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Jockey Celebration Day 2021

July 01, 2021

Jockey Celebration Day will again be held nationally this year on Saturday 7th August as race meetings around Australia pause 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 17th anniversary of Jockey Celebration Day and of the National Jockeys trust itself.  Since 2004, the NJT has provided over $4.4 million in assistance to more than 330 jockeys and the families of jockeys that have been lost.

On behalf of the NJT and AJA, ARCC coordinates remembrance ceremonies at every racecourse across Australia which conducts a race meeting on this day.

This year, ceremonies will be held at the following racecourses:

SA:       Murray Bridge, Roxby Downs 
VIC:     Flemington, Moe
WA:     Belmont Park
NSW:   Rosehill, Newcastle, Casino, Dubbo**
QLD:    Doomben, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, Charleville, Thangool**, Richmond, Nanango, Muttaburra
NT:      Darwin
TAS:    Devonport
ACT:    Canberra

Many thanks to the race club staff and to those giving their time to conduct these ceremonies.


**  UPDATE: Unfortunately, Louth was cancelled due to covid-19 and that ceremony has been moved to Dubbo.  The Yeppoon meeting (and ceremony) has been transferred to Thangool.  Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane & Gold Coast ceremonies have been posponed due to covid-19 lockdowns.