Lloyd closes premiership gap
FORMER South African and globetrotting jockey Jeff Lloyd collected his eighth win of the season aboard Hi Lizzy at Ipswich last Wednesday.
Lloyd is the reigning Queensland Premier Jockey although he is one win behind fellow former South African Robbie Fradd on the Ipswich list.
Hi Lizzy was sent out a $1.40 favourite in the fillies and mares maiden and duly saluted despite giving favourite backers a couple of moments of heart flutters in the straight.
Hi Lizzy gave trainer Tony Gollan the first of a winning double at Ipswich as he later moved to nine season wins with Luna Fiore in the final race of the day.
Luna Fiore was ridden by apprentice Zoe White who is still claiming 3 kilograms.
Matty warms up with Ipswich double
Young jockey Matt McGillivray continued his terrific recent form with a winning double at Ipswich on Wednesday.
The two wins were aboard Boom Boom Epic for Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds and Sailor Gerri for Brisbane trainer Liam Birchley.
This double moved McGillivray to six season winners level with Luke Dittman in equal fourth on the premiership ladder.
These two in form jockeys then had great success on Saturday at Doomben – especially McGillivray who had a wow of a day.
Whilst Dittman collected a winning double, McGillivray picked up four wins aboard Zofonic Dancer, No Annamossity, Endless Days, and Time To Torque.
These four wins on Saturday gave McGillivray his best return of six metropolitan wins in a week and the standard jockey’s fees and cut of prizemoney gave the accomplished young rider a pay week of towards a five figure sum.
Gold Coast jockey Paul Hammersley also collected a winning double at Ipswich with Slydini for Bryan and Daniel Guy, and Gun Bolt for Bruce Hill.
Three on the trot for Break Time
The Toowoomba based Ben Currie stable has been in great form lately with some exceptional results including at Ipswich.
On Wednesday there was a great example of this Currie success of late as Break Time made it three on end at Ipswich.
Break Time was recently acquired by a large ownership contingent and transferred from Victoria where he had previously raced for one win from ten starts.
Life is obviously fine in the Sunshine State as Break Time has won three from three at Ipswich in the past month at his only three starts for the Currie stable.
The large ownership contingent has been at each of his wins with many of them being first time owners and having a time believing their run of fortune.
Big three weeks of Spring Carnival
After Redzel collected the inaugural Everest at Randwick, and $100 outsider Mighty Boss saluted in the Caulfield Guineas among four Group 1 weekend races, it was tough punting last week. However there is always another chance and the Caulfield Cup this Saturday commences the big three weeks of Australian racing.
Bonneval retains favouritism for the Caulfield Cup despite drifting in the market after struggling at Caulfield from the wide draw last week. Winx steps out for consecutive win number 22 and a third Cox Plate next week prior to the Flemington Carnival featuring Derby Day and the Melbourne Cup.