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Offline Arsenal

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O.P. « 2019-Apr-15, 09:57 AM »
Cup champ sued over race fall
CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss is being sued over a race fall that has been blamed for ending the career of a fellow jockey.

Kane Bradley has launched legal proceedings over the 2013 fall, claiming he has suffered flashbacks, depression, anxiety and chronic pain since the incident.

In a statement of claim filed with the court, Boss is accused of failing to keep clear of Bradley’s horse and of failing to comply with the rules of racing.

Boss was suspended from riding for almost a month after he pleaded guilty to careless riding following the fall.

He admitted it was an outward shift from him aboard Gold Heist that led to Bradley’s mount being tightened between another runner, knuckling and then sending Bradley to the turf.

Bradley, 38, claims he has been unable to resume race riding because of a list of more than 30 injuries he has suffered since the fall. He can now only manage part-time work and earns just $130 a week.

Boss, a three time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey who won consecutive Cups on Makybe Diva, took full responsibility for the fall at the time.

“It’s not a good incident and I feel bad about it,” Boss said.


According to a media report of the accident 2013  Bradley will undergo surgery after he lost teeth and sustained lacerations when he fell from Rock It Ruby at the 300-metre mark of the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1200m).

If that's the extent of his injuries it's very doubtful that his case will result any where near the six figures awarded to Gary Doughty who suffered significant injuries in a fall at Ipswich in 2000  which ended his riding career or the later award of close to 1M in the 2004 case Appo v Stanley & Simmons in Mackay......not discounting the seriously dangerous occupation jockeys are engaged in great grandfather Billy English died after a race fall at Canterbury in October 1896 almost 3 years after he rode Arsenal to victory in the 1886 Melbourne Cup when only 19yo.....I don't think his wife and family received any compensation way back then.

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Offline Peter Mair

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« 2019-Apr-15, 06:36 PM Reply #1 »

Proper protection nationally for injured jockeys

The risks are great but the incidence of serious injury seems to be lower than might be expected.

There is something un-Australian about risk taking employees being, more or less, abandoned when disabled.

Our defence force employees commonly illustrate how people are being put through a wringer before getting injuries accepted and compensated.

With so much money in 'racing', and so much of it being 'wasted' on subsidies to racing that is not viable, it is well beyond time that the industry has a compensation scheme for injury and death.

Jockeys guilty of causing interference is a very different matter to saying a jockey deliberately rode to win at all costs.

There should be a national compensation scheme funded in part by 'the industry' and part by 'jockeys' individually -- with the latter paying higher premiums in line with their riding-record.

Administrators also have a responsibility to set the rules to reduce risk -- racing in Europe and Hong Kong is generally safer to the eye, because the riding is not so tight, tracks are generally not tight, and fields are smaller.

The needed evidence is about the different incidence of jockey-injuries in different jurisdictions -- and then making a case for reforms.

Policy in this area seems to fit the model of administrators chasing the funding buck at all costs and them wasting the funds given.


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« 2019-Apr-15, 07:11 PM Reply #2 »
Ask Darren Beadman, Shane Dye and Tye Angland how "safe" Hong Kong racing is

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« 2019-Apr-15, 09:34 PM Reply #3 »

There are accidents everywhere -- the higher the prize-money the more accidents.

The evidence we need is about the incidence of accidents in metropolitan racing -- with an adjustment for risk induced by high prize-money.

Administrators properly advised would know the answers -- but he odds are that they would chase the money.