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Jockeying For Position: Patrick Carbery

Terry Leighton | Metropolitan Racing | Tue 28 March, 2017

Foreword

I sometimes feel jockeys are a little protected by the media and racing public and we need to remember they are sports men and women.  How often will you read scathing articles about footy players or cricketers detailing every little flaw with their games?  As the general public, I think it is important (while not attacking anyone on a personal level) that we need to be more accepting that criticism is going to be a massive part of this game.  I've even included some nice things (against my nature) to help ease us into this new and wonderful world of accepted constructive criticism.

Strengths

Positions horses well.  Tends to find good spots in running and will have his horse settle quite well on most occasions.  One of Perth’s better jockeys in regards to not getting caught wide or finding much trouble in the straight.

Weaknesses

A lot of the time appears to get nothing out of a horse.  While you will see the likes of Pike and Noske fluently ride the horse hands and heels while utilizing the whip, Carbery actually stops riding to use the whip.  With horses such as Pounamu or Politics, who tend to build up there own momentum and don't require those urgings it is not a big deal.  But if he was to ride a horse like Socially Unique or Shinta Mani which require a strong rider; both hands and heels and with the whip, he just doesn't suit them.  Just doesn't look overly fluent as a jockey (Cue Carbery fans hate mail...).

Suits

Horses which don’t require much assistance in getting going and hitting top speed.  An example might be a horse like Rock Magic who naturally travels well.  Horses like Universal Law, Diplomat Express, Socially Unique – horses who need to be wound up to get into a race.  Would be steering clear with Patty on.

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User Ridersonthestorm33

Ridersonthestorm33 29 Mar | Posts: 3789

Whats all this about size....it's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts...but the size of the fight in the dog!

User hash

hash 29 Mar | Posts: 4656

Might sound silly but is his lack of height a positive or negative as a jockey ? No question it helps keeping the weight down, but is their an ideal height ? i've been told it depends on the size on the horse, some type of pendulum effect 

User saxonsaxoff

saxonsaxoff 29 Mar | Posts: 25

Might sound silly but is his lack of height a positive or negative as a jockey ? No question it helps keeping the weight down, but is their an ideal height ? I would have thought being smaller is a positive, being able to eat and drink on race day has to ha...

User psycho

psycho 28 Mar | Posts: 153

Might sound silly but is his lack of height a positive or negative as a jockey ? No question it helps keeping the weight down, but is their an ideal height ?

User Fastmoney

Fastmoney 28 Mar | Posts: 4108

Not sure of the point of the thread but presuming an analysis of the other leading jocks is coming.Over the last 10 seasons Carbery has a winning strike rate of 10% and averages $1.8m in prizemoney from around 530 rides per year.. @Fastmoney what site do yo...

User thefalcon

thefalcon 28 Mar | Posts: 14012

...and you'd never meet a nicer bloke....

User Ridersonthestorm33

Ridersonthestorm33 28 Mar | Posts: 3789

Paddy Carbery has withstood the most difficult test of all...the test of time.

User silky

silky 28 Mar | Posts: 173

Gold rocks and Night War, Gilded Venom and Machine Gun Tom, Lottila Bay

User Ridersonthestorm33

Ridersonthestorm33 28 Mar | Posts: 3789

Yes Lotilla Bay think was about 9 or 10 years old when won the Cup for Paddy. Night War was one of his Karrakattas'. Liked John Claite he improved out of sight as a hoop and won the Cup on Tumeric.

User thefalcon

thefalcon 28 Mar | Posts: 14012

did he, riders? my mistake paddy on lottila bay....