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Vic Country Saturday Axe "Will Force Jocks Out Of Industry"

Thursday, 24th February 2011

Leading country rider Craig Robertson "fears the move by Racing Victoria to scrap Saturday provincial meetings for 3 months from next winter will force jockeys out of the industry" reported The Herald-Sun. Robertson said RV's move to abandon Saturday provincial TAB dates in June, July & August next year (to be replaced by Cranbourne Friday night meetings from October to April each season) was "another step backwards" & noted: "They got rid of non-TAB meetings, now they want to get rid of Saturdays. These meetings are bread-and-butter for those guys. They are not doing the right thing by the 'small' jockey." The winter meetings will be relocated to Sundays & Tuesdays & the Cranbourne Friday nights "will mean 2nd-tier jockeys will find it harder to get rides". Ballarat-based Robertson, 42, "feared those riders would be squeezed out" & emphasised while they were in demand on days such as New Year's Day, Australia Day, Easter, Melbourne Cup day & Boxing Day, "why would you a keep a job for 4 or 5 days' work? Who have they consulted?"

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