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The names Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Winx and Black Caviar are as much a part of Australian folklore and legend as Don Bradman, Ned Kelly and Banjo Patterson.

Immortals of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry, the trio transcended the sport to earn a place in the hearts of millions of Australians, regardless of age, gender or location.

While the thoroughbred undoubtedly is the star of the show, the stories of these four champions were not possible without a huge element of human contribution from those that put on the show.

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Careers In Racing - Clerk Of The Course
Careers In Racing - Clerk Of The Course
Careers in Racing - Barrier Attendants
Careers in Racing - Barrier Attendants
Careers in Racing - Clerk of the Scales
Careers in Racing - Clerk of the Scales
Careers In Racing - Track Manager
Careers In Racing - Track Manager
Careers In Racing - Track Rider
Careers In Racing - Track Rider
Careers In Racing - Equine Dentist
Careers In Racing - Equine Dentist
Careers In Racing - Stud Groom
Careers In Racing - Stud Groom
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Why the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry?

An exciting and strongly supported Sport

Racing constitutes a key aspect of Victoria’s social fabric, both on a metropolitan and regional basis. It is a sport that is a focus in many regional= communities throughout the state. The passion, the fashion, the legends and most importantly, the horses, makes This one of the most diverse and exciting industries to be involved in.

Diverse career options and pathways

With the right training, commitment and experience, there’s a number of varying career paths to follow within the thoroughbred industry. For example, have you thought about a role in the veterinary and medical sector of the industry?

More than just vets, there are numerous varied positions from equine therapists to dentists. Breeding operations are another arm of the industry which require numerous skilled individuals for roles such as stud hands and handlers, stallion handlers and bloodstock agents.

Alternatively, a sports administration role in management, marketing or finance might be for you. Whatever your passion and training is, there are many avenues which can be explored.

Passionate people

There are more than 109,472 participants who actively participate in thoroughbred racing in Victoria. Each has a passion for horses and many have spent a lifetime caring for them. Racing could not function without the dedicated work of these people across a range of vocations – from the tireless work of stewards, who control all aspects of the sport, to the numerous track maintenance staff who prepare the hallowed turf which hosts the sport of racing.

A major player in the global sports and entertainment market

The Victorian thoroughbred racing industry is a major player in the global sports, entertainment and wagering market. Working in the industry provides an opportunity to be a part of a diverse, exciting and fast-paced environment.

A flexible and rewarding Environment

Whether it is working hands on with horses as a Trackwork Rider or being responsible for determining the official race placings as a judge, there is something for everyone in the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry. There are many roles within the industry which offer work outside of normal business hours as well as the opportunity to take on full-time, part-time and casual positions.

Ongoing learning and development Opportunities

The Victorian thoroughbred racing industry is proud to be one of Victoria’s largest industry employers and the Victorian industry body, Racing Victoria, is committed to providing an environment where people can continue to develop and pursue new opportunities.

A love of the thoroughbred

If you’re passionate about horses, then a role within the thoroughbred industry could be for you. Whether it’s nestled away from the bustle of city life working with a breeding operation, working in a city stable or in an office administration role, there are numerous roles that allow you to pursue this passion.

Want to know more?

Love the excitement, colour and pace the racing industry has to offer? Want to know more? Visit https://www.racingvictoria.com.au/careers or email careers@racingvictoria.net.au

Why work in the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry?

One of Victoria’s largest industry Employers

The Victorian thoroughbred racing industry offers a range of exciting career opportunities in an industry that’s a major player in the global sports, entertainment and wagering markets.  In Victoria, there are over 109,472 participants, (volunteers and direct employees) supported by the thoroughbred racing industry. Of these, 25,157 are employed in a full-time capacity. The TRI contributes 3.2 billion in real gross value added to the Victorian economy. In Victoria there are 67 racetracks used for thoroughbred racing and 4431 thoroughbred races are held across Victoria each year.

Racing provides a broad range of career pathways for job seekers, both on and off the track, in a range of fields. Whether your passion is being hands on with horses and working outdoors every day or being at the forefront of administration of a progressive sporting code, there are exciting opportunities waiting for you in racing.

The nature of thoroughbred horse racing makes it one of the most diverse and exciting industries to be involved in. Racing provides a broad range of career options for job seekers. Whether your interests lie in being involved hands on with horses, working outdoors, pursuing an international career or getting involved in the administration of racing; with the right training, commitment and experience, there’s many varying career paths to follow.

Racing Victoria, as the Principal Racing Authority governing thoroughbred racing in Victoria, aims to build an inclusive, high performance culture that is accountable, rewards performance, provides clear career pathways and delivers leadership across the industry. Our vision is “Racing For All”. We want more people, more often engaging and enjoying our sport.

Racing Victoria is committed to strengthening and further developing racing’s workforce by:

  • Providing and advocating for comprehensive training, development and leadership programs;
  • Improving long-term career opportunities through job sharing, cultural diversification and by creating opportunities for broader female participation; and
  • Delivering a leading-edge Apprentice Jockey Training Program.

Career Paths

Racing

  • Thoroughbred Trainer
  • Assistant Trainer
  • Foreperson
  • Pre-trainer
  • Horse Breaker
  • Barrier Attendant
  • Stablehand
  • Trackwork Rider
  • Jockey
  • Track Supervisor
  • Track Maintenance
  • Equine Welfare
  • Racecourse Manager

Breeding

  • Stud Hand
  • Stud Groom
  • Stallion Handler
  • Stud Manager
  • Bloodstock Manager

Veterinary/Remedial

  • Race day Veterinarian
  • Equine Nurse
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine Acupuncture
  • Farrier

Administration

  • Steward
  • Racing Administrator
  • Licensing/Registration clerk
  • Jockey Manager
  • Race Programmer
  • Handicapper

Race Day

  • Photo finish operator
  • Barrier Attendant
  • Judge
  • Race Caller
  • Starter
  • Clerk of Scales
  • Clerk of Course

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