Jockeys maintain a supreme level of fitness in order to fulfil their daily routine of riding and schooling horses in training in the morning, as well as riding in races in the afternoon and evening.
Of course, no two jockeys are alike – each has his or her own riding style and a particular set of attributes, as you would expect from any elite sportsperson. However, there are differences between jockeys who ride on the Flat and those who ride over Jumps.
Jump jockeys tend to be taller and weigh more than flat jockeys because they require strength and stamina for the longer Jump races.
Flat jockeys tend to weigh less and, as a result, are likely to be shorter, too. The races are shorter and faster and the horses are younger.
While the majority of jockeys are men, female jockeys compete equally alongside their male rivals.