Martin Talty Appointed Australian Jockeys Association Chief Executive


The Australian Jockeys Association has announced former Dubai Racing Club International Racing Manager and Victoria Racing Club Executive General Manager of Racing, Martin Talty, as its incoming Chief Executive Officer.

In announcing the appointment, AJA Chairman Des O’Keeffe said Talty brought an outstanding level of experience to the position. He added Talty will formally commence in the role at the end of this month.

“Martin Talty’s application stood out amongst the eighty received. The Board was unanimous that a stellar thirty-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.

“I am particularly proud to be given this opportunity of Chief Executive of the Australian Jockeys Association. It is a new chapter in my career and one that I am greatly looking forward to,” Talty said “Since its beginning in 2001 the AJA has become a significant stakeholder in the Australian Racing industry and I look forward to carrying on the good work that has been done to have brought it to that level.”

“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.”


Des O’Keeffe, Chairman, Australian Jockeys Association. M: 0412 554 155

Martin Talty, (incoming) CEO, Australian Jockeys Association. M: 0409 101 012