Medical marvel Jeff Lloyd, who rode in the Vodacom Durban July last month, signed off with his 17th career jockeys’ premiership last weekend – but there will be no 18th title.
Lloyd is set to retire in the next few months, bringing down the curtain on one of racing’s great careers as he prepares to become a mentor for his two boys, who are passionate about becoming jockeys themselves.
Lloyd has maintained he would stop riding the moment his boys start and with oldest son Jaden, 16, set to try for a Victorian apprentice licence next month, his time is nigh.
Yet he has no intention to slow down in his final few months.
On the first day of the new season last Wednesday, he rode a treble. He added another winner at Doomben on Saturday, maintaining the same standard punters across Australia have come to expect for many years.
Lloyd turns 57 on September 1.