From Sky Sports
The inaugural staging of National Jockey Day at Haydock over the weekend has been declared a resounding success, with £10,000 being raised for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
In addition to the Merseyside track, the initiative was also supported by betting exchange Betfair and was intended to raise awareness and recognise the relentless and dangerous work jockeys do.
The average flat jockey rides in 220 races per year, while the average jump jockey has 162 mounts.
Despite the long days at work, high skill levels and danger, the average wage for a jockey is #30,680 per year. Flat jockey race fees are set at £118.29 per ride, jump jockeys slightly more at £161.51.
Betfair spokesperson Naomi Totten said: “To be able to give £10,000 to the Injured Jockeys Fund after the first ever National Jockey day is fantastic. We hope the day will grow and become a recognised annual celebration of jockeys and the sport of horseracing. We would like to personally thank the racing community and fans, and also all our partners for their support in making National Jockey Day happen.”
Betfair donated £1 for every use of the #NationalJockeyDay hashtag on social media and racing fans were also encouraged to use a text mechanic allowing them to also donate £5 to the IJF.
The firm also added a ‘Price Rush’ to the fees of all jockeys who rode on the card, giving an additional “100 on top of standard race fees.