The raceday falls on Caulfield Cup Day and expects over 7,000 patrons through the gates to watch racehorses from some of the state’s top stables compete on a 7-event race card.
On the day, racegoers will be able to buy an Attwood Marshall Lawyers sponsored ribbon for $10 to raise funds for financial grants which support jockeys who can’t race due to illness or injury.
Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett said the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Caulfield Cup Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club takes advantage of the iconic race in Melbourne on the Spring Racing calendar.
“Jockeys are at the heart of the racing industry, so it is a privilege to be able to give back to them at this special event,” Mr Garrett said.
“They put their lives at risk in every race and at trackwork each morning.
“Many jockeys suffer serious injuries and some lose their lives doing what they love.
“The jockeys and their families don’t always have a right to proper compensation, so the National Jockeys Trust are a God-send for these people.”
National Jockey’s Trust CEO Paul Innes OAM said donations to the Trust are distributed directly to registered jockeys, who can apply for a financial grant in their time of need.
“Any jockey who has suffered a fall on the racetrack or in training can apply for a financial grant from the Trust to go directly to purchases such as wheelchairs and home aids,” Mr Innes said.
“The demand in the Trust is surging, with five Qld jockey applicants since January, so we are grateful to have the support of the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday to help.”
Attwood Marshall Lawyers is one of the Gold Coast’s largest and longest-serving firms, with a legal arm dedicated to Thoroughbred Racing Law.
Gold Coast Turf Club chief executive Steve Lines said Attwood Marshall Lawyers sponsorship of the Cup has been secured to 2021.
“Attwood Marshall Lawyers have had a long affiliation with the Gold Coast Turf Club, the Silk Stocking and previously the Hollandale Cup, so it is great to have the firm onboard to 2021 for the Caulfield Cup,” Mr Lines said.
“Punters at the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday can expect an extraordinary day of racing, beautiful Spring weather, our improved grounds, all while supporting a great cause.”
National Jockeys Trust facts:
Since 2004, the NJT has provided more than $4 million in assistance to more than 290 jockeys and the families of jockeys who have been lost.
- Sadly, 890 Australian jockeys have been killed in race falls since 1847
- More than 200 riders are injured each year on Australian racetracks
- 500 race falls annually
- 89% of jockeys will have a fall that requires medical assistance during their career
- 9% of jockeys have fallen more than 20 times during their careers
- Each year, 40% of jockeys will have a fall that will prevent them from riding for 5 weeks or more