Lloyd poised for an historic day on the Sunshine Coast
RACING: A remarkable set of circumstances will bring evergreen jockey Jeff Lloyd to Caloundra on Wednesday, as he aims to break Chris Munce's Brisbane jockeys' premiership record of 103 winners in a season.
Lloyd, 55, will take five rides on the eight-race metropolitan program at the same track where he suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013.
It will also be on the same track where he rode seven winners in one day on November 29, last year.
In another incredible twist, it was also at Caloundra in 2012 when Munce became the first Brisbane-based hoop to ride 100 metropolitan winners in a season, after he guided Belltone to win the listed Glasshouse Hcp.
SCTC chief Mick Sullivan remembers the day well, and never thought the record would be broken so soon.
"And (Lloyd's) still got four months to go. To break the record in eight months is unbelievable,” he said.
Lloyd drew level with Munce's record on March 25, and after a stint on the sidelines through suspension, will start the meeting aboard the Desleigh Forster-trained Sun Deck in Race 2 (1.10pm).
One of his best chances looks to be aboard the Jeffrey Chan-trained Fast Choice (Race 7), a lightly- raced 6yo stallion by Redoute's Choice, which saluted as an odds-on favourite at Corbould Park on March 12.
He'll also ride She Goes Pop (Race 3) and Prontezza (Race 8) for the trainer he's become synonymous with in recent seasons, Toby Edmonds.
Asked why Lloyd was so popular among trainers in Queensland, Sullivan said it was simple.
"His record speaks for itself,” he said, referring to Lloyd's hoards of premierships in Mauritius and South Africa and stints in Hong Kong.
"He has ridden winners all over the world.”
Sullivan hosted his last 100 Club gala dinner and draw after 17 years as CEO of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Friday.
The club has now advertised for a new chief before Sullivan hands over the reins on August 31.
"We've come a long way from being a country race club to now hosting metropolitan racing,” Sullivan said.
The first race is at 12.35pm.