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No excuses for lack of women jockeys in racing: Kate Jenkins

There is no excuse for the lack of women jockeys in the horse racing industry, according to the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner. 

There are calls for the industry to review sexism within the sport after jockey Michelle Payne’s comments in the wake of her historic Melbourne Cup win. 

Kate Jenkins, who is soon to take over as director of the Carlton Football Club, said there were obvious challenges for women in the horse racing industry, and in sport more broadly. 

‘Women have been able to have their jockey license since 1979 and only four women have ridden in the cup since then,’ she told Tom Elliott. 

‘Women make complete sense as jockeys.’

‘We would have been just as happy if the jockeys were half men and half women.’

Ms Jenkins disagreed with Tom’s view that spectators preferred to watch men’s sport.

LISTEN: Kate Jenkins joins Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive