Victorian minimum weight to remain 54kg – RVL announced that there wasn’t enough support for the move
The minimum weight for Victorian jockeys will return to 54 kilograms as of August 1, Racing Victoria announced yesterday. There was a push from the Victorian Jockeys Association to raise the minimum weight to 55 kilograms, having been raised to 56 kilograms during the Covid-19 pandemic, but RV last night announced that there wasn’t enough support for the move. “Victoria remains the only state with Covid-related increases to its minimum weights in place,” RV chief Giles Thompson said.
“Following consultation with the VJA and ATA (Australian Trainers Association), it is clear that there is not a definitive push from all stakeholders to maintain the increases in perpetuity. To that end, we have determined that minimum weights for jockeys at all meetings will be returned to pre-Covid levels next racing season which will allow riders plenty of time to adjust. At this time, we are targeting (August 1), however we will continue to review it based on the circumstances within the Victorian community.”