Lai­d­ley jock­eys ride their luck

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LAI­D­LEY Golf Club’s Matthew Brad­ford was the odd man out in his team at the Holden Scram­ble.

His three am­a­teur team­mates Ron Goltz, Adam Best, Kenji Yoshida are Toowoomba-based jock­eys.

Goltz, a seven-time pre­mier­ship win­ning jockey, and his fel­low rid­ers copped plenty of stick from Brad­ford af­ter the team fin­ished run­ner­sup in the cham­pi­onship.

The quar­tet are mem­bers at City, Toowoomba but qual­i­fied for the fi­nal at Lai­d­ley.

They ad­mit it wasn’t easy read­ing the Twin Wa­ters greens.

We were lucky we had a pro (club pro Ian Es­son) who could read the greens be­cause we had a bit of trou­ble,” Goltz said. “They were talk­ing about the speed into the grain and down grain. I didn’t know what they were talk­ing about.” Brad­ford said he was just as con­fused. “When they were talk­ing about the grain of the greens I thought they were talk­ing about a break­fast ce­real,” he joked.

“But you know what the worst thing was? The jock­eys kept wak­ing up at 2.30 in the morn­ing be­cause they thought they had to go and ride track work.

“So they’d wake you up at 2.30 ev­ery morn­ing and wan­der around the room. If you got to 4am it was a sleep in.”

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