"As far as we are aware, the JAGB
members don't have a specific concern as regards the safety of the new arrangements," said public relations manager Paul Struthers.
Instead of having an unwieldy JAGB
council of 20, PJA members have agreed to introduce a board that will include six jockeys - Steve Drowne, who has replaced retired Kevin Darley as a joint-president, Dale Gibson and Martin Dwyer from the Flat; incumbent joint-president Tony McCoy, Graham Lee and Andrew Thornton from jump racing.
McCoy, joint-president of the JAGB
, said it would be a difficult job finding someone to take over from Caulfield.
executive manager Michael Caulfield described his organisation as 'saddened and disappointed' by the rules, saying they were 'misconceived and unlawful', while the NTF promised 'strong opposition' to the changes.
Taking a leaf from the successful rebranding of English cricket, the JAGB
, which is to be rebranded as the Professional Jockeys' Association from February 1, has hired consultants used by the Professional Cricketers' Association to find the jockeys a group sponsor from outside the sport.
has acted, but it has opted for damage limitation rather than fight its corner in racing's corridors of power.
had planned to make the announcement at its annual general meeting at Doncaster next Wednesday, but sent a text message to its members yesterday morning when a report appeared in the Racing Post.
It is not known when the JAGB
plans to make the announcement, but the successful candidate is planning to inform his current employers today.
Michael Caulfield, Jockeys Association chief executive, said: "I am delighted Tony has agreed to be joint-president of the JAGB
. I feel he will carry on the good work of his predecessor."
Why, though, you may ask, with a company to run, horses to watch, a single-figure golf handicap to resurrect and three teenage kids, does he need the extra aggro of the ROA and the HG, and by extension the NTF, TBA, JAGB
, REL and SLA?
Ann Saunders, company secretary for the JAGB
, said: "The volume of racing has increased significantly during the last five years and we welcome the HRA's decision to raise the 'totting-up' threshold now, rather than waiting until the end of the season."
The decision to delay amending the jockeys' sponsorship code of conduct was made owing to Horseracing Regulatory Authority concerns that, in Blake's absence, there is now nobody senior enough at the JAGB
with whom they would be prepared to work on such a sensitive issue.