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Jockeys’ Pay Was A Headache 25 Years Ago

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Lockdown is a good time for reminiscing and reflecting.

On this very day 25 years ago, the 76th WPOTA AGM was held and it was decided to build a Grooms School.

While WPOTA is no more, the Sporting Post’s Sands Of Time library tells that Mr WE Hodson retired as Chairman and was replaced by Mr Billy Steele with Rodney Dunn as vice-chair.

Two familiar Cape racing faces from the past – Rodney Dunn and Rouvaun Smit

The South African Stable Workers Union was formed with strike action threatened over pay disputes.

Jockeys’ remuneration was proving a headache at the time.

Previously agreed fees were R163 per ride (R80 for apprentices) funded by 4,5 % deduction from winning stakes (over and above the mandatory 7%) with the clubs making up the balance.

The projected 45 000 rides rose to an unexpected 49 250, creating a shortfall in the budgeted amount, which was need to be covered by owners and clubs.

From March 1995, riding fees were  increased by 7.5 % to R175 per ride.

Natfed announced the approval of a national badge, which allowed members entrance to any racecourse in South Africa. A national Breeders’ Cup scheme was also approved.

Mr Cecil Baitz was appointed the new Chairman of NOTA and vice chairman was Mr Wayne Aldridge.

Wayne Aldridge

The KZN clubs launched a service whereby owners could view and discuss races on video tape in the trainers’ lounge. They also issued a public reminder that stipendiary stewards initiating a race review, do not automatically lodge an objection.

The Transvaal OTA held an OTA Benevolent Fund raceday at Newmarket on 29 March, featuring the R200 000 Gr2 OTA Handicap.

The race was won by Tony Millard-trained Rose Of Arcole, owned by Terrance Millard and Robin Scott.

1995 Gr2 OTA Handicap

Tony Millard accepts the trophy for the OTA Handicap

All races on the card were sold to sponsors with all proceeds benefitting the Benevolent Fund which took care of 22 indigent trainers and their spouses.

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4 comments on “Jockeys’ Pay Was A Headache 25 Years Ago

  1. Seattle Slew says:

    Speaking from memory here. If I’m not mistaken, the OTA Handicap was run over 2850m. Rose of Arcole’s bloodline is packed with stamina as her dam Arcole won the Natal Oaks and Gold Vase for Terrance Millard. More recently, continuing the family trend, Arcola won the Oaks and Caradoc Gold Cup(?) for Weiho Marwing. I have fond memories of those stamina-infused bloodlines from Argentina in the 1980s (usually sired by Liloy and Cipayo) and it’s a pity that stayers have fallen so far out of fashion as I find the long-distance races to provide the finest spectacles (and often the most courageous equine performances).

    1. Editor says:

      Top family!

  2. Carry On Alice says:

    Ash Cloud (SA Oaks winner) and Princess of Light (KZN Oaks) are from the same family. The latter was by Var thus showing the damside stamina.

  3. Carry On Alice says:

    Just to add on stamina. The stallion, Hobnob, had quite a few good stayers like, Honey Chunk, Respectable, St Just, Topa Inca, Cholala, etc.

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