Edmonds Stable takes five, while Lloyd captures seven

Dec 01, 2016

Veteran jockey Jeff Lloyd is rewriting Queensland racing history as he sets a record pace this season.

Having overcome a life-threatening stroke only a few short years ago, 55-year-old Lloyd is on target to better Chris Munce’s mark of 103 metropolitan victories set in 2011-12 after bagging seven winners at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.

To the same stage of the season, the pair had ridden an identical number of overall winners (68), but Lloyd is slightly ahead in terms of city wins (52-46).

Munce, now a successful trainer, believes Lloyd has the artillery to break his mark.

“It’s extremely difficult to maintain that pace over an entire season, but he’s got a good stable like Toby Edmonds kicking him along and he’s in demand from everyone,” Munce said.

“As a trainer I know that only too well, because it’s just become almost impossible to get him now. I don’t think anything has changed, he’s always been a top rider, but he’s riding better horses now.

“With that comes a lot of confidence and he’s right in the zone at the moment.”

Lloyd insists the record is not something he has even considered.

“It’s not really a goal of mine,” he said. “I don’t like to set targets too high. I just try to ride well at every meeting and take every ride as it comes.”

Following Wednesday night’s feat, the accolades were flying in at lightning speed on social media for Lloyd after he bettered Mick Dittman’s 1977 Queensland mark of six winners at a metropolitan meet.

Young guns Zac Purton and Tommy Berry were among the first to recognise the feat, while fellow South African Glyn Schofield noted “We Can play cricket, used to play rugby, but there’s one Saffa that rides the rest to sleep. Jeff Lloyd rides 7 winners today. #Who-needsyouth.”

Lloyd is not fussed about all the attention his recent feats have achieved, preferring to go about the business of riding, rather than be the pin-up boy of racing.

“It’s not my go at all,” he said. “But there is a lot of personal satisfaction.

“It was great to win the Queensland Premiership last year and in terms of the seven winners, I’ve always wanted to do something similar like that here in Australia.”

Lloyd rode seven winners at a meeting three times in South Africa.

Jockeys have ridden seven winners at a Queensland meeting on two recorded occasions previously, according to Mark Oberhardt’s Queensland Thoroughbred Racing fact book.

Bill “Skinny” Thomas rode seven winners at Townsville in 1929, while Noel Thompson was a seven-times winner at Cunnamulla in 1961

Story: Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography