Ip­swich premier­ship leader hopes to re­tire a win­ner

The Queensland Times - - Sport - David Lems

RAC­ING: One of Queens­land’s most suc­cess­ful jock­eys may re­tire with­out win­ning an Ip­swich Cup.

How­ever, reg­u­lar Ip­swich visi­tor Jeff Lloyd hopes to chal­lenge for his first Eye Liner Stakes suc­cess on to­mor­row’s an­nual Ip­swich Cup pro­gram.

Lloyd, 56, has up to seven rides on of­fer for Ip­swich’s nine-race card, in­clud­ing Ty­zone in the $176,500 City of Ip­swich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).

While he hasn’t re­ceived a ride in the $180,000 Chan­nel 7 Ip­swich Cup, Lloyd hopes fouryear-old geld­ing Ty­zone can de­liver at Bun­damba.

“Ty­zone’s in a very strong race,’’ Lloyd said.

“He’s rac­ing very well . . . but this is the strong­est (field) he’s go­ing against.’’

Lloyd is lead­ing the Ip­swich Jockey Premier­ship with 32 win­ners this sea­son.

He’s also on top of the 2017/ 18 Queens­land Jockey Premier­ship with 101 win­ning rides from 423 starts.

That is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­sons he’s passed 100 metropoli­tan win­ners.

How­ever, Lloyd could re­tire from full-time rid­ing at any stage. “I’m just con­sid­er­ing the op­tions,’’ the English-born, South African-bred hoop said.

“This will def­i­nitely be my last full sea­son. I don’t know where ex­actly I want to stop yet.’’

Lloyd has rid­den at the past few Ip­swich Cup meet­ings with­out shar­ing in the spoils.

As for the lat­est Bris­bane Win­ter Car­ni­val, Lloyd had a quiet Strad­broke Cup meet­ing last week­end af­ter win­ning three races a fort­night ear­lier at Doomben.

“It’s been a good car­ni­val,’’ he said. “The track’s a bit messy at the mo­ment and it’s hard to win on horses that aren’t on the speed.’’

How­ever, he en­joys rac­ing at Ip­swich, where he’s en­joyed con­sis­tent suc­cess.

“They are still com­pet­i­tive,’’ he said of the big races at Bun­damba. “They are hard to win.’’

Lloyd’s other rides to­mor­row in­clude Plucky Girl in the $101,500 Gai Water­house Clas­sic (1350m). “She’s very con­sis­tent,’’ Lloyd said. “She’ll race well again.’’

He has a race two book­ing on Time Lord but the fouryear-old mare trained by Toby Ed­monds is also listed in the Queens­land Times Cup Win­ter Pro­vin­cial Stay­ers Fi­nal.

Lloyd’s other hopes in­clude Per­fect Aim (Bun­damba Plate), Evolo (QT Win­ter Pro­vin­cial Stay­ers Fi­nal) and Envy of All (T.L Cooney 3YO Hand­i­cap).

Con­tem­plat­ing his post-Ip­swich Cup fu­ture, Lloyd wants to make every ride count. “You never know where your next one is go­ing to come,’’ he said.

Photo: Rob Williams

FA­MIL­IAR FACE: Reg­u­lar Ip­swich win­ning jockey Jeff Lloyd un­sad­dles Ban­ner Sea­son af­ter his re­cent win at Bun­damba race­track.

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