Maloney in zone for ride

The Weekend Post - - Racing -

JOR­DAN GERRANS STEPHEN Wil­son in the north and Jeff Lloyd down south.

That is the usual jockey en­gage­ment that has de­liv­ered Ty­zone 11 of his ca­reer 13 ca­reer vic­to­ries.

But, with the soon-to-be-re­tired Lloyd locked in to ride Test The World for Bjorn Baker in the $125,000 Listed Keith Noud Hand­i­cap (1200m) this af­ter­noon at Doomben, Ryan Maloney (pic­tured) will be the pi­lot of the Far North star.

Toby Ed­monds, who now trains Ty­zone af­ter trans­fer­ring from the Roy Chillemi yard in Tolga, ad­mits he would have liked to con­tinue the Lloyd as­so­ci­a­tion with the chest­nut geld­ing, but says Maloney is up to the task.

Ear­lier this year, for­mer Vic­to­rian jockey Maloney moved north for a fresh start in Queens­land as a sta­ble rider for Ed­monds.

“Since com­ing up to work with us, Ryan has been go­ing pretty good,” Ed­monds said.

“Ryan rides for us any­way and he is a good choice.

“He has rid­den Ty­zone in work and he jumped him out last Fri­day.

“He knows the horse pretty well.”

The five-year-old has won three of his four first-up runs over his im­pres­sive ca­reer and pun­ters like his chances to­day fresh.

“He’s cur­rently a $4.40 sec­ond favourite in what is a rea­son­ably open edi­tion of the Keith Noud qual­ity,” a Lad­brokes spokesman said.

“He has eased a lit­tle since mar­kets opened; the main money for a race like this will come on race day.

“He’s won at Doomben be­fore and has an ex­cel­lent record over the dis­tance so he cer­tainly needs to be re­spected, and if you throw in how well he goes fresh, you have to say he is go­ing to be hard to beat.”

Tolga master trainer Chillemi noted ear­lier this month that Ty­zone was “al­ways a lit­tle nar­row horse but he has grown into him­self” and Ed­monds agrees.

“Both his tri­als have been su­per; he has spelled well and come back a bit stronger,” Ed­monds said.

“He is in pretty good or­der and is right to go first-up. “We ex­pect him to run well. “He is still ma­tur­ing, as a late ma­turer, but he looks much stronger to me and we are re­ally happy with him.”

Ty­zone will jump from bar­rier seven and only carry 55.5kgs this af­ter­noon in his first race start since run­ning third at Grafton in July.

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