Silence is Golden but Racing Punters Will Soon Need a Jock Fix

Are thoroughbred jockeys overpaid?

There is not enough money in the country to convince us to do what they do. We would rather drive racecars. At least there is some protection. Come off the back of a galloper at the wrong time and you might not live to regret it.

The jockeys are after more money. Racing Victoria does not want to pony up. Negotiations are at an impasse.

The jockeys have decided to use, as a negotiating tactic, a refusal to talk to the journos until the issue is resolved.

Victorian Jockey Association head honcho Matt Hyland reported that both Racing Victoria and the VJA have agreed not to use the media as pawns over the course of the negotiation process.

Should he also remain mum?

Trainer Mick Price initiated a war of words, claiming that the jockeys were well paid and for evidence, people should, “Look at the jockeys’ car park and then look at everyone else”.

We do not know what Mick Price uses for a car. Maybe he takes public transit. Price has 36 Group 1 wins and has hauled in almost $100 million in prizemoney since 2000, so he could easily afford the price of Uber or Lyft to get to and from the track.

Without the keen insights of Hughie, Brenton and Tye, punters will be in the dark, but we wonder which of the top jocks will be the first to break ranks and let his or her thumbs do the talking, as the lure of social media is irresistible to the vast majority of people.

Opinion is split over whether the jockeys are helping or hurting their cause.

Our view is that they should get as much as they can while they can, which is our stance regarding any professional athlete.

The hoops should remember, however, that the dish lickers need no pilots and somewhere, someone is devising a scheme involving self-driving gallopers.

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