Sanders has ridden 62 winners for Beckett in the last five years, but the trainer said: "Seb has never been to Whitsbury to ride work
for me, though he has worked a couple on the racecourse before.
If he bases himself in Newmarket I'd be delighted to have him ride work
on a regular basis."
Although based in County Durham with Howard Johnson, O'Regan has travelled south to ride work
at Knight's Oxfordshire stable and is rewarded for his efforts with mounts today on novice hurdlers Launceston (1.00) and Openditch (2.00).
Having claimed that I am wrong about the non-payment of jockeys, Johnston then appears to do an about-turn, stating: "I do accept that my policies may not be applied elsewhere and it may well be common practice to have jockeys ride work without payment."
Having acknowledged that his approach may not be commonplace, Johnston expresses the opinion that it is not necessarily wrong for trainers "to have jockeys ride work without payment".
As Johnston does pay jockeys to ride work, presumably he believes that it is right to do so.
Using his own experience as an example, Johnston suggests that, when a jockey asks to ride work, sometimes without requesting payment, it is no different from the occasions when Johnston has travelled at his own expense, often advising on the care and preparation of horses, in the hope of getting horses to train.
WITH regard to trainers paying jockeys to school and ride work, David Ashforth needs reminding that the real world is driven by markets.
Since Arnold claims that, in return for jockeys riding work and schooling, the "owner/trainer provides consideration in the form of a fee-earning race-ride", presumably he believes that jockeys who ride work or school a horse but do not receive a fee-earning race-ride should be compensated accordingly.
"The ride works
as an event for us," says Gustavo Suarez, a spokesman for the foundation.