- Callum Shepherd partnered Charlie’s Choice to claim first winner on the card
- But the jockey but took little joy from being at Wolverhampton on Sunday night
- He doesn’t understand why six night meetings have been added to the calendar
Callum Shepherd has warned jockeys’ health is being jeopardised after riding in the opening Sunday-night all-weather meeting.
Shepherd partnered the first winner on the card — Charlie’s Choice for trainer David Simcock — but took little joy from being at Wolverhampton.
There will be six Sunday-night meetings, concluding at Southwell on March 10, but Shepherd doesn’t understand why these fixtures have been shoehorned into the calendar — and feels the well-being of riders is being compromised.
‘We don’t need to be here on a Sunday evening,’ said Shepherd. ‘Bar maybe the festive period, I don’t think there is a great need for Sunday racing — certainly not Sunday evening racing. You might get an extra hundred quid in your pocket but I don’t think it is healthy.
‘I want to be able to go to the football with my Dad and things like that.
Jockey Callum Shepherd took little joy from being at Wolverhampton on Sunday night
‘If this becomes the norm, and I think it will, you’ll cross the bridge where there is no work-life balance.’
The BHA will take a keen interest in Shepherd’s comments as they have vowed to canvass opinion about whether Sunday racing works from all parties. The next Sunday fixture is at Chelmsford in two weeks’ time.