THE RACING POST FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY OCTOBER 10th - SUNDAY OCTOBER 16th 2011
TODAY'S RACECARDS Cheltenham, Haydock, Redcar,Wolverhampon, Dundalk and Caulfield.
RPJUMPING TEAMS - STABLE TOURS 2011
INTRODUCING THE JUMPING TEAMS OF PHILIP HOBBS, FERDY MURPHY, TIM VAUGHAN and NOEL MEADE.
“The first of six unmissable Monday pullouts that will arm you with valuable information for the coming months.
THE RACING POST - BE IN THE KNOW
GRAHAM GREEN Stable Staff and trainers reach pay deal ....
"THE National Trainers' Federation and National Association of Stable Staff have reached an agreement on this year's pay increases for stable staff, although a strong hint was dropped yesterday that a line had been drawn in the sand and future deals could prove more difficult to secure.
"NASS chiefs Jim Cornelius and George McGrath remain determined to see their membership rewarded for their efforts at racing's coalface although constrained from pressing for a more substantial settlement in the latest round of negotiations because of the sport's financial problems and the plight of
's economy. Britain
"However, when the gloom lifts, it is hoped to mobilise forces to demand that the wages of stable staff "more closely match the equivalent national average earnings".
"Under the new deal it has been agreed that the Grade A minimum rate and Grade D minimum rate for employees with an NVQ2 will increase by 2.5 per cent from December 1.
"From October 1, other minimum rates included in the NTF/NASS memorandum of understanding were increased to reflect increases in the government's national minimum wage. McGrath bloodhorse literate achiever in his own right and Cornelius bloodhorse illiterate admitted: "NAAS could not ignore the economic climate during which the pay negotiations have taken place.
" But looking to the future .... we have given notice to the NTF that we will be looking for more in better financial circumstances, and that we intend to campaign for the earnings of stable staff to more closely match the equivalent national average earnings by the conclusion of pay negotiations in 2013."
"NTF chief executive Rupert Arnold said that while he understood stable staff were facing ever-increasing household bills, trainers could not afford to put any more in the wage packets."
" Unfortunately, due to the critical state of the racing industry and wider economy, trainers are unable to demand higher fees to cover increases in operating costs."
J MARGARET CLARKE TURFCALL
The same pattern shows up yet again here with government and horseracing regulation forcing the poor to pay for the errors of the rich bankers and the like, to make and take huge revenue each and every year by running horseracing on the cheap for only their own financial gain.
The headlines in this morning's Racing Post
JAMES PUGH REPORTS "HUGHES: I QUIT."
"CHAOS AS WHIP STORM REACHES BOILING POINT
"FURIOUS JOCKEY VOWS NOT TO RIDE AGAIN UNTIL RULES RETHINK AFTER SECOND BAN IN FOUR DAYS.
J MARGARET CLARKE TURFCALL
BLOODHORSE ILLITERATE GOVERNMENTS AND BRITISH HORSERACING REGULATORS DECREE:
LICENSED TRAINERS ordered by above to employ supermarket shelf stackers to come in part time, to be paid a minimum wage for the purpose of handling and riding out thoroughbred racehorses placed in training by owners. A highly dangerous order, an order that places trainers and their teams into a HAZARD ZONE OF DEATH AND DISTRUCTION to say nothing about the wellbeing of the horses. Apparently the horses can be treated any old way, who cares about them? An environment such as this left unattended over decades manifests itself in many other lethal ways.
One of which being that professionally licensed jockeys are being placed in far greater danger every day than should be the case, if these horses were properly prepared in the first place there would be no need to use a whip much at all, as should be the case.
JAMES PUGH FOR RACING POST
"RICHARD HUGHES caused a sensation at
last night when he announced he would be relinquishing his license with immediate effect after picking up a ten-day riding ban which rules him out of the Breeders' Cup and the plum ride on STRONG SUIT. Kempton Park