British trainer Jamie Osborne, who became a social media star with his musical productions in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, is pursuing a legal case in the hope of ending online abuse of thoroughbred racing participants.
Osborne, who rode 11 Cheltenham Festival winners before he began training gallopers, both on the flat and over jumps, has leapt to the defence of his teenage daughter, apprentice rider Saffie, who received a horrific message via social media from a disgruntled punter upset at her performance aboard runner-up Peerless in a sprint race at Bath.
Osborne’s campaign against the disgraceful, gutless online abuse of jockeys, trainers and other thoroughbred racing professionals is gathering momentum in the United Kingdom, but without successful prosecutions and more support from both the sport’s governing bodies and the social media platform’s owners, it is hard to see anything changing.
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