Veteran jockey Jeff Lloyd has set a Queensland record for the number of wins in a season, aptly aboard a horse trained by his main supporter, Toby Edmonds.
Prontezza ($3) raced away to win a fillies and mares race at Ipswich on Wednesday and give Lloyd his 156th Queensland winner and his 121st Brisbane metropolitan winner for the season.
Lloyd was earlier successful on Silky Brown ($6.50) and Eight Below ($9).
He had already broken Chris Munce’s metropolitan record of 103 wins and he now has the state record to his name.
Edmonds and Lloyd have combined for a 56 winners this season.
“What more can I say about Jeff. He is the ultimate professional,” Edmonds said.
“Prontezza is a nice mare with a lovely pedigree so I would love to get some black-type for her.”
The Bryan and Daniel Guy training partnership took the rare opportunity to engage Lloyd who is usually booked by other stables.
“While we are based at the Gold Coast and so is he, he is usually booked up when we want him,” Bryan Guy said.
“His only winner for me was on a horse called Flying Lamborghini back in the 1800s.
“That is how long it feels since he rode for me.”
Guy has high hopes for Silky Brown, a two-year-old by Captain Sonador, later in her career.
“I think she might make a nice stayer later in her career. She had to make a 1000 metre run today and not many two-year-olds can do that,” Guy said.
Eight Below was the second leg of a winning double for the Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers training partnership with Chicago Nights winning earlier on the day.
“Eight Below can be tricky to ride but Jeff had ridden her at Caloundra before and knew what to expect,” Rodgers said.