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National Jockey Day can be a real Tweet; STEAMING; David Yates gets it off his chest.

TODAY is National Jockey Day!

Sometimes they drive us punters mad, but -- even if I were half my size -- I wouldn't do their job if I could write my own pay cheque.

The brave men and women of the weighing room are a breed apart, and the point is worth making that those who earn a king's ransom are the exception rather than the rule.

The object of the exercise is to help those lower down the food chain and, on Twitter, for every tweet using the hashtag

#NATIONALJOCKEYDAY Betfair will donate PS1 to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

DO the bodies that run British and Irish racing ever communicate with each other? Last Sunday, each country staged two jumps fixtures which makes planning tricky, but not impossible.

There were two headline acts going into the weekend -- Sprinter Sacre, who ran in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham, and Faugheen, who returned in Punchestown''s Morgiana Hurdle.

The Shloer Chase was due off at 2.10pm, five minutes before the Morgiana Hurdle, allowing 60 seconds between the two events.

Surely the British Horseracing Authority and the Turf Club could work together to avoid such a clash. Haven't they heard of telephones?

ON the subject of Sprinter Sacre, his impressive victory showed just why jump racing has the whip hand over its Flat cousin in terms of public appeal.

Sprinter Sacre's return to something approaching his best was stirring indeed, as reflected by the ovation Nicky Henderson''s former champion received from the Cheltenham crowd.

By contrast, Flat-racing stars have hardly established a rapport with their followers before they are rushed off to stud.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2015
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