Regan rides Ipswich legacy to the top
THE most talked about jockey around Australia over the weekend was Ipswich born and raised Regan Bayliss from the city’s Bayliss clan.
Regan Bayliss was aboard Redkirk Warrior for the Hayes and Dabernig stable on Saturday in Australia’s greatest sprint race – the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.
As reported in yesterday’s QT and online, Regan only ever saw himself as a jockey, from a very young age. It was hard not to go down that line as his dad Jamie has for decades ridden and trained successfully with his biggest win aboard Dixie Kid in the 1989 Ipswich Cup.
On that day, Jamie was led back to scale by his sister Sharon while Jamie’s father and chief clerk of the course Bob Bayliss watched on.
Another interested onlooker that day was Regan’s great grandfather Colin, who was presented with an ITC Life Membership a couple of years later.
Col, who passed away a decade ago, has a memorial race held in his honour at Ipswich. The 10th running of that race was won by Hell of a Time a few weeks ago at Bundamba.
However, it was all about Regan on Saturday in the 155th running of the nation’s greatest sprint down the Flemington straight.
As a youngster, all Regan wanted to know about was racing and riding.
Whether practising on a saddle, or riding the pony around his parent’s property at Stafford Street on weekends or after school, Regan was interested in little else.
Regan was quick to get to the Ipswich races after school when growing up and was often seen standing at the grandstand steps closely studying the horses in the parade enclosure.
When Jamie took Regan and brother Jake to Melbourne six years ago, 13- year-old Regan’s first school project was entitled “Horses to Watch This Spring Carnival”.
Jake was the first to start his riding apprenticeship with trainer Mick Kent and enjoyed success at the trade. Regan was then apprenticed by top trainer Peter Moody, working as a stable hand at the time of the champion mare Black Caviar’s exploits.
From the start of his riding career, Regan has shown great promise.
Now aged 19, he is a Group 1 winning senior rider having outridden his claim.
Regan has the racing world at his feet.
The win by the imported Redkirk Warrior continues a great run for the Hayes stable, which is in its third generation with Ben Hayes, son of co-trainer David Hayes and brother in law Tom Dabernig.
The founder of the Hayes dynasty was David’s father Colin who was a pioneer of racing in Australia.
Colin, who passed away in 1999, left school to become a boilermaker. However, he planned from the outset to develop a major racing operation.
Colin’s training endeavours grew from a one-horse stable in the 1950s to setting up the magnificent breeding and racing operation of Lindsay Park in 1970. He was then the first to begin importing horses to Australia.
Colin won Melbourne Cups with imports Beldale Ball (1980) and At Talaq (1986). He was famed for claiming that “the future belongs to those who plan for it”.
This statement may have well been heard by a young Regan Bayliss who has combined a single-minded focus and vision with a decent slice of inherited strong work ethic from his dad, granddad, great granddad and the entire Bayliss family. This ethic has impressed the Hayes stable where Regan rides trackwork six days a week.
Despite Regan being near speechless immediately after the win on Redkirk Warrior, it was terrific to see him handle himself so well in panel interviews on Sunday. That added another string to the bow of a talent that continues to grow.
Now that Regan has commenced his Group 1 winning ways, it may be off to Sydney for the Doncaster Handicap with Redkirk Warrior and the Australian Oaks with Harlow Gold.
All in Ipswich wish him the best for what will hopefully be a long and rewarding career in the saddle.
JEFF Lloyd rode a winning double at Ipswich on Friday aboard Stephen Lee’s Call Us Primi, and Louise White’s La Boadicea to move to 17 season wins.
He’s level with fellow South African Robbie Fradd and 10 behind leader Jim Byrne.
Lloyd continues to build his tally after reaching 100 season winners.
Ipswich has a week off racing before returning on Thursday next week prior to a meeting on Friday, March 31 at Bundamba.