A rigorous process takes place at the Weighing Room so that races run according to schedule
“The Weighing Room acts like a core information hub on race day. All critical information including jockey changes or stand downs and horse withdrawals, flows through the room. It is our task to promptly and accurately disseminate information to the right departments, to ensure racing runs like a well-oiled clockwork,” Pauline stated.
There is much interplay between the Weighing Room team and colleagues from broadcasting, racing operations, judges, stipendiary stewards, tracks and veterinary, even Singapore Pools. Just about anyone will stop by for information, hence the team needs to be on top of all going-ons and be able to answer any queries.
As the first race nears, jockeys can be seen lining up for their weigh outs. Each horse in a race has to carry a certain amount of weight and jockeys weigh out to ensure they and their gear are the right weight. After the race the jockey must weigh in with all his gear, to confirm that the horse carried the right weight.
It is important for the team to flag any weight discrepancies to the stipendiary stewards as such errors impact fairness and affect the results of a race. This is also one of the reasons why the team must be observant and detail-oriented amidst working in a fast-paced environment.