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Jockey Celebration Day 2020

August 10, 2020

Despite some social distancing restrictions due to Covid-19, Jockey Celebration Day was again held nationally this year as race meetings around Australia paused to observe a minute silence in honour of jockeys who have died in races and to pray for safety as the new season begins.

Jockey Celebration Day, held on the first Saturday in August each year is an initiative of the National Jockeys Trust & the Australian Jockeys Association to:

  • Recognise the contribution that both former and current jockeys have made to the thoroughbred racing industry; and
  • Commemorate those jockeys who have lost their lives in riding accidents.
  • Raise awareness and support of the National Jockeys Trust

Over 880 jockeys have lost their lives in race falls in Australia and many more have suffered serious injury.  As we begin a new season, it is appropriate that we pray for safety and remember the fallen.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of Jockey Celebration Day and of the National Jockeys trust itself.  Since 2004, the NJT has provided over $4.3 million in assistance to more than 430 jockeys and the families of jockeys that have been lost.

ARCC coordinates remembrance ceremonies at every racecourse across Australia which conducts a race meeting on this day.