Short-Lived Lives Of Chennai-Based Jockeys?By smart-still-poor-punter | 30-Apr-2019
Many of you would agree that more than anything - the owner, the trainer or even the horse concerned - it's the jockey who matters the most in a race. A rider can change the course of a race at any stage with his skilled riding efforts. Several Chennai-based jockeys have had gained a lot of experience but never hit the limelight for reasons best known to their stable owners.
Except for a handful of jockeys like Robin Corner, late C Krishnan, K Satheesh (now a trainer in Hyderabad), J Abraham, A Imran Khan and N Rupa (now a trainer in Ooty), not many others have really made it big in their profession. Such a list is a long-running one, consisting names like M Raji, M Rajendra Singh, late R Herft, Raj Bahadur, G Ross, Milan, and Kabthar.
I am told that several of these jockeys are jobless today and are literally striving to make both ends meet. Not that these riders did not have the ability to ride in prime races but the senior jockeys always walked away with the plum, leaving the lesser known riders to do the track work alone.
Only those who were in the 'good' books of the stable managed to emerge successful while all others had to fight against their fate to make a living. Is this the main reason that not many riding boys from racing schools are not keen to take up the profession in full scale anymore?