Jockey Riding Fees Increase

Wednesday 21 December

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New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has confirmed a $10 increase in jockey riding fees to $125.00 (GST exclusive) which includes a $5 per ride contribution towards riders’ ACC costs for three years commencing 1 January 2012.

The $143.75 (GST inclusive) riding fee will be adjusted annually by the national CPI amount. NZTR Chairman Matt Goodson said he was pleased that an agreement was able to be reached today between NZTR and the New Zealand Jockeys Association ahead of what promises to be a very busy and exciting Christmas/New Year racing period across the country.

“This agreement will now provide long term certainty for both jockeys and owners in relation to the riding fee through to 31 July 2015.”

“Today’s decision follows extensive consultation and is supported by both the Executive of the NZ Trainers Association and NZ Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation.”

New Zealand Jockeys Association representative Hayden Tinsley confirmed that the jockeys in accepting the increase have acknowledged the additional financial contribution by owners towards jockey welfare costs. “ACC payments are a considerable cost for all jockeys. However, that cost reflects the risks involved.”

Enquiries: Greg Purcell, NZTR Chief Executive: +64 21 576 627 or
Dave Taylor NZJA President +64 27 4930653