Champion jockey Jeff Lloyd has confirmed the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival will be his last.
Lloyd was a special guest at the carnival launch in Brisbane on Friday morning and confirmed his plans to retire later this year. He won last season’s Brisbane metropolitan and Queensland jockey titles and is set to do the same again this season.
Lloyd said he wants to spend more time with his family and help his eldest son Jaden follow in his father’s footsteps. Jaden, 15, is currently learning the trade at the South African Jockey Academy, where Lloyd was taught to ride. His youngest son, Zac, also wants to be a jockey.
“I want to devote time to helping them. They say go out when you are top and hopefully I can do that.”
Lloyd has rides in eight of the nine races at Doomben tomorrow, including the highly promising Whypeeo the $1.90 favourite for the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1050m).
Coincidently Lloyd created history last year when he broke Dittman’s record for most metropolitan winners in a day. He rode seven winners on the 12-race card, including the last five in a row to edge out Dittman by one win, which he set at Eagle Farm in 1977.
Lloyd has ridden 94 Group 1 winners around the world but will chase the one that got away when he visits his son after the Brisbane carnival. Lloyd plans to ride in the Durban July at Greyville, the premier race in South Africa where he began his career and won multiple premierships after his family migrated from England.
“I think I have run third in it 11 times but never won or even run second,” he said.
With retirement on the cards the kids and I are thoroughly savouring each and every winner – especially when he is the Manager as well as the Jockey – another awesome fourtimer today pic.twitter.com/5GSAy60lWs
— Nicola Lloyd (@nicolalloyd8) April 11, 2018
Lloyd, 56, suffered a stroke in 2013 and made a remarkable recovery to return to riding. He has claimed Group 1 wins in Australia, his first aboard Nom Du Jeu in the 2008 AJC Derby for Kiwi trainer Murray Baker. He has also won majors in South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.