Jockeys admit wearing tights underneath

Published: 15th May 2008

Jockeys admit wearing tights underneath
Jockeys are known for many things but the latest revelation by redtop the Liverpool Echo could change their public reputation for ever.

The newspaper's intrepid reporter Nick Peet has revealed the sportsmen's "saucy secret", namely that beneath those professional looking jodhpurs, they are all wearing hosiery.

He made the discovery while touring Aintree last week but was reassured that male jockeys wear them to keep them warm and comfortable.

"One jockey ... was actually sporting a bright red pair last Friday - with titillating holes running down the outside of each leg and diamantes along the seams," the sports commentator revealed.

However, far from being shy about legwear, one jockey recently told the BBC that pulling a pair of tights on over his boxer shorts helps keep him warm.

Paul Hanagan, a professional rider from North Yorkshire, explained that hosiery is the best choice as it is so lightweight.

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