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    Off the back of today’s announcement ($1M government funding), Harness Racing Victoria’s CEO David Martin confirmed that between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, HRV would waive the registration fee for Victorian-bred foals from a Victorian mare and a Victorian standing stallion. During this same period, HRV will also reduce registration fees for foals from a Victorian mare by an interstate or overseas stallion.

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    Why are drivers restricted to the set drivers fee? Are some drivers who shall remain nameless really worth the same fee as G Lang, N Jack and C Alford? Should they be allowed to put a higher figure for their services? Could also lead to concession drivers getting more experience if they are deemed more value for money. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebreno View Post
    Why are drivers restricted to the set drivers fee? Are some drivers who shall remain nameless really worth the same fee as G Lang, N Jack and C Alford? Should they be allowed to put a higher figure for their services? Could also lead to concession drivers getting more experience if they are deemed more value for money. Just a thought.
    Why do they get a set fee at all?

    In the USA there is no basic fee paid to drivers.

    How do USA harness drivers get paid?

    Answer: Drivers get paid by commission—5 percent based on how much of the purse they win. If the purse is $20,000, the winning horse gets $10,000, and the winning driver gets $500. Purses are paid out at a percentage of 50-25-12-8-5, and drivers get 5 percent of those amounts. If, however, the horse earns no purse (finishes worse than fifth), the driver may get no money for his or her drive, although some jurisdictions do mandate the driver be paid at least $20 or $25. And, of course, the top often get additional compensation from the owner for winning the big races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebreno View Post
    Why are drivers restricted to the set drivers fee? Are some drivers who shall remain nameless really worth the same fee as G Lang, N Jack and C Alford? Should they be allowed to put a higher figure for their services? Could also lead to concession drivers getting more experience if they are deemed more value for money. Just a thought.
    Pretty sure the top shelf put a premium on their services that comes in differing forms, don't get me started on concession drivers Brendan, the longevity of the concession these days is an absolute farce. We have a couple of decent young fellas here that have driven over 100 winners and still get a concession, so as you would expect they are getting first chop at a lot of drives at each meeting while there is another 5 or 6 good young fellas that haven't had the same opportunities lucky to get a drive or two.


    Danno's humble opinion is the whole thing needs a bloody good review under a decent microscope, too many young people being denied opportunities that are going to their brethren that really don't need it in the way it was originally devised.

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    Not really in my range of knowledge but a very good subject Breno, I’m thinking that Driver concessions should be structured along the lines of Apprentice Jockey concessions and after set amount of wins(say between 75 & 100) the concessions should cease, Maybe 75 would be a fair number so the younger brigade gets a fair shake and a bit of encouragement.

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