Gai Waterhouse and Katie Web page have released a $ five hundred,000 incentive aimed at attracting females to racehorse ownership.
Page, the controlling director of Harvey Norman and a co-owner of the Magic Hundreds of thousands income firm with her husband Gerry Harvey, and trainer Waterhouse addressed a morning tea on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
The initiative is also aimed at driving curiosity about employment possibilities and raising awareness about women’s involvement in the racing market.
Web page explained she thought much more ladies necessary to be involved.
“Ladies nevertheless bring in 17 per cent much less than guys in Australia for the identical work,” Page explained.
“We have a prolonged way to go and I hope the 50 %-million helps.
“I promise you that participation of females in racing will be different from nowadays. This is an fascinating activity and it should be fifty per cent women and fifty for each cent men.
“Nothing underneath that is appropriate.”
The Magic Hundreds of thousands Racing Ladies scheme was declared in November by Page and Harvey who was his normal irreverent self.
“When Katie very first told me about the fifty percent-million prize pool, I informed her it was like plundering the shop room and giving it to a bunch of skirts, but I know it will mean genuine development for the sector in the conclude,” he mentioned.
Waterhouse, 7 instances Sydney’s premier trainer and the winner of a lot more than one hundred Group One races, supports the result in.
“This notion has opened the door for all girls and your close friends to get concerned with myself and the other individuals, but make confident you have a woman trainer remember to!,” she said.
The 2013 Magic Millions 2YO Common will have an incentive incentive of $ 500,000 to be dispersed between the top 4 all-female owned or leased horses, in finishing buy.
The race is open up to graduates of Magic Hundreds of thousands product sales which begin on the Gold Coast this week.
The flagship raceday is on Saturday with the two-year-previous race carrying prizemoney of $ 2 million.
Harvey split with his Magic Millions partners John Singleton and Rob Ferguson previous 12 months and the firm is now wholly owned by the Harvey loved ones.
Previous Sydney trainer Helen Web page who now prepares her horses at the Gold Coastline, said the incentive was timely.
“Some thing that Queensland really demands is this boost from Gerry and Katie with the added income and the added incentive simply because Queensland is a small stagnant at the second,” she stated.
“We want a raise right now.”