindrum’s coach Heather Main was fined £ 500.
Explaining to Sky Sports Racing what went wrong, Watson said: “I don’t need to tell anyone it’s a very hot day today.
“I weighed myself and was wobbling on the correct weight anyway – if anything, I was probably wobbling a half a pound below, but I survived with the weight.
“I walked in and weighed a pound and a half, a pound less than what I got out (at) and all I can say is I was probably one of those who participated in the race pretty much throughout.
“It was very hard work today and I also have a light (weight) coming Friday and have been drinking water for about the last day and a half without having much solid food so it makes it easier for the sweat to come out and I feel like I lost a lot of weight during the race. “
When asked if he felt uncomfortable, Watson added, “I’m sorry for Ms. Main and the owners as it’s hard enough to get anything out of this game, especially after all. the pandemic.
“And for something like that to happen today when you can’t necessarily control the climate and have the prize money taken away for being second and on top of that for getting a fine, I got felt like it was extremely hard.
“Why would you want to get into this industry when things like this happen? “
At the time of the race, 2:10 p.m., the temperature was around 27C according to the Met Office.
Watson ended the card on a happier note with a success aboard Salsoul in the 6f fillies final handicap.
The stewards’ investigation report read: “The balance clerk opposed Tindrum, placed second, ridden by Jason Watson and coached by Heather Main, on the grounds that the rider weighing 9th 4lbs had weighed 9th 6lbs .
“Tindrum was disqualified and the rankings have been revised to read as follows: Chai Yo Power, ranked first, Cozone, ranked second, Rafiot, ranked third, Midfield, ranked fourth.
“The rider, trainer and scale attendant were interviewed. It was noted that despite the hot conditions all other riders who were required to weigh, either weighed the same or slightly heavy, but still within the permitted parameters. .
“As the flight attendants could not come up with an explanation for the difference in weight, Watson was suspended for two days and Main was fined £ 500.”