Former Victoria Racing Club executive general manager of racing Martin Talty will take up a new role as the chief executive of the Australian Jockeys' Association (AJA) from the start of April.
In announcing the appointment, AJA chairman Des O’Keeffe said Talty, who was also the former Dubai Racing Club International Racing Manager, will bring a range of skills into the role.
"Martin Talty’s application stood out amongst the 80 received," O’Keeffe said.
"The board was unanimous that a stellar 30-year career in world racing, including executive roles with the Emirates Racing Authority, the Dubai Racing Club, and most recently with the Victoria Racing Club, identified Martin as the perfect fit for this important role.
"The bonus for us is Martin also brings high level experience and skill in media, communication, negotiation and administration.
"The AJA’s charter is to address matters of national importance for Australia’s jockeys. The AJA presents a united voice for Australia’s jockeys in areas of safety, welfare, working conditions and remuneration.
"Also, the AJA provides all levels of support to our state and territory Jockey Association’s regarding state specific issues, whenever assistance and support is requested.
"The AJA board believes every jockey throughout Australia will benefit as a result of Martin’s appointment. We welcome him to our team and look forward to the contribution he will make."
Talty said he was excited to be appointed to the position and that he was committed to making a positive contribution to the Australian riding group.
"There are issues within the industry that are forthcoming that will have a direct impact on Australia’s jockeys but with the co-operation of Racing Australia and each state’s regulatory bodies I am confident that successful outcomes can be achieved to the benefit of all within the industry," Talty said.