Jockeys’ fear for benefits allayed by Racing Queensland meeting
QUEENSLAND jockeys left a high-powered meeting with racing bosses on Tuesday satisfied there were no immediate plans to slash and burn their benefits.
The state’s jockeys went into the meeting with interim Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall wanting answers over rumours of potential cuts to workers compensation, prizemoney and riding fees.
Hall, from accounting firm KPMG, took charge after the dismissal of former RQ chief executive Darren Condon following the greyhound live-baiting scandal.
Hall repeatedly assured the jockeys, led by experienced hoop Larry Cassidy, it was “business as usual” and claimed there was no blueprint to cut benefits in the short-term.
“He made it pretty clear he had the best interests of the industry at heart, although they (RQ) are still establishing the financial position of the organisation,’’ Queensland Jockeys Association president Glen Prentice said.
“He listened carefully to our concerns about WorkCover and other benefits and he said at this stage it was business as usual.”
While there are no immediate plans to cut the Queensland apprentice training program, it remains possible that future options will be looked at to make it more financially viable.
Gollan on brink of record
TRAINER Tony Gollan can move closer to breaking Bruce McLachlan’s longstanding record of 78 metropolitan winners in a season (1987-88) at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Gollan, who is on a European holiday with wife Jane, is just two shy of McLachlan’s mark and has four runners at Ipswich.
Gollan’s best chances look to be Shipwrecked ($2.60 favourite in race two) and Max It Out ($2.10 favourite, race six), while he also saddles up Rose Of Traveston ($11 in race three) and Epsilon ($7 in race seven).
Story courtesy Ben Dorries Brisbane Courier Mail