Worldwide jockey Jeff Lloyd will seek a release from Patinack Farm’s Isopach in the Group A single Queensland Derby on Saturday week following the dominant victory from Kiwi stayer Largo Da Barra at Doomben.
Lloyd landed his initial winner given that arriving in Queensland recently to commence a new chapter in his riding profession when Largo Da Barra scored an easy 1-one/four-length win in Wednesday’s Coca-Cola Amatil Handicap (2200m).
The John Sargent-trained colt had to win to qualify for the 2400-metre Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm.
Lloyd rode the John Thompson-skilled Isopach who completed only eighth to Brambles in the Group Three Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben on Could 26.
“I am booked for Isopach in the Derby but I was disappointed with his final run so I’ll ring John (Thompson) very first to see if I can get off so I can ride this 1 (Largo Da Barra),” Lloyd mentioned.
“He’s a great stayer and I think blinkers have switched him on.
“He can sustain a prolonged run which he showed these days. It really is a large jump from this to the Queensland Derby but at least he can stay.”
Sargent was in New Zealand but stable representative Marina Compton was delighted with the son of Encosta De Lago’s victory.
Sargent is hoping to win the Group A single Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday with his filly Quintessential.
“I am rapt with this win and he ought to have adequate funds now to get into the Queensland Derby,” Compton mentioned.
“You can’t run to the line like he did immediately after taking off so far from residence if you can’t stay.”
Lloyd was relieved to ultimately get his breakthrough win in Queensland.
“I’ve only had about seven or so rides and it will take time. All tracks are various,” he said.
Lloyd, the winner of six South African jockeys’ premierships, now lives on the Gold Coast right after deciding to quit his highly-distinguished profession in Hong Kong.
He has ridden in nine countries, winning more than 4500 races and 90 Group Ones in the course of his stellar profession.
Meanwhile, Thompson is hoping Michael Cahill will be match to ride Pretty Pins in the Queensland Oaks immediately after the jockey was dislodged from Wee Bit Snobby soon following the start of Wednesday’s Sky Racing World Maiden Plate (1350m).
Cahill, who has a number of other essential engagements at Eagle Farm, was taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays immediately after complaining of a sore right shoulder.