Queensland Jockeys’ Group Head: Victorian Riders Love State’s Perks

QUEENSLAND, Australia – Glen Prentice is the head of the Queensland Jockeys’ Association (QJA). This week, he expressed his firm perspective regarding the unprecedented exodus of jockeys abandoning Victoria for the Sunshine State. Prentice believes the shifting racehorse rider landscape is a signal of the renewed strength of horse racing in Queensland. Plus, he pointed out that the changing jockey landscape is an indicator of how things had emerged from the doldrums a couple of years before.

For horse racing fans in Queensland, the news is that the new group of riders do not view the Sunshine State as a mere stopping off point to something better and bigger. Prentice affirmed that Victorian racehorse riders are choosing Queensland because they love the lifestyle there. Additionally, the QJA chief said that the jockeys love working in Queensland because they enjoy the opportunity to earn more in Australia’s northeastern state. Thus, Prentice remarked that he does not see plenty of the Victorian jockeys moving back down south again.

The QJA boss affirmed that the horse racing industry had turned around, resulting in the mass exodus of Victorian riders from their state going to Queensland. Prentice added that the other factors leading to the jockeys’ transfer to his state are the boosted prize money and the super-competitive riding fees. He also mentioned that their Saturday events are another signal that there are some fantastic opportunities in Queensland for the Victorian horsemen.

Prentice confirmed that they regularly have between seven and ten race meetings in the state during the weekend. He discussed that the Origin jockey series is not happening this year due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. Prentice remarked that it could, however, be very challenging to select a team of Queensland jockeys if the Origin jockey series takes place this year.

According to the report posted online by Australian horse betting news and information website, Racenet, in recent years, there has been a record swarm of jockeys from Victoria calling Queensland their home. This ongoing trend has made it difficult to select a team to represent the Maroons if the Origin jockey series was being staged next month.

In the past few years, Andrew Mallyon is one of the jockeys who relocated to Queensland. He reportedly carries on going from strength to strength. Additionally, Michael Rodd is coming back to ride in the Sunshine State. The latest Victorian rider to make it known to the public that he is transferring to Queensland is Chris Caserta. The 25-year-old jockey relayed that the crowded riders’ room in Victoria was the primary ground why he and his fellow horsemen were searching for a new beginning in Queensland and elsewhere.

The other Victorian riders who have decided to call Queensland their home are Ryan Maloney, Georgie Cartwright, Stephanie Thornton, and Ben Thompson. Meanwhile, Matt Hyland believes the depth and strength of Victoria’s riding ranks are among the primary grounds why jockeys are leaving for Queensland and the other states. The Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief also remarked that the riding congestion due to the COVID-19 crisis is believed to be another reason for the Victorian jockeys’ mass exodus.

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