Calcutta: Jockeys Association of India (JAI) has decided to defer it’s plan to strike from Friday. Instead it will finalise the course of action, on July 16, according to a well placed source in Bangalore.
The JAI, which has been demanding a steep hike in the riding fee, had planned to stop workouts of horses throughout the country, from Friday. However, jockeys softened their stand, following a meeting, in Bangalore, on Thursday, with the Karnataka Racehorse Owners Association (KROA) — which has been authorised to conduct negotiations on behalf of the Owners Association of India. Jockeys have been demanding a hike, from the present Rs 1,250 per ride.
“The KROA was sympathetic towards our stand and requested us to let the Bangalore Derby weekend races run smoothly, said K. Sasidharan, secretary JAI. The Derby is scheduled to be held on July 15.