I must admit I have been critical of Michelle Payne in regards to some of her actions after winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. I feel it was more of a case of "putting the mouth into gear before engaging the brain" but then again I too have been guilty of that.
I ask, are we still living in the "dark ages" with some of the Racing rules that we have too endue?
Michelle Payne now has a dual Jockey/Trainers licence that was granted to her by Racing Victoria.
Michelle is not the only one and there will be more to come but what is all the fuss about.
Very simple rules will prevent any thought of some form of skulduggery going on.
1. Only 1 horse from a Jockey/Trainer can be nominated for a race if the Jockey/Trainer is also planning to ride in the race.
2. More than 1 horse can be nominated in a race if the Jockey/Trainer is not riding any of those nominated horses.
3. A Jockey/Trainer can not take a ride in a race for another Trainer if they have 1 of their horses in that race.
4. A Jockey/Trainer is free to take rides for other stables if they do not have 1 of their own trained horses in that race.
From a legal stance why wouldn't the current NSW ban on Michelle Payne be seen as restriction of trade?
Come on Racing QLD show some guts and allow Michelle Payne to ride in QLD under the above 4 rules.
By doing so maybe the "Elite NSW crew" may follow your lead and move into the 21st century.