History created at the Sunshine Coast

Dec 02, 2016

Jeff Lloyd created history on the Sunshine Coast overnight, riding seven winners on the 12 race card, bettering the previous record for most metropolitan wins in a day.

Lloyd landed seven of the last eight winners, including the last five on the program.

By winning the final event on Plucky Girl, Lloyd surpassed the feat of legendary Mick Dittman, who won six races at Eagle Farm in November 1977. It also set a new mark for the Corbould Park track, taking the mantle from Michael Rodd, who won six races at the track in October 2003.

While it is true that Lloyd benefited from the expanded 12 race program, the fact remains he has achieved something no other Queensland based metropolitan jockey has ever achieved. His previous best in Queensland was five, although he did ride seven winners on a card previously in South Africa.

Jeff Lloyd with his sons Zac (L) and Jaden. Picture: Natasha Wood, Trackside Photography Five of Lloyd’s wins were for Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds, who thus equals the record of Bruce McLachlan, Alan Bailey and Gillian Heinrich for most winners at a Queensland metropolitan meeting.

McLachlan achieved the feat in July 1985 at Eagle Farm, Bailey had five winners at Doomben in July 2003 and Heinrich the same number at Ipswich in 2014.

Edmonds is holidaying in New Zealand and celebrated the feat with great gusto, according to his son Trent, who looked after the Caloundra team today.

“It’s a day I will never forget, unreal” Trent said. “After Jeff had ridden his third one for us and fifth for the day, I kind of joked to him that ‘it wouldn’t be too much to ask for you to ride seven would it?’ and it happened.

“Jeff rung me last week to see what we would have for this meeting and I told him I thought we had a good team that hopefully could win two or three races. Driving up there, I thought anything more than three would be a bonus, so it’s been something to remember.

“Dad sounded like he was enjoying himself in Queenstown and suggested maybe he should stay in New Zealand and let me run the stable for him!”

Lloyd’s story of coming back from a life threatening stroke to claim the Brisbane Metropolitan Premiership last season is regarded as one of the great feats in Australian racing. But with an unbelievable start to this term, he is on target to smash his tally of 80 metro winners from 2015-16.

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.

Toby Edmonds' winners were:

Linlithgow, Toby Edmonds ($3.50)

I Am The Sculptor, Toby Edmonds ($7)

Biantic, Toby Edmonds ($3.50)

Sweet Shamrock, Toby Edmonds ($5.50)

Plucky Girl, Toby Edmonds ($2.80 fav)

News: Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail