Qld record achieved in Ipswich
FORMER globetrotting and South African jockey Jeff Lloyd claimed a major milestone in Ipswich.
On a day when officials were scrambling to find the last 11 race card on a bumper Wednesday at Bundamba, Ipswich was in the racing headlines across the country as the host of a Queensland record-breaking day for Lloyd.
Lloyd collected a winning treble. With the third of those wins, he claimed a Queensland record for the most winners in a season for a jockey, with still two months of the season remaining.
Lloyd overtook the mark set by Chris Munce five years ago.
He still has time to set what would appear to be an unreachable target going forward.
Chris Munce trained a winner on Wednesday with Expertea in the second race of the day.
Lloyd moved to second on the Ipswich ladder with 21 season wins behind prolific Premiership winner Jim Byrne, who retains a lead at Ipswich of seven.
Lloyd has based himself on the Gold Coast. On Wednesday, during the huge 11 race card, he completed his treble for Gold Coast trainers aboard Silky Brown for Bryan and Daniel Guy, Eight Below for Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers, and Prontezza for Toby Edmonds.
It is a remarkable story for Lloyd who is now in his late 50’s. He suffered a stroke several years ago and now is possibly riding in the best form of his career.
Now that Lloyd has the Queensland record, there is a close tussle going on with West Australian William Pike to determine the jockey with the most winners across Australia.
BRC in damage control
THE first Eagle Farm Group 1 race of the carnival was held at on Saturday in the Darley Kingsford Smith Cup and most of the talk from the meeting centred around the state of the track.
Unfortunately, the track was rated as a heavy 8 despite eight days with no rain.
The damage done to the track was obvious to see as many horses floundered in the going.
High profile southern based jockeys were quoted widely criticising the state of the track as the fallout from the day of racing at Queensland’s Premier venue continued.
An announcement was then made over the next couple of days that the Queensland Oaks meeting this Saturday has been transferred to Doomben.
This move is unprecedented. However clearly it is the right move given the damage to the track on Saturday, and given that Super Saturday including the Stradbroke Handicap is set down for the following week Saturday, June 10, at Eagle Farm.
Cup Day excitement builds
IPSWICH Cup Day is quickly rolling around and tomorrow’s meeting is the last at Ipswich prior to the big day on June 17.
Infrastructure has commenced rolling in on course at Bundamba as the preparations for the historic and famous race meeting at Ipswich are proceed.
There are two weekends of Group 1 racing in Brisbane over the next fortnight prior to the spotlight switching to Ipswich.
Once more there are expected to be 12,000 presold tickets as the Ipswich Community continues to support the day with the traditional spirit which has survived the ages.
A couple of package areas have already been sold out and the 2017 edition of the social event of Ipswich again is looking massive.
Ipswich racing is on tomorrow prior to a break before the Ipswich Cup on June 17.