The Racing Operators (comprising of Cape Racing, 4Racing and Gold Circle) are pleased to report that following a productive conversation and dialogue with the Coastal Jockeys Association (CJA), the demand letter of the CJA dated March 24, 2023 has been withdrawn.
Greg Bortz, Chairman of Cape Racing stated:
“We are pleased that the parties are committed to dialogue and progress. We are a frail industry that needs unity, not division. I look forward to continuing to work with the CJA in addressing their concerns. I believe that actions speak louder than words. On behalf of the funders of racing, I believe that our actions up until this point demonstrate that both our hearts and wallets are in the right place. Personally, all I am looking for is the CJA to demonstrate both an understanding of the current situation, an appreciation for what has been achieved in a relatively short space of time since our involvement, and an understanding that there can be no automatic entitlement by any stakeholders in racing at this time. We will work together, and we will make this work.”
Added Aldo Domeyer, Chair of the CJA said:
“Mr Bortz has agreed to address a number of our major concerns and I believe fellow riders will now be able to perform their duties with peace of mind. I am confident that we will be able to reach a fair, reasonable, and suitable outcome. I am pleased that the extent of our concerns for the future have been acknowledged and understood, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Mr. Bortz and the other operators to ensure that our jockeys are treated in a fair and appropriate manner.”
Both Bortz and Domeyer stated that meetings between the Racing Operators and the CJA (to be represented by Aldo Domeyer, Corne Orffer and Richard Fourie) will resume immediately.