sport

Riding fees to rise

Jockeys' riding fees will rise by 2.8% on January 1 following an agreement with the Racehorse Owners Association.

The fee on the Flat will be 115.52 (from 112.37 in 2012) and 157.72 (from 153.42) over jumps.

"We are glad to have come to a fair and reasonable agreement with the PJA that riding fees will increase by 2.8% in 2013," said ROA chief executive Richard Wayman.

"The ROA Council recognised the difficult financial situation faced by many jockeys, particularly given the continuing high motoring and fuel costs which make up a significant proportion of their expenses."

Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers said: "We are pleased to have worked with the ROA and agreed a riding fee increase that is slightly above general wage inflation."