A simplified deal for apprentice jockeys has been approved by the British Horseracing Authority Board for 2020. The BHA said in a statement the new arrangements are designed to “minimise the risk of creating unequal relationships and improve the financial situation for apprentices.”
The ruling body said the move follows a 2018 audit which suggested a number of apprentices were not having their travel expenses paid. From the beginning of the 2020 Flat turf season, apprentices will receive a greater proportion of prize money and their riding fee, and in return be responsible for paying their own expenses. Previously both prize money and the riding fee had been split more evenly in return for trainers paying a portion of each apprentice’s expenses.
“It is important that financial arrangements between young riders and their employers are clear, simple and fair and allow both parties to focus on training, support and development rather than potentially creating an uneven balance of power,” said BHA Director of Integrity and Regulation Tim Naylor. “It is also entirely right that the increased involvement and support from trainers in the early stages of a jockey’s career is suitably recognised.
“The new agreement will achieve these aims and mean a simpler and clearer deal for apprentices with more control and security over their finances, allowing them to concentrate on their progression and development as riders.”