Racing industry participants in Victoria are calling for an earlier finish to night meetings
Racing industry participants in Victoria are calling for an earlier finish to night meetings with jockeys citing fatigue from too much racing. The racing calendar has expanded in the state in recent years to include twilight meetings during summer along with two night meetings a week.
Jockeys say they are finding it hard, while trainers and their staff are also working longer hours. Caulfield trainer John Moloney says he almost needs two sets of staff in his stable. “If I give them a night meeting, they’re tired the next day and almost need the day off,” Moloney said. “My foreman can back up, I can back up, but my staff do not back up when they are out doing this type of work.
You nearly need two sets of staff, one that’s doing the race meeting and one that’s doing your work at the stable, because you need to give them time off to get over their night at the races.”