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Ride Guide rides again

BY Bruce Clark - @snowyclark
1 year ago Horse Racing

Ride Guide returns this Saturday on Melbourne racing

The once controversial jockey's Ride Guide initiative has been re-birthed by Racing Victoria.

The Chris Symons led concept remains the same - jockeys provide video "insight' into their rides - but heavy consultations have led to integrity concerns being eliminated and other changes in the make-up of the presentation and distribution, as well as economic benefits.

A three month trial of "Ride Guide' will commence on Melbourne metropolitan racing from this Saturday.

The original Ride Guide was run through media company Unscriptd distributed exclusively through the corporate bookmaker Ladbroke's platform with jockey's receiving payments for being involved.

The revamped version will still have Ride Guide via Ladbrokes but it is now non-exclusive with content available for use at as well as a purpose built website

One interesting concession is that the content will be available to other wagering service providers ("bookmakers") - not for broadcast but "to assist in framing markets."

Ride Guide was pulled from debuting at the last minute when originally scheduled last July in a storm of protest from owners, trainers and the RV Integrity department.

"I think we just caught everyone off guard," Symons told

"The concept is the same, jockey's will not be allowed to tip but provide information on their rides just as...


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