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Stewards Examine "Pacemakers" & Jockey Weights
Pacemakers & their role in Australian racing "will be one of the issues canvassed when the national chairmen of stewards' conference begins in Melbourne" reported The Herald-Sun. Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey said pacemakers "had been creeping into our racing in Victoria" & noted he wanted "to gather views from other states", but thought it "unhealthy" for racing. Bailey said other items on the agenda included: jockeys' weight scale; safety items (including new jockey helmets & eye wear); reviewing use of the whip & penalties; power over unlicensed persons; & a national jockeys' licence. Bailey confirmed: "One of the main talking points will be the scale of weights." The Victorian Jockeys' Association "is pushing for weights to rise by 1kg for the start of the 2011-12 season on August 1" & Bailey said the conference would consider "how any change to the weight scale would deal with" what he called the "silent one kilo" jockeys received for wearing the safety vests.