11 Sep 2009

Jockeys go on strike in Australia

5:54 am on 11 September 2009

Horse racing will go ahead around Australia this weekend as scheduled but jockeys have not ruled out further industrial action over the controversial whip rules.

Jockeys walked off the job at race meetings in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia on Thursday after hearing their submission for changes to the rule had been rejected by the Australian Racing Board and the major features at Rosehill and Moonee Valley tomorrow were put under threat.

However, after a telephone conference between state representatives of the Australian Jockeys' Association, jockeys resolved to ride over the weekend and meet again on Monday.

Representatives from all facets of the industry put forward a submission to have the rule amended to allow jockeys to use their discretion over how many times they hit horses in the last 100 metres of a race as long as they were in contention.

Under the rule brought in on August first, riders are restricted in the number of times they can use the whip inside the final 200 metres.

Leading Sydney jockey Corey Brown has been the hardest hit so far, incurring a 15 meeting suspension for infringements in two races at Wyong in which he finished second last week.