Queensland jockeys get a pay rise

1Racing Queensland has approved an increase to the riding fee for Queensland jockeys.

A 16 percent increase to riding fees in the Sunshine state will be staggered over the next 16 months.

The current riding fee of $147 per ride will rise to $160 on July 1, 2011, $165 on January 1, 2012 and $170 on July 1, 2012.

“This is a strong offer in the face of challenging times with wagering turnover for the traditional pari-mutuel product in decline, legal debate continuing over race information fees, ageing infrastructure and weather complications to name a few,” RQL chairman Bob Bentley said.

“When it comes to jockey’s riding fees we already spend the most in the country (7.14 per cent) as a percentage of TAB distribution.

“This new offer elevates that to around 7.98 per cent as compared to 4.93 per cent in Victoria or 5.92 per cent in New South Wales.”

The offer would also increase the barrier trial fee from 30 percent to 35 percent of the riding fee from July 1, 2011.

Stewards suspended Dunn for three Tasmanian meetings, meaning the jockey’s ban will start at midnight on Saturday night and will end on March 7.