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Racing NSW Ban Dual Jockey/Trainer Licences
Michelle Payne will not be able to ride horses in NSW as long as she holds a trainers licence following Racing NSWs decision to stand by its current policy regarding dual jockey/trainer licences. After receiving strong recommendation from its stewards on integrity issues associated with dual licences, the board of Racing NSW decided to maintain its policy, namely that dual licenses are not issued in NSW and that where a person is licensed as a jockey and trainer in another jurisdiction, that person is permitted to start horses in NSW as a Trainer but not be licensed as a Jockey. Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V'landys said: "This decision is no reflection upon Michelle Payne, for whom we have the utmost admiration and respect. However, we have to look beyond the individual when we believe that there are concerns related to integrity and perception of our industry." Mr V'landys added: "The confidence of punters in the integrity of thoroughbred racing is paramount. In maintaining the confidence of punters, it is critical that punters not only believe that our integrity is of the highest order but also that the perception of our industry be the same." Michelle Payne reacted to the decision by tweeting: "I would love to know the integrity problems @racing_nsw thinks they might face with the licence to train and the seperate (sic) licence to ride?"