John Dunlop (1939 – 2018)

Today’s Racing Post is packed with memories of John Dunlop, who died at the weekend. For us at the NTF, John was all this and more. He gave so much time to the Federation and as a valued Council member instigated the constitutional review which led to the current regional structure and Presidential Triumvirate system.

As a trustee of the NTF Charitable Trust, which makes training grants to racing employees, John helped staff to develop their skills and so forge a career in the sport. This was typical of his approach to people – full of encouragement and practical support. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with all his family.

There will be a service of thanksgiving for John on Wednesday 19th September at 2.00pm at St. Paul’s Church, 32a Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8SH.

Increase in weighing out allowance for new jockey’s safety vest

The BHA has announced that from 1 October 2018 the minimum acceptable standard for a safety vest (body protector) for race riding for jockeys of all disciplines will be increased. As a result, all jockeys will be required to wear the new Level 2 body protectors, rather than the current Level 1 model. (This does not affect stable staff, who must use Level 3 safety vests.)

This change is because the Level 2 vest offers superior protection of up to 50% to the Level 1 vest against direct blows such as kicks. The relevant rule – Schedule (D)2, Equipment PART 1 – has been updated and Rule (B)22 – Weighing out procedure has also been changed to allow an increase of 1lb in the allowance at the scales when weighing out.